It has got to be tough for the main streamers who cover baseball as this is a limbo period of the hot stove where itâ€™s rumor after rumor (some of them made up just to fill up media space and time) because it will be one more week before teams can make contract offers to free agents. So while we wait the baseball owners to stimulate the economy there are some very interesting article on the web such as:
Paul Greco at Gotham Baseball has a great overview of Mets and Highlander prospect playing in the AFL. Reading the scouting reports on some of our prospects in the league there it looks more and more that the demise of the Mets farm system has been greatly exaggerated. I was upset over the thumbs down from the scouts that Eddie Kunz received as he has had an uneven performance so far in the AFL. I watch Kunz pitch in Brooklyn and his pedigree as a top collegiate closer made me think heâ€™d emerge a lot faster as a viable pitcher in the bullpen especially with the fact that he throws a good sinking fastball that youâ€™d think would translate into ground ball outs. Iâ€™m not ready to give up on Kunz yet and hopefully neither are the Mets. As we learn with Big Pelf, you need patients sometimes with young arms.
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So far the Highlander will sign every single free agent on the market and will go into the season with a 1.4 trillion dollar payroll. Not only will they sign CC Sabathia to 10yr/$200mil contract but they will give Manny Ramirez 4 yr/$190 mil deal and then sign Derek Lowe, AJ Burnett and Ryan Dempster to $100 mil deals each. Then Pack A Day Hank will buy the San Diego Padres franchise just to get Jake Peavy. He will then sell the Padres to Mark Cuban (because he canâ€™t buy the Cubs) at discount as Cuban agrees to let the YES Network televiseÂ Dallas MavericksÂ games so this way the NY/NJ/Brooklyn Nets can go to public access TV. Hank will then remove all of brother Halâ€™s vital organs to sell to pay for Mark Texieraâ€™s 20 yr/$500 mil deal. And with all that the Highlander will finish no higher than third place in 2009.
Daniel Murphy is REAL and he is SPECTACULAR.
Murray Chass is a cranky old bastard who hates bloggers but I am trying to follow President-Elect Obamaâ€™s message of reaching over the aisle for unity (just like when I saw the Pope and had a feeling of calm and patients and understanding like I do now with the Obama Presidency this wonâ€™t last long because people will continue to piss me off like the assholes who walk along the subway platform with those ridiculous fucking backpacks on wheels that people trip over daily. What the fuck are you carrying around that you need a backpack on wheels? Thereâ€™s something wrong with you mentally if you are toting around some much unwanted shit that you canâ€™t carry it on your shoulder but have to wheel it around and to the woman who took exception to me kicking her wheelie-backpack this morning at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, Iâ€™ll be on that 7AM boat again on Monday so bring your husband, son, grand son and other person you like and make sure they bring their wheelie backpacks too so I can kick them all the way to Whitehall Terminal. Man did I take the long way to link this Murray Chass column sorry for that marathon rant.)Â Â Â Chass writes about George W Bush wanting the Baseball Commissioners job badly but The Used Car Salesman, while denying it while he relocated the office from Manhattan to Milwaukee grab the job. One more reason to despise Bud.
I like that Omar is headstrong on adding pitching which is where his priority should be but do you get the same feeling I get that Omar is lying in the weeds when it comes to Manny Ramirez? I could see a scenario where Omar waits to see what the offers are and goes to the Skill Sets asking permission to match or better the offer. If its 4years or more Omar will pass but it itâ€™s 3 yrs I could see him offering up 3yr/ close to 90mil with incentives and some creative bookkeeping.Â