Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30th 2006
- John Henry favorite Alex Gonzalez is your 2006 Red Sox shortstop.
- Strong defensive shortstop makes sense on a 1-year deal for Boston.
Alex Gonzalez in the fold with a 1-year $3 million deal
Monday, January 30, 2006
I Believe The Kids Are Our Future...I am in like, not love with the deal. Wally Szczerbiak is owed $37.5 million over the next 3 seasons after this year, as well as a trade kicker (still looking for the amount), so he is likely here to stay. The Candi Man's deal is off the books after this season (around $6 mill), and it allows the C's to unload 4 years and around $32 mill that Blount stood to make.From a pure financial standpoint, the Celtics save some guaranteed dough with this deal, but it doesn't seem to help them at all in terms of the cap for the next 3 seasons.
This, from McHale, is high comedy:"Through this trade, we've become a much more athletic team," Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said in a statement. "With Ricky Davis, we've added one of the more talented shooting guards in the NBA -- both on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Plus, with Davis and Trenton Hassell together on the court, we'll have a great defensive presence at the 2-3 positions."
Kevin's talking about defense and Ricky Avis...The most athletically gifted Rent-A-Player in the NBA? There actually is a "D" in Ricky Davis, but it definitely doesn't stand for defense, which is the reason why he's gone.Pretty good, short article on Szczerbiak's relationship with KG, and his lackluster D...Wally and KG.
To me, Wally should help them play team defense and is a good perimeter offensive player, which hopefully opens up more opportunity inside for the young guys in the future-this year is obviously a lost cause. They are still athletic enough with Jefferson, West, Allen, and in 2007, Gerald Green, so the move should benefit them in their quest to rebuild.
-The Dominican Diva, On Alex Rodriguez's decision to play for his native United States
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Red Sox Media Mogul Tom Werner Says:
"Reminded that this decision might have a significant impact in minority communities, Werner said, ''We have outreach programs. We want to bring more Hispanics and African-Americans to Fenway Park. And remember, there are still a handful of [Fox] games over the air.'
NESN started broadcasting the Red Sox in 1984, gradually increasing the number of games each year. Now the message is clear: You want to watch the Red Sox on television, you have to pay.
''I don't want you to portray me as insensitive,' Werner continued. ''I am sensitive. But this is a business decision. And in our desire to remain competitive, we support Sean's decision. We think it's the right thing to do. We'll review the decision in a few years and see if it makes sense.'"
Saturday, January 28, 2006
- Wally is due $37.5 million over the next 3 years
It's too bad that Ricky Davis had to be sacrificed for Ainge's Blount Blunder...
Friday, January 27, 2006
"Crisp, who will suceed Johnny Damon in center field and atop the lineup, 29-year-old righthander David Riske, and 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher Josh Bard are coming to Boston. The Sox' top prospect, 22-year-old Andy Marte, is headed to Cleveland, along with Mota, 25-year-old catcher Kelly Shoppach, cash considerations, and a player to be named or further cash considerations.
It was not known how much money the Sox would be sending to Cleveland, but this deal required commissioner Bud Selig's approval, and, as a rule, Selig must approve any transaction that involves more than $1 million. ."
Thankfully this prolonged negotiation is concluded with the Sox getting what they wanted. The small market Indians squeezed some cash out of the Sox by moaning about Mota. It will be interesting to see if he holds up all season; The quality of the player to be named likely depends upon how Guillermo's arm fares in 2006.
-Red Sox Hot Stove Trade Rumor Hub
"Red Sox Owner Strikes Out In Funds, Too
Source: Institutional Investor Daily-Hedge Funds
It wasn't a particularly good year for Boston Red Sox owner John Henry on and off the field. Not only did his baseball team fail to make it back to the World Series (do I hear one-hit wonder as champs?), but his hedge funds also struck out big time. According to Brett Arends in the Boston Herald, John W. Henry & Co. lost more than $60 million as a result of 10 of his 11 funds losing money. Even his financial and energy funds, in a sector that struck gold for other firms, ended down 16%. So, what happened? Henry chief investment officer Mark Rzepcznynski blamed these 'significant reversals' on 'economic events that were not predicted by market professionals', such has Hurricane Katrina or winds blowing growth rates in another direction. That, however, doesn't explain how other hedge funds got it right; it seems it's just the luck of the bet. Arends quotes a profound insight from Mr. R: 'We have strong confidence that the future will be unpredictable.' Duh."
-Red Sox Hedge Fund Hub
On days he doesn't pitch, Schilling is notorious for striking TV-ready poses on the dugout stairs. (His manager in Philadelphia, Jim Fregosi, dubbed him Red Light Curt.) "He's somebody who's always positioning himself in terms of what's best for Curt Schilling," says ESPN's Pedro Gomez, who described Schilling as "the consummate table for one." (Speaking of which, Schilling also has a reputation for sneaking into the clubhouse late in games to get a head start on the buffet.)
So avid is Schilling's longing for the spotlight that some of his peers raise doubts about his now legendary turn in the 2004 postseason, when he pitched on an ankle tendon that had been sutured in place. During Game 6, cameras cut repeatedly to the bright red stain on Schilling's sock. It was blood, right? "The Diamondbacks people think he definitely doctored that sock," says the sportswriter. The ex-teammate laughs: 'All around baseball, people questioned that. It was funny how the stain didn't spread.'"
Thursday, January 26, 2006
The Red Sox and Dustan Mohr have agreed to terms on a minor league deal, according to the Denver Post.
Boston Celtics Deal Ricky Davis To McHale's T'Wolves For Wally Szczerbiak
"That's unacceptable. Let me put it this way, the only way to really understand what is really going on with a player or a pitcher is to put your hands on them, talk to them and physically examine them. I lend much less credence to studies than to physical examinations. This was a point of discussion between myself and the administration in regards to Pedro Martinez, for example. We had a questionable MRI, but the physical examination was perfect and the performance was perfect."Any physician that does not examine a patient — I don't care if it's a professional baseball player or Joe Blow living down the street — you aren't serving your patient completely."
-Red Sox Hot Stove Trade Rumor Hub
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Meet The New Boss...Same As The Old Boss
Larry flexes his ego once again
While Theo was contemplating returning to the organization in an advisory role, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said in a statement, "He and I talked and agreed it was best for the organization if he returned as general manager, a title more appropriate for him because it accurately reflects the role he will play."
Coco Crisp to Boston Red Sox is on hold.
"'They just didn't show an interest or a desire in having me anymore,' he says. 'I was such an integral part of that team, too. When I got there it was 25 guys and 25 cabs. Everybody was doing their own thing.
'I helped change the culture there. I helped them win a world championship. I made a difference on the field and in the clubhouse.'
Yet, even though $40 million is a decent, if not extravagant, offer, Damon feels it was just enough for Boston to save face, but not save him from moving on.
'Believe me, if it wasn't the Yankees, there were a few other teams I could've signed with for more money than the Red Sox were offering. They didn't seem to care,' he said. 'Before I signed with the Yankees, I almost signed with Los Angeles, and Boston's attitude was like, 'Oh well. Big deal.'
'When that fell through, they still didn't make a move. I gave them every opportunity. I don't know, maybe they didn't believe me and that I would go somewhere else.'
'I tried with them. I really tried. You can look at it and say the money was so much better, but it wasn't just that.' "
-Red Sox Hot Stove Hub
Monday, January 23, 2006
New England Sports Hub Hot Stove Trade Rumor Central
Oh Yeah, Baltimore Introduced Kris Benson Too...
Sox Go Coocoo For Coco
Crisp To Boston Update:
Boston will ship top prospect Andy Marte, reliever Guillermo Mota, and catcher Kelly Shoppach to Cleveland. The deal is contingent upon physicals. The only player in the deal with a known and recent injury issue is Mota, who missed a month last season with the Marlins because of inflammation in his throwing elbow.
The trade is now a complex six-player deal centered upon 26-year-old Coco Crisp that also will bring to town a quality setup man in 28-year-old David Riske and young catcher Josh Bard.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Red Sox Hub Trade Rumor Central
He is rated highly by scouts, G.M.s, and credible baseball publications as one of the top 5 prospects in baseball, and was clearly the top prospect in both the Braves and Red Sox organizations-both loaded systems. The Sox gave up Renteria and $11 million to get him, so their cross checking systems must have rated him highly; It is highly unlikely that he has gone from top prospect to suspect from a few winter ball at bats. If so, then the Sox badly overrated him before making the Braves deal and you have to question their entire scouting and development team. He is healthy and playing winter ball-Cleveland isn't trading for damaged goods-especially with all the injury rumors out there. Cleveland obviously considered Marte the best offer, and Cleveland knows how to pick young talent; Marte still has HUGE upside. No player is a sure thing, but Marte is a calculated risk worth taking over filling a hole with an average CF.
- The Sox filled a pressing need:
Winning organizations never let it come to this. You simply do all that you can to avoid putting yourself in a desperate, vulnerable position that allows trading partners to hold you hostage. It can happen with bad luck and injuries, but in this case it was due to a lack of planning and foresight going back to 2004 in regards to the future in centerfield. The longer you wait, the more leverage the player and the market gets. The always spin/p.r. conscious Sox panicked and payed a King's ransom in return for a commoner. Is Crisp going to change your lineup? (He struggled at the top of the CLE lineup and hit ninth most of 2005; He often swings at the first pitch). What does he do really well?? If you have no choice but to try and cover up your mistakes, you do so with cash rather than mortgage your future. See: SF Giants/Steve Finley.
- The Bottom Line on this deal:
The Sox go from having a CF and 3B with major league minimum salaries and All-Star upside to an average major league CF making $3 million and a #3-4 starter making $3-4 million-both without All-Star upside. In the short term, as in 2006, the Sox are probably better than they would have been keeping Marte and grabbing Reed(although Reed is primed for a breakout in 2006). In the long run, the Sox blew a great chance to create budget and player stability for years to come-anchored by potential young stars at 3B and CF. You never don't trade huge upside for zero upside; It is simply not the way to build a dynasty.
Marte and talent for Sizemore-Yes! (Doesn't make sense for CLE unless you threw in a Lester +)
Marte for Reed-maybe: Both are young players with huge upside.
- RISK 101:
- If Marte flops in CLeveland and Crisp maintains his 2005 performance, then you took a big risk and received a small benefit-an average CF in 2006.
- If Marte develops in CLE and Crisp maintains his 2005 performance, then you took a big risk and lost a huge benefit-an All-Star slugging, gold glove 3B for the next decade.
Your risk/benefit ratio tells you that you should keep Marte unless offered a player that fills both a hole (SS/CF) and has at least a big upside. That simply didn't happen here. This trade is a mistake, and could be a colossal blunder if Marte meets expectations.
Sunday, January 22nd 2006
- John Henry favorite Alex Gonzalez is your 2006 Red Sox shortstop.
- Strong defensive shortstop makes sense on a short term deal for Boston.
Sox Go Coocoo For Coco
- Sox panic and overpay for a good, but not great player, with a great prospect and solid reliever.
- Sox have saved $10-15 million in 2006(before Alex Gonzalez deal and Wells trade); They have the cash to make moves during the season.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
- Epstein acted immaturely at times. According to Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College economics professor and a well connected sports business expert, Epstein was angered by a Boston Globe column that revealed that it was he rather than Lucchino who reneged on a trade with the Colorado Rockies in July. In the columnist's telling, Lucchino was the hero: "Lucchino took the fall, killing the deal and saving Epstein." Epstein was outraged by the article. During his press conference, he denied that the column affected his decision to resign, but Zimbalist isn't buying it: "It's unlikely you would own up to that because it does seem a little bit callow and precipitous."
- It's also worth asking whether Epstein had gotten too much credit. According to one baseball insider friendly with Bill James, many of the under-the-radar players Epstein signed--including playoff heroes David Ortiz, Bill Mueller, and Kevin Millar--were players James had recommended. "Epstein is a better than average GM," this person says. "But there is a lot of credit and blame in this business that gets stuck in places where it's not deserved." James declines to discuss his advice other than to say, "From my standpoint, we sink or swim together."
- Finally, Epstein benefited from good fortune. For example, superstar designated hitter David Ortiz emerged only because the Sox's first choice, Jeremy Giambi, flamed out, notes Callis, who adds that the team came within a hair of losing the pennant in 2004. Had that happened, it's doubtful Red Sox Nation would be gnashing its teeth over the departure of a GM who led them to two consecutive defeats to the archrival Yankees. "I think it's possible to be very good at a job and overrated at the same time," says Callis. "Theo probably falls into that category."
Friday, January 20, 2006
Crisp, who hit .300 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs while making $365,000 last season, is seeking more than $3 million in arbitration. The 26-year-old has been atop the Sox' list for some time.
The Sox also continue talks with other teams regarding a successor to Johnny Damon in center field, but a high-ranking Sox official shot down two rumors circulating yesterday.
One rumor making the rounds had Steve Finley, the Giants' fourth outfielder, coming to Boston for David Wells.
Another apparently inaccurate rumor had the Sox sending Arroyo to Cincinnati in a deal for Ken Griffey Jr., who is signed with the Reds through 2009 and could veto a deal to Boston.
(Fox, Globe, Internet)
-Red Sox Trade Rumor Hub
The Red Sox released the following statement from club owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein last night:
“As you know, we have spoken frequently during the last 10 weeks. We have engaged in healthy, spirited debates about what it will take over the long-term for the Red Sox to remain a great organization and, in fact, become a more effective organization in philosophy, approaches and ideals. Ironically, Theo’s departure has brought us closer together in many respects, and, thanks to these conversations, we now enjoy the bonds of a shared vision for the organization’s future that did not exist on October 31. With this vision in place, Theo will return to the Red Sox in a full-time baseball operations capacity, details of which will be announced next week.”
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Willie Mays Harris Signs With The Red Sox
He runs like Mays, Hits Like Harris(Unfortunately)
Harris is solid defensively in CF and at 2b
A Sox Suit: For Love or Money? - Jan. 11, 2006
If Sox win the arbitration ruling on Minky's baseball, will they sell that off too?
-Lucchino Is The Devil Hub
Patriots 2006 Victory Parade Awkward, Sparsely Attended
Kraft arrested for loitering, dancing without rhythm
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
"The deal includes a club option for 2008. Tavarez gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $3.1 million in each of the next two seasons.
The club option, worth $3.85 million, would become guaranteed if the 32-year-old right-hander appears in 125 games over the next two seasons or 65 in 2007."
-Red Sox Hot Stove Trade Rumor Hub
"Castiglione said the pitching, with Beckett and a deeper bullpen, is better than 2005.
Trupiano was not so sure.
'When I look at the pitching staff, you have to wait and see what you get from (Curt) Schilling and from (Keith) Foulke,' Trupiano said."
Monday, January 16, 2006
He never got a chance with the parent club in 2005.
-Red Sox Free Agent Hub
His career to this point likens him to Paul Konerko. The Red Sox would be very pleased to wind up with a corner player with similar productivity.
-Red Sox Trade Rumor-Prospect Hub
"'I'm looking for a safe word here, I don't want to be a bad teammate,' Manning said when asked about Indianapolis' blown blocking assignments. 'Pittsburgh gave us trouble and put us in some situations we're not usually in.' "
-Peyton Being Manning, pointing the finger at his offensive line
Hey Peyton, that throw to Polamalu must have been your left tackles fault...Ben Dreith saved your choking ass on that one.
'''They were blitzing and I rolled right. I thought I had Troy in the corner. I got hit and, when I was on the ground, I heard the crowd reaction and I looked up and said, 'Oh, no...Poor execution, bad throw. I've got to throw that ball away and we settle for the field goal.'"
More questions about the throw came his way, and Brady fielded them cleanly. He said the Patriots gave the Broncos ''points on a silver platter," that it was the team's ''best players" who made the mistakes that cost them dearly, and that he did catch a glimpse of Bailey and wishes he could have the play back. ''You've got to be careful when you throw his way."
-Brady Being Brady
Teams like the Colts will never learn(We Hope)...We know that Mannng will never get it: It isn't about physical talent.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
THE STREAK IS OVER
FAST FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
10-0 postseason run ends
with a 27-13 loss in Denver
- 5 turnovers are truly uncharacteristic of a Belichick team
- Ben Dreith would have been proud of the phantom pass interference call on Samuel that changed the entire game.
- Had the officials gotten the Ben Watson freight training of Chump Bailey correct, it would have to be considered one of the most incredible clutch plays in postseason history...
(National media outlets have reported that the overhead camera angle was inexplicably unavailable during the review, and that subsequent viewing of the angle showed that it should have been a touchback, Patriot ball on their own 20 yard line).
"Andre Miller's name has resurfaced in trade talk, says someone in the know. Sounds to me like the Celtics may have rekindled summer dialogue that nearly sent Paul Pierce to Denver for the former NBA assists leader. Boston's current prime objectives are to dump sizeable long-term contracts and acquire an established point guard. "
"Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra will play for Mexico at the World Baseball Classic in March. "
No announcement has been made as to what position Nomah will be playing, although he is likely the best shortstop on Team Mexico.
-Hub Baseball Rumor Central
"Although Bill Belichick has been trying to talk Mangini out of taking the Jets job, Mangini will make his own decision, and that decision would be to accept a fair Jets' offer if one is, indeed, made."
Friday, January 13, 2006
If 890 ESPN had a radius larger than a spare tire, we might have actually heard this. Still, we agree that Ron Borges is a hack that lacks opposable thumbs. He can't admit that he was wrong on the Belichick hiring, and writes with the skill of a jail house poet.
"This fellow (Belichick) has cornered the market on convincing people with the help of his friends that no one has ever worked harder than he does and he's out, uh, you know, when everyone else is sleeping, he's working, when everyone else is eating, he's working, uh, I could say something, but I won't ... about uh, how at least some of his time is being spent... Â
Borges is culturally insensitive
Boston Globe reporters, along with its discredited hacks like Borges, are not allowed on sports radio WEEI in Boston. The ban apparently began with something Borges allegedly said on the station back in 1999. According to some sources, he called New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu 'a fat Jap.'"
-Globe Cartel Hub
Plummer is stylin' with a look he likes to call "homeless chic".
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
FOXSports.com - Myers Confirms Manny Psycho About Boston
"So the Yankees, for example, aren't being watched in the same way the Red Sox are(because New York is a much bigger pond). Mike Myers, the lefty reliever who just signed with the Yanks after a stint in Boston, confirmed this on our XM show last week. He said that he thrived on the scrutiny, but acknowledged that Manny was tired of it. Myers said wherever you go in Boston people know you. You're almost like a rock star. He's switching teams not because of the media, but because he always wanted to pitch for the Yankees and suddenly had the opportunity. Manny just seems to want out, though I'm sure he has certain teams in mind. At this point, it seems as if the Sox are trying to accommodate their disgruntled left fielder. "
Cowboy Up Is For The Birds
Red Sox free agent first baseman Kevin Millar is about to sign with the Orioles, according to internet and club sources.
-New England Sports Hub
The Red Sox and free agent reliever Julian Tavarez have agreed on a two year deal worth $6.7 million, plus a vesting option for the 2008 season.
"Tavarez was the losing pitcher in Game One of the 2004 World Series. He gave up a tie-breaking two run homer to Mark Bellhorn with one out in the 8th inning that snapped a 9-9 tie and gave the Sox and 11-9 victory. "
Looks like a prelude to a deal involving Red Sox pitching for a center fielder and or a shortstop...Guillermo Mota, it was nice knowing Ya.
-Red Sox Hub