Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bay wants to be a part of it, New York, New York

It turns out that all of the rumors about Jason Bay possibly returning to the Boston Red Sox were just that…rumors.

Earlier today it was announced that Bay had agreed to terms on a 4 year $66 million dollar contract with the circus act called the New York Mets. Bay joins a team that has plenty of superstars (Francisco Rodriguez, David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Beltran) but has notoriously underachieved over the years. The Mets are full of big name players, but they are an embarrassment of a team that will never win with their current cast of characters.

Apparently, the idea of playing for a franchise like that intrigues Bay. In the past year, he has turned down a contract offer of 4 years and $60 million from the Red Sox, where he would have been playing in a pennant race each year. Instead, he will now be playing for the junior varsity team in New York, albeit for a few million more.

Enjoy your time in New York, Jason. I hope that the extra $6 million that the Mets are paying you will come in handy in October when you’re sitting at home watching the Red Sox in the playoffs.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Caldwell made the right choice; an unpopular one, but the right one

The Indianapolis Colts lost yesterday for the first time this season, falling to the New York Jets. The Colts, who had already clinched the division and home field advantage in the playoffs, pulled their starters during the game to avoid injury and to rest them for the playoff run coming up.

The Colts loss means that the ’72 Miami Dolphins can celebrate for at least one more year as being the only team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl.

In my opinion, the Colts did the right thing. They have the bigger picture in mind, which is going to the Super Bowl. However, a lot of sports writers and commentators disagree with me. Quadry Ismail of ESPN says that the Colts “missed out” by pulling their starters. Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star wrote that the Colts “tossed away perfection like a Christmas leftover. They treated it with a casual shrug of the shoulders, disdain even, as if they were beyond such a trivial pursuit”. The Chicago Tribune even went so far as to say that the Colts coach “dropped the ball by tanking the game.”

I’d like to know exactly what the Colts “missed out” on by pulling their starters. Did they miss out on getting Peyton Manning seriously injured in a meaningless game? How about any of their other first string players? How many of these “experts” would have changed their opinion about pulling their starters if one the Colts main players had gotten hurt? I guarantee that people would have been demanding that Colts coach Jim Caldwell’s be fired for risking his players to go after such a trivial record. Caldwell did the right thing by pulling his first starters out of the game. No offense to the New York Jets, but it was a meaningless game.

I hope that the Colts win the Super Bowl now. Once it happens, I’d like to see how these same writers who are criticizing Jim Caldwell now praise him for making the right moves.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Heavenly Angel is now a Wicked Awesome Chowda Head

The Boston Red Sox made the biggest splash of the off season thus far by signing John Lackey to a 5 year deal today. This signing gives the Red Sox a starting rotation that is head and shoulders above the rest. By signing Lackey, the Red Sox have 6 impressive starting pitchers in their rotation (Beckett, Lackey, Lester, Matsuzaka, Bucholz, and Wakefield).

This move shores up one of the Red Sox needs this off season. They also need to find a third baseman (assuming that Mike Lowell is traded), and a left fielder (because Jason Bay more than likely isn’t coming back).

To do this, they don’t go out and spend Yankee money to get the biggest and most expensive stars. The Red Sox like to get the most bang for their buck. That is why as I write this the Red Sox are in contract negotiations to sign Mike Cameron to a 2 year deal to play the outfield. Cameron can play all three positions and will be able to provide some power at the plate. He also comes at a significantly cheaper price than Jason Bay or Matt Holliday. By saving this money on Cameron, the Sox will be able to go out and find the 3rd baseman that they so desperately need.

Speaking of 3rd baseman, don’t be surprised to find the Red Sox making a deal for one as soon as the Mike Lowell situation is resolved. I’ve heard rumors of Adrian Beltre, Kevin Youklis (after the Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez), or even Garret Atkins.

But those are just rumors. I’ve learned to never trust them when it comes to the Red Sox and their GM, Theo Epstein. I pay pretty close attention to rumors about player movements, but I never heard a peep about the Lackey signing until today. And more than likely, we won’t hear about their new 3rd baseman until they announce the signing.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What to do, what to do

The deal has been agreed upon, and as soon as the financial details get worked out Mike Lowell will leave the Boston Red Sox in a trade with the Texas Rangers.

This deal has left a sour taste in the mouths of many Red Sox fans, who have voiced their opinion on many message boards and blogs. Honestly, I don’t blame them for being upset with the deal. Lowell has been an important part of the Red Sox ever since he arrived in Boston, and now he is getting traded for a minor league catcher.

Believe it or not, I am completely fine with this deal. Lowell will be 36 by Opening Day of next year and has been injury prone for the past few years. It is time for the Red Sox to get younger and more athletic, and those are two words that do not describe Mike Lowell. As much as I liked him being a part of the Red Sox, business is business. They got a few good years out of him, and Lowell will forever be a part of Red Sox history.

So what now? The Red Sox have an opening at 3rd base that they need to fill. There are a few options that they can explore. Kevin Youklis has played many games at 3rd and has done well, but that will open a spot at 1st base. David Ortiz has played 1st in the past but since he’s been off of steroids, he seems to be breaking down physically. If Youklis moves to 3rd then the Red Sox will have to obtain a 1st baseman this off season. They have been in contact with the San Diego Padres about Adrian Gonzalez. He is a young, power hitting left handed hitter who would do well at Fenway.

Another option for the Sox would be to keep Youklis at 1st base, and then sign Adrian Beltre to play 3rd. Beltre is a younger, more athletic player than Lowell was. He is a great defensive player who at one time was an MVP candidate with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only down side to Beltre is that he has been injury prone the past few years, just like Lowell.

Or, the financial details of the trade do not get worked out and Lowell stays the 3rd baseman for the Boston Red Sox and they go on to win the World Series!

I like that last one best.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Curtis Granderson is a Yankee. Son of a nutcracker!

The Yankees, defending World Series Champions, have added an all star center fielder entering the prime of his career to their already imposing lineup.

On Monday, I heard a rumor about this deal. Then on Tuesday afternoon, the deal was agreed upon. Once all players involved pass their physicals, the deal will be official and Granderson will be the newest part of the evil empire that is the New York Yankees.

As a Red Sox fan, part of me wants the team to go out and spend money to sign as many big free agents as they can. That same part also wants the Red Sox to trade for as many big name players as possible, just to beat the Yankees.

That’s just one part of me. The other side, which is my more rational side, doesn’t want the team to just spend money for the sake of spending money. I don’t want the team to give up some of its best prospects for a top of the line player that is only going to be around for a year or two.

People may be talking now about how good the Yankees are going to be with Granderson, but championships are won on the field, not off of them.