Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I really don't want to spend days talking about baseball trades and signings in December, but damn, there has been too much shit going down this week to ignore. When you've got Cy Young winners changing addresses and the beginning of a new superpower out West, it must be discussed.
First things first, what in the Hell are the White Sox doing? Kenny Williams' moves this offseason have been extremely mind-boggling. Is he trying to get fired? Does he even scout? Has he not bought a calendar over the past half decade? First, it was the insane pick-up of the overrated and grossly overcompensated Alex Rios. Then, he traded for Mark Teahen who the Royals have been trying to unload for 2 years. Next, he signs dinosaurs like Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones. He follows that up by actually paying JJ Putz. The same Putz that the awful Mets bullpen did not want to bring back. And yesterday, he trades for Juan Pierre. The same Juan Pierre who is a one-tool player these days. These are just horrendous acquisitions. I would not be surprised if the White Sox lost 100 games this season. If he really wants Ozzie Guillen gone, just fire him. There is no reason to humiliate him this season and make Ozzie kill some poor reporter after his team starts out 0-20.
John Lackey signed with the Red Sox for AJ Burnett money. I have to admit, that is a solid move for them. Lackey is a big game pitcher and might be the best #3 starter ever. But, he has a history of arm troubles and is uglier than sin...I wish him the worst. Fortunately, the Red Sox have no idea what they are doing when it comes to position players. Giving 30 million to Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron? These guys are terrible. Has Cameron ever hit over .250? And let's not forget that he's a steroid guy. A steroid guy that couldn't even hit when he was on the juice.
And of course, we have to mention the big dog trade. Basically, the Phillies obliterated their farm system for Roy Halladay and Ben Francisco. Wow. Initially, I thought that this trade was stupid for them until I heard that Roy was cool with a 3 year/60 mill extension. Damn, that is a fucking great deal for a stud-ass pitcher. The Phillies sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. It is being reported that Lee wants CC/Johan money. Good luck, buddy, because you aren't a 140 million dollar pitcher. That money goes to strikeout pitchers. Guys that pitch to contact don't get nine figure deals (see Derek Lowe). I don't quite understand why the Phils dealt Lee though. He only makes 9 million this year. Keeping him with the addition of Halladay would have been an easy championship. So what if he leaves in the offseason? You would get two first round picks back. I think that Philly dropped the ball here. To have Roy and Cliff on the same team this year would have cost them a combined 24 million. How can you pass that up? For God's sake, they would sell out every fucking game!
What really bothers me is the Seattle Mariners. These guys are trying to buy a championship! It seems like every year they just buy all the best players. It's not FAIR!!! This is what is normally said about the Yankees. I respect the M's for going for it though. With everyone seemingly going cheap, Seattle said fuck it. They go out and get Chone Figgins to hit behind Ichiro and form arguably the best 1-2 in baseball. They trade for Cliff Lee to pitch behind King Felix to form arguably the best 1-2 on the hill. They are in the running for Jason Bay still. This is good stuff. This is how you build a championship team. You can't be afraid to spend money or deal prospects. No one fucking wins with prospects anyway. The whole point of having prospects is to deal them to some other loser team to get their studs. Winners don't have time to wait for kids to figure it out. Well done, Seattle.
Hideki Matsui goes to Anaheim. Whatever. That will surely make up for losing Lackey and Figgins.
As far as the Yankees go, they seem content and I like that. I would really like to see them sign Ben Sheets to an incentive-laden deal. That guy is a beast when he is healthy. If he gets hurt, well we did bring back the great Chad Gaudin. The Jason Bay rumors need to stop though. I don't want any part of him for the kind of money that it will take.
And finally, the Indians signed Jason Grilli last week. Order those World Series tickets now!!! The Cubs are apparently pleased with their underachieving squadron. And how can you argue with those results. My team is still the WORLD CHAMPION which makes me better than you.