The comments on this blog are endlessly fascinating and amusing.
My favorite of the day was the report that Alex Rodriguez is in Florida. I would imagine that he is in Florida … since he lives there.
The latest thing among those with two much times on their hands is to track the movements of private jets on some web site. So if A-Rod’s plane goes to San Francisco, therefore he is signing with the Giants!
What that fails to take into account is that those who have private plans usually rent them out to make them more cost effective. Or they often own shares in a plane with another wealthy person.
Finally, I also love the trade proposals that suggest the Yankees send 17 players they don’t really need to get Miguel Cabrera or Johan Santana. Here is how you have to look at trades: picture yourself being the GM of the other team and standing at a podium to announce the deal.
If the trade is going to make the people in the room throw up their hands and mutter, it’s not a good trade proposal.
Minnesota cannot trade Santana for a center fielder with little power and a rookie pitcher who blew out his hamstring last season and had a 4.46 ERA. “Thanks for coming everybody, we’ve sent the great Johan Santana, the best pitcher we’ve ever had, to the Yankees for Melky Cabrera and Phil Hughes. Go Twins, tickets go on sale next week.”
Also, keep in mind that with revenue sharing that every team now has money. Gone are the days when certain teams had to dump their star players. The Rockies held on to Todd Helton and made it to the World Series. Teams noticed that.
If the Rockies can win the pennant, so can the Marlins or most anybody else. There will be no overt salary dumps. If Florida is going to trade Cabrera, it is going to want a package of equal talent.
The trade market will be active because the free-agent market is so weak. But that doesn’t mean there will be bargains to be had. If the Yankees want to make a deal, there will be a price to pay.
I love Santana. He’s healthy, left-handed, insanely good and he loves pitching in New York. But you’re not getting him on the cheap. Start with Robinson Cano, then toss in Hughes and you could have the start of something.
Minnesota’s new GM has to play this carefully. His first move can’t be getting duped by Brian Cashman.