News item: Royals sign LHP Ron Mahay for two years, $8 million.
Reaction: That’s a lot of money for a guy best suited for the sixth or seventh inning. Still, kudos to the Royals for finally spending some money these last two years. But kudos also to the Yankees for showing restraint. They were 37-19 the last two months of the season without having a lefty they could count on.
News item: Curt Schilling rambles on for 3,200 words about Roger Clemens in his blog.
News item: Hank Steinbrenner tells Newsday that there’s an “outside chance” the Yankees will get Johan Santana.
Reaction: This story has now officially gotten tiresome. Trade for him, don’t trade him, let’s just move on. Bill Smith seems to be the Steve Trachsel of GMs.
The more interesting part of that story were Hank’s comments about how it’s his decision ultimately. He referred to himself as “the owner.”
The Hank and Hal Show has become a solo act, it seems. Little Stein has made all the right moves so far, keeping the free agents and showing patience on the Santana front. Were he talking to reporters these days, I’d love to know whether Brian Cashman thinks he has the same powerful job he negotiated for in 2005. The ultimate disposition of the Santana situation will be a sign, as Cashman does not want to trade Hughes or sign any pitcher for six years and $120 million.