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Thumbs up, thumbs down

Posted by: Sam Borden - Posted in Misc on Dec 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With a very respectful nod of the head to Siskel & Ebert (& Roeper), I thought this might be a good time to run through some of the baseball news, views and rumors with a thumbs up/thumbs down rating system (these are only my opinions, of course, unless you disagree, in which case they’re Chad’s):

Thumbs down to Roy Halladay’s agent saying Halladay won’t approve a trade once spring training starts. Nice try, pal – you think Roy will say ‘no’ to the Yankees (or Red Sox or Phillies) if the Jays are 20 under again in July?

Thumbs up to Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos saying he’s got no problem dealing within the division. At least someone is being honest.

Thumbs up to those who think Curtis Granderson would be a good fit with the Yankees. Great player and an even better guy. (And yeah, I know about the splits. I’d still take the chance)

Thumbs down to anyone who wants the Yankees to go after a “big-name” reliever like Mike Gonzalez or Rafael Soriano. First, signing these guys would now cost draft picks since they were offered arbitration; and second, if the Yankees have learned anything over the past few years, it’s that big-money non-closers just aren’t worth it. I’d rather see more of Dave Robertson in 2010 than end up with another Kyle Farnsworth.

Thumbs up to all of you who commented and emailed about the Tiger Woods post/saga/disaster. You guys (and girls) helped me come up with this column, which was about the loss of privacy for all of us in this day and age. So thanks.

Thumbs down to a best-of-seven Division Series (at least until someone tells me how the World Series won’t end near Christmas).

• Thumbs up to an international draft – an idea that seems long overdue.

• Thumbs down to trading Phil Hughes for Halladay (though thumbs up to trading Joba Chamberlain or Austin Jackson for him).

• Thumbs up to reclamation project gambles (and, for what it’s worth, Justin Duchscherer > Rich Harden > Ben Sheets in my value book).

• Thumbs down to sticking with Chien-Ming Wang (sadly, for book sales).

• Thumbs up to mailbags – how has it been this long without one? Let’s get it going. Feel free to e-mail questions and we’ll try to do our first offseason one shortly.




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