Archive for October, 2007

My plea for the resigning of Mike Lowell

Monday, October 29th, 2007

This is my plea to the Red Sox to resign Mike Lowell.

Just hours after Boston has won its second World Series in a few years, and Lowell was awarded the MVP award for the Series, I started thinking about what the 2008 Sox (thanks in part to Scott Boras’ “timely” announcement that 3B/SS Alex Rodriguez will opt out of his contract with the New York Yankees).

The man led or was near the top of the team in the offensive categories, and he virtually carried this team when Manny was out, Ortiz was hurting, and Drew was, well, it wasn’t postseason-Drew. His defense is still Gold Glove caliber. The man seems to like to play in Boston, something that he noted last season was the difference between the crowd in Boston and that in Miami. His teammates seem to like him.

Oh, and he’s not as old as either (a) the Marlins were letting on, and (b) the salt-and-pepper look.

There is going to be a lot of interest in Lowell this off season, probably the #2 third baseman on the market after A-Rod. I’m sure the Sox will initially offer one year with an option for a second. And when all said and done, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lowell ends up with a three year for about $14MM a year (thanks in part to the amount that A-Rod will end up commanding).

Not my money, but I would think that the Sox will probably think that is still a deal.

A-Rod is a D-Bag

Monday, October 29th, 2007

As I’m watching the Red Sox play in game 4 of the World Series, the booth throws it down to Ken Rosenthal for some breaking news: Scott Boras has announced that Alex Rodriguez is opting out of his contract with the New York Yankees.

What a complete A-Hole.

I know that technically that Boras was the one that made the announcement, and it wasn’t the Yankees (which during the World Series, MLB has a rule about making announcements that would draw attention away from the Series). But it really is on Rodriguez since Boras is really just an extension of him.

Awesome. What a move. Now you not only don’t have the interest of the Yankees, but I’m sure now the Sox (who won two World Series since A-Rod almost came to Boston and seem to be doing okay without him) aren’t that interest in him either.

Hope you like the media attention in San Francisco.

The Next Yankee Manager

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

I was listening to a segment of the Mike and Mike in the Morning a few days ago, and Dick Vital, I thought, brought up a pretty interesting point about the firing/handling of Joe Torre by the New York Yankees.  Paraphrasing, he said that it would be interesting if the manager that they choose to replace Torre will get more than a guaranteed-one-year contract.

That would be an interesting twist in the whole matter.

Initially, my take on the offer, which I believe was one year, with an option for a second, at $5MM and an additional $1MM for each round that is made in the playoffs.  The $5MM, alone, is way more than the next manager.  And while it is still a pay cut, which Joe Torre has every right to feel disrespected about based on that fact alone, it’s still a lot of money.  That does show that the Yankees were “serious” about retaining his services, at least for another year.

Here’s the kicker, though: If the Yankees were “serious” about retaining his services, then how come they didn’t negotiate at all.  This can’t be the first time that the New York Yankees have negotiated a contract, is it?  Did they really say that if this is the guy, no matter what, we’re not going to budge an inch.  H-E-double-hockey-sticks, all the guy wanted was one more guaranteed year.  And if you didn’t like his services at the end of the year, they are only out $5MM.

I never knew the Yankees to be so frugal with their cash.