Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Good Morning! Thanks again for stopping by. I had to watch the finale of The Bachelor last night, so I just didnít havfe a chance to do anything too in-depth. Sorry about that! So today, just a few random thoughts on some goings on.
∑ On Sunday in Venezuela, Brian Bass had a rough start, at least by his standards in Winter League. He gave up four runs (3 earned) in 5.1 innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four.
∑ The White Sox have already had a full offseason and now it appears that they are just starting. Yesterday, they shipped Jon Garland to the Angels in exchange for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. I think it is a strange trade for both teams really. Why would the pitching-strong Angels acquire another pitcher, one who is vastly overrated? Why would they deal their gold glove winning, .300 hitting shortstop who is actually making less than Garland? It has to be a sign of something bigger to come for both teams. In my mind, that signals a deal to bring Miguel Cabrera to the Angels. Erick Aybar can start at shortstop and Brandon Wood can be the key component to send to the Marlins along with a quality pitcher. They could ship Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver or even Joe Saunders as well. They have plenty of depth. The White Sox can move Juan Uribe over to 2B to platoon with Danny Richar, but now their pitching staff is even more full of questions than in 2007. Counting on the likes of Gavin Floyd or Jose Contreras doesnít seem to make a lot of sense.
∑ Of course, the deal also gives the White Sox a little extra money, and it now appears that Torii Hunter will sign with the White Sox as early as later this week. I will believe it when I see it. Hunter has only really spoken with three teams and I would think that there are a few more that would at least want to talk to him. I do think that the White Sox will over pay tremendously for him, and the Rangers will potentially out-bid the White Sox. So, letís see.
∑ Tom Glavine is back with the Braves. Greg Maddux resigned with the Padres. John Smoltz is still the Braves ace. What an amazing trio! In talking to some people, they want these types of pitchers to go out while they are still on top. I have a little different take. My thought is that as long as they arenít making fools of themselves and are performing at even a league average level, who are we to tell them not to continue. Glavine and Maddux are both very solid #3 or #4 starters. Smoltz is a very good #2 and even still an ace. I say good for them. Keep pitching as long as you want.
∑ Aaron Gleeman named Earl Battey his choice as the Twins #17 all-time player.
∑ A-Rod was the easy and obvious choice for AL MVP. It will be quite interesting to find out who wins the NL MVP. My vote certainly goes to Jimmy Rollins. Matt Holliday is a solid choice as well, but is he really a better choice than Prince Fielder? And really, I get tired of people talking about what happens in the post season mattering. These are regular season awards. The regular season matters, and it should. Iím not going to give out an award to someone who did well for 5-14 games in short series!
Thatís all I know. The Twins do need to make their final 40 man roster decisions today. Of course, they can still alter it if they sign a free agent or make a trade, but I am quite intrigued by what they will do.
Have a great day, and please be sure to e-mail me with any thoughts you may have.
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