Before the Bomb Drops

The Mitchell report is released this afternoon, and it’s getting a big whole lotta press coverage from a guilt-ridden media that knows it pretty well dropped the ball on this story years ago. Or rather never bothered to pick the ball up. Keep that in mind when the sanctimony meters start flicking into the red. Meanwhile, some big news in the actual baseball world, recounted here for your pleasure:

-Miguel Tejada has been liberated! He’s now an Astro. Baltimore got a decent prospect package in return, but just imagine what they could have drawn if they had made this deal a year or two earlier.

-The Cubs signed Kosuke Fukudome to play right.

-The Giants signed Aaron Rowand to play center.

-Jake Peavy reupped for 3 years with the Padres.

-Johan Santana is still a Twin.

Closer to home, the Yanks have cut ties with TJ Beam, Matt DeSalvo, and Darrell Rasner to clear room on their 40-man.Carl Pavano has been paid off and will return on a Minor League deal.

30 comments… add one
  • And don’t forget that Prior has been non-tendered by the Cubs. It be interesting if the Yanks took a shot at him.

    Nick-YF December 13, 2007, 9:16 am
  • Good point Nick. I think players like Prior are perfect way for the yankees to use their financial leverage. Give him $4-5 mil and see what happens, the upside would be tremendous and the loss not too much.

    sam-YF December 13, 2007, 9:26 am
  • Clemens
    Posada
    Giambi
    Betemit

    RS Fanbase December 13, 2007, 9:32 am
  • Carl Pavano has been paid off and will return on a Minor League deal.
    What a clown!

    Paul SF December 13, 2007, 9:36 am
  • Prior’s a right-hander, but would be interesting to see if he would be a good bullpen guy. Of course, Prior might not want this, but that guy’s got good stuff.
    I love Santana, but everytime I see a “sure thing”, I’m reminded of Prior. He was so good, so promising, so quickly. On top of that, _everybody_ said he had perfect mechanics. Go figure.

    Lar December 13, 2007, 9:37 am
  • What is the proper way to pronounce Fukudome? It’s almost certainly not the way in my head..

    Lar December 13, 2007, 9:38 am
  • Foo-koo-DOUGH-may.
    Also, his first name is like Daisuke’s: Silent “u.”

    Paul SF December 13, 2007, 9:40 am
  • I’m kinda surprised Rasner was DFA’d.
    Sorry to disagree guys, but I wouldn’t want the yanks to sink any money into Prior. I don’t want another “Rajah of Rehab”.
    Nothing much other than gut feeling to base this on, but he really hasn’t been healthy since steroid testing started.

    The Sheriff (Andrews) December 13, 2007, 9:45 am
  • Guys, just call him “Fucks-K”. It’s easier!
    Also, Curt Schilling was on EEI this morning and predicted that the Sox will land Santana.
    He joked, “I’m looking at being a spot-starter No. 5 guy, which I’m entirely OK with because I see us having trouble not winning 120 games.”
    http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2007/12/schill_on_santa.html

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 9:51 am
  • EEI is reporting that Clemens is on the list. Supposedly leaked by ESPN.

    Brad December 13, 2007, 9:53 am
  • If Clemens is on the list I’m a happy man, since it probably happened when he went to Toronto (and suddenly gained 30 pounds of muscle).
    At least that’s what I’m assuming. I doubt he took them earlier. I hope they have actual evidence that he purchased, rather than just hearsay from trainers. I don’t want the greatest pitcher of our time humiliated unless he actually did it.

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 9:57 am
  • Ha. Perfect Atheose. He was clean when he was on our team, he cheated for everyone else.

    sam-YF December 13, 2007, 10:00 am
  • That’s what I’m HOPING, Sam ;-)
    I’m watching ESPN and they are reporting that Clemens is on the list. His trainer says that he gave him steroids WHILE ON THE YANKEES and before.

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 10:01 am
  • Ha. Perfect Atheose. He was clean when he was on our team, he cheated for everyone else.
    Well, following the logic, yes. He gained sooo performance much when he went to Toronto.

    Brad December 13, 2007, 10:01 am
  • Yeah, I saw it atheose.
    I’m liking it so far..

    Brad December 13, 2007, 10:02 am
  • I repeat, it’s officially on ESPN that Clemens took steroids while on the Blue Jays and the Yankees. ESPN is reporting it started when he was Toronto.
    Additionally, it’s reported that Clemens took steroids earlier this year as well.

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 10:03 am
  • So long as Mo isn’t on The List…and Pettitte, to a lesser extent…

    yankeemonkey December 13, 2007, 10:07 am
  • I have a feeling Pettitte will be named too. I’ve always liked him, so I’m sincere when I say that I hope he’s not named.

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 10:08 am
  • Clemens and Pettitte used the same trainer at the time.
    Oh man, this is going to get UGLY.

    LocklandSF December 13, 2007, 10:08 am
  • Ah, good ‘ol George Mitchell: leave it to him to keep Boston clean…

    ATLyanksfan December 13, 2007, 10:10 am
  • New thread up top for the names discussion, as I think this was supposed to be about non-steroids news — like Brendan Donnelly being non-tendered.
    Wait, doesn’t anyone want to talk about that?

    Paul SF December 13, 2007, 10:12 am
  • In slightly cheerier news, via MLBTR:
    Jays are close to signing Eckstein. Too bad Lo Duca went to the Nats, they could’ve had the grittiest, pluckiest team ever!
    And Johnny Estrada was non-tendered…didn’t the Mets just trade for him a few weeks back? Wha…?

    yankeemonkey December 13, 2007, 10:13 am
  • ATLyanksfan, Mitchell has plenty of people working on it with him. It would be tough to cover it up if there was evidence of use in Boston.
    Plus, sheer logic shows that it happened after he went to Toronto in ’97. He gained a shitload of muscle and was suddenly dominant again. Use your head man!

    Atheose December 13, 2007, 10:13 am
  • Atheose, we’re going to see ALOT of that over the next few days. With any less than ten full time Red Sox on that list, it’s not credible because of who headed the investigation. The guys in my lab are already using it as the excuse for their own teams.

    Brad December 13, 2007, 10:19 am
  • YM…Omar is confusing me too.

    Brad December 13, 2007, 10:19 am
  • We’re talking 60-80 names. That’s an average of 2-3 per team. Some teams will have zero, some teams will probably have four or five.
    It’s just unfortunate MLB picked someone with such an obvious potential conflict to head the investigation, and that he was so obtuse he didn’t think it would be a problem. I don’t think he’ll go easy on the Sox, but the appearance is obviously a problem.

    Paul SF December 13, 2007, 10:24 am
  • Oh, calm down, Atheose; I’m just being cynical. “Logic” would say he started afterwards because he was gaining in years by then.
    It just fits that we’ve been skeptical about Mitchell leading this investigation from the start, and lo and behold, Clemens started using as soon as he left Boston.
    Just doesn’t help his cause much, at least in my “question everything having to do with Boston” eyes.

    ATLyanksfan December 13, 2007, 10:25 am
  • the lack of a prominent red sox player named on this list will ‘prove’ nothing, unless the report claims to be a full and complete disclosure of all ped infractions over the years [impractical, of course], this may just be the tip of the iceburg…hard to imagine that in the 10 years or so of the ped era that only 60-80 alleged users have been identified out of the thousands of players …i haven’t done any homework on the process, sources, verification, etc. that mitchell and company followed, if that info. exists yet, but that needs to be understood before we can truly judge the veracity of the report…i do believe that bpud will want this to put the matter to rest once and for all, that and he wants santa to bring him a pony for christmas…

    dc December 13, 2007, 10:41 am
  • OH MY GOD OF ALL THE THINGS….

    SF December 13, 2007, 11:00 am
  • The Cubs’ signing of Kosuke Fukudome should bring glee to Cubbie fans everywhere, who will no doubt derive hours of entertainment making double entendres about Fukudome’s last name.
    Cubbie fans can find joy in even in the simplest things in life.;)

    SoxFan December 13, 2007, 3:49 pm

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