Peter Gammons’ Insider column (subscription required) this week should be retitled the "Insaner". Gammons, an all-time fave, is (sadly) getting harder and harder to read, throwing out layers of names, numbers, and supposedly deep insiderish stuff that is beginning to read more like an US Magazine recap of where Lindsay Lohan shops than a column from a man with an unquestionably deep knowledge of the game and it’s workings. Here are some choice nuggets, paraphrasing and/or quoting:
- The Jays "beat everyone to the punch" by signing Ryan to a 5 year deal. No shit, Peter, they offered him a FIVE YEAR CONTRACT.
- The Scott Eyre contract (3 years, 11.5M) is "staggering". Compared to what, Peter, the Ryan deal?
- The big gamble for the Sox in the Beckett deal is that "all three [i.e. Beckett, Lowell, Mota] break down". Thanks, Sherlock. Way to not rest on those Hall of Fame laurels with that reporting.
Sometimes I think this blog does a better job, and we have zero access to anyone in baseball. Maybe that’s a good thing.