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Going to be a lot happier if this four-team trade goes through.
Why in the world would the O’s give up Miggs for just Lugo and Kris Benson (w/ Anna the Insane in tow, of course…I wonder if she’d re-work her famous vow to sleep with all the entire O’s roster if Kris cheats on her again)? The deal seems to make sense for everyone else, but is Tejada really that unhappy? Plus, I’m sure a lot of Mets fans might grimace at also losing Heilman. Shades of the Kazmir deal. But at least they’re getting ManRam in return, plus they get to send Kaz Matsui far, far away.
ps – Happy 06, everyone!
I’ve said “why in the world would” a million times just before the whole thing goes down. I never underestimate the creativity of a franchise with a couple disgruntled players and just as disgruntled fan bases. Not that I am one of them, in fact I’m quite happy with the turn of events the past month. Hey Spidey, you getting excited yet? 13-3…. I’m elated.
Brad, I’m totally psyched, and I think the way the Broncs came out and attacked the Bolts was a good sign. Shanny learned from past mistakes, I guess, in terms of not tankin’ the final game like he did v. the Pack a few years back. The bye is great, and I just wonder who we’ll host in two weeks. I sorta hope that it’s not the Patsies, b/c they’re starting to look Borg-like again (in the Star Trek-NG sense, not the Bjorn sense, though he was pretty much a machine in his prime, I suppose). I mean, Brady and Belli and Bruschi (even though he’s a bit dinged up) are clicking, plus how many teams score on late drop-kick? They’ll be tougher than the Colts, I think.
All I can say to you Broncos fans is “Plummer”. There. That ought to end any title fantasies.
Now, GET BACK TO BASEBALL.
Let’s go skins!
re: the 4-way.
first off, quoting David Brent: Kinky!
second: What I’ve read, it sounds as if Manny and Clement would be packaged together, and you guys would get Miggy and Gathright. Sounds like a good move for the Sox. But, I’d caution any sox fan about getting too excited about Gathright. He seems like a poor version of Juan Pierre. Centerfield would still be an issue needing address if that trade goes through. That said, the Sox would make a huge upgrade at SS, find a slightly above average player at center to replace Damon, and need to fill a huge hole at left. Since Theo nicely filled the minors with prospects, and since there are a lot more left-fielders with decent bats than short stops, I think the Sox will be more than able to trade for a good left fielder (last I heard Adam Dunn was available).
Who is excited about Gathright? Not me.
Re: Plummer: Doug Williams, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Mark “The Rypper” Rypien. But point well taken, SF. Jake ain’t no Johnny E.
But I’m having a tough time finding out the specifics about this 4-way. I read that Clement wasn’t involved. That it was Manny–> Mets, Miggy–>Sox, Lugo/Benson–>Orioles, Heilman/Mets prospects–>DRays. From Dirt Dogs. Is this old news? Could be.
re: Gathright. My only point is that Gathright wouldn’t address the centerfield issue. He’s fast, but he doesn’t strike me as having much value outside of that.
I’m basing the excitement comment on the fact that some yankee fans on yank blogs were pushing him as a solution to the center field problem before Saint Johnny arrived. Some people like his game.
Would Sox fans trade Manny for Kris Benson and Julio Lugo? I sure wouldn’t, and the O’s earlier said no to a straight-up deal of Tejada for Manny — so why should they say yes to this?
And if Minaya gives away Milledge and takes Manny with no cash, he’d better come close to winning the World Series or start thinking about another job — and I don’t think he has enough pitching to get through the playoffs.
Manny’s only 34 and had an excellent year, but the Sox thought he was old, Glavine will be 40, and the other starters had ERAs over 4. And that’s in the NL, where ERAs are lower.
Oops – Manny’s only 34
Make that former Red Sock Pedro, not current Red Sock Manny.
2005 10-8 4.13
Career 57-61 4.25
Not only would Sox fans not trade Manny for Benson and Lugo, neither would the Sox’ front office. But whether the Orioles would do that for Tejada is a different question. I can’t imagine they would, but teams have made dumber moves.
There are certain front offices with track records for not making brain-defyingly absurd moves (the Braves, the A’s, the Sox I would say to a certain extent) and others with the opposite rep (the Rangers and the Tigers come to mind). I am not sure where the Birds fall in this continuum, but they do have a notoriously moody owner, one who has been known in the past to meddle with those making personnel decisions. It would be prudent to hedge our surprise over what some teams do, even in the case that we armchair analysts determine something to be crazy, at least on paper.
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