"Your new favorite import" indeed. I can honestly say I’ve never been this excited by a Sox acquisition since Pedro Martinez.
The buzz around this is truly incredible. Gotta hand it to the FO–they know how to keep us hooked!
I’m honestly surprised SoSH didn’t explode yesterday.
Frank Thomas coming to the Jays could have more of an impact than D-Mat coming to B-town.
Is another third place finish a possibility?
Can Frank Thomas keep AJ Burnett healthy?
I’ll say the “impact” is about even money. Frank Thomas could be good, and he could totally suck. Same with D-Mat. Kind of feel bad for Toronto and Orioles.. they put up so much money (for teams not named Yanks and BoSox) every year, but ever since the “arms race”, they haven’t really done much…
Can Frank Thomas keep Frank Thomas healthy?
The following is meant in good humour, but I know some of you sensitive types will rip me just the same –
I have a japanese friend named Daisuke who likes to be called Dai. Imagine, then what a coup a signing would be for tabloid writers:
“Red Sox Hopes Live and Dai With Matsuzaka”
“Matsuzaka Wins AL ‘Dai’ Young”
“In Game 7,Yanks Triumph As Sox Dai A Quick Death”
“Who’s your dad-Dai?”
true SF & Andrews, and if Lilly leaves the jays, they’re relying an awful lot on Burnett’s creaky arm and Halliday.
that could be a good lineup though.
They’ll need it, although Chacin’s a pretty good pitcher too. If Burnett stays healthy, the Jays will be a very good team. But that’s a big “if,” and he hasn’t yet had the full-season AL East experience, where he faces offensive juggernauts three and four times.
Burnett’s ilke the AL version of Prior… so good the 5 starts he make a year!
That starting pitching is pretty good, the Halladay/Burnett/Lilly/Chacin.. well, maybe when Chacin matures a bit. Halladay is nearly always a Cy Young candidate when he’s healthy.. speaking of which, he missed the last few starts of the season.. what happened to that?
Well, baseball tonight said that the Jays will be shopping Vernon Wells for pitching this winter because he’s sure to command more than Beltran on the market after this season, and they’re not going to pay it. If they were to trade for a starter to a team that could sign him, that could be a really good team. Well, I guess it depends on the starter and who’s going to play OF for them, but still, it could be big.
I like Wells, especially recalling that I picked him up in 2004 in fantasy baseball, dropped him due to a *really* slow start in 2005, and still gets taunted repeatedly. Ah well.
I would say that I rather have Wells than Damon at CF, if only for the defense, since we have enough sluggers and not enough tablesetters..
But ya, I’m guessing at least 20M / per going forward, unless he totally collapse this season..
would say that I rather have Wells than Damon at CF, if only for the defense, since we have enough sluggers and not enough tablesetters..
that’s funny. Is that even a question? Just look at the guy’s AL East numbers, and his defense is off the charts.
Just one more “headline”, if you please:
“Boras To Sox On Opening Offer: ‘No Dais'”
Oh, err, ya, the “since” is probably “although”. What I meant to say (terribly) is that Damon (if his numbers stay up there) is probably more valuable to the Yanks than Wells, except for the defense.. the Yanks need players that plays small ball once here and there.
Especially if you factor in the 7 mil (+luxury tax) difference..
I’m guessing there’s no way the Jays trade Wells within the division – -which would be fine by me. Though I’d love for him to end up on the Sox, his not being in the AL East benefits both the Sox and Yankees and pretty well assures that the Jays don’t finish in second place again.
Not that the Yanks or the Sox have starting pitching to give up for him.. except for prospects, but then Jays wouldn’t finish in 2nd for this coming season anyhow..
Lots of bad nicknames flying around for Matsuzaka (Dice-K, K-Mat, etc).
The best I could come up with was “Zac-Man.”
Unless something crazy happens, the Yanks payroll and their lux tax will probably still be a lot higher than the sox payroll plus the Matsuzaka posting fee, unless my math is totally retarded.
So, the Evil Empire stands alone again. :-)
I’m just saying…
Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m often wrong.
Depends on what you mean by “a lot”, since that’ll probably be the source of debate (with the banal arguments that follow)
We did get rid of Wright and Shef, so that’s like -20mil (or more if you count the lux tax), and you’re signing Matsuzaka for say, 12, and Drew for double digits..
Okay, I’m too lazy to do real math, since Yanks will also sign another pitcher (presumably) for double digits..
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