Thoughts upon my return from an early Thanksgiving with the in-laws/recapping a busy weekend in baseball:
- 8 years, $136M. I’m not dogging on the Dice-K bid because I love it. But leave it to the Chicago Cubs to make a $51M outlay just to talk to a pitcher who’s never thrown a pitch in MLB look downright brilliant.
- If SF can be criticized for being a member of the Flat Earth Society for his reservations about BABIP, then Tony Masarotti must still believe the earth is held up by an elephant standing on the back of a turtle. How else to explain Masarotti’s dismissal of such a new-fangled techno stat as on-base percentage in questioning Drew’s production potential? "Are walks really worth all that money?" he asks. There are two good arguments against the Red Sox signing Drew (injuries and personality), and Masarotti hits both of them, but it’s odd to try to minimize the production of someone who consistently hits .280/.400/.500 (162-game average: 27 HR, 27 2B). You don’t get there just by walking a lot, Tony.
- Two schools of thought on Manny Ramirez’s suddenly bargain-basement contract (if Soriano is worth $17M a year, how much is an actual Hall of Fame hitter who can hit the ball consistently from season to season worth? $25M? $28M?): 1. Manny is suddenly much more attractive to other teams, allowing the Sox to get more in return and pick up less of his contract in a trade with, say, the Angels or White Sox. 2. Manny is suddenly much more attractive to the Red Sox because replacing his production would require spending the same or more money on a less-productive hitter. Which wins out? You make the call!