I’m Back- Thoughts on the Latest News in Baseball

I know, I haven’t posted in a week, but that’s within good reason. I was trying to get through this horrible week alive, and now that I have, I’m free for two weeks. I got through five painful midterms, and now that I have, the daily posts will return. The hot stove is still pretty hot from the Winter Meetings. A couple of acquisitions went down, a few non-tenders, and plenty of rumors. 

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Perhaps the Yankees made the biggest acquisition this past week. We all know that they signed Sabathia, but Burnett as well? The two most eligible free agent pitchers are now on the Yankees. They have one hell of a pitching staff. They’re hoping they get lucky with Burnett’s history of injuries, he came off a great season with 18 wins and roughly 231 strikeouts. They’re really hoping he doesn’t become the next Carl Pavano; however, I’m sure a few other teams are.I’m actually hoping that he stays healthy, the Sox and Yankees are going to have some of the best match ups this upcoming year. 
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The next both eligible free agent (I feel like I’m auctioning people off here) is Derek Lowe. It seems like the Yankees would still have some interest in him, but the Phillies, not so much seeing that they recently signed Jamie Moyer. Theo and the Sox have been laying low with all this talk about Teixeria so it’s unclear as to whether or not we’re interested in Lowe. For the Sox, Lowe would be more appealing if his price went down a little bit. Then again, it’d also be more appealing for the Mets as well, who are looking for another starter. So that would lead to another crazy offseason between the Mets and Red Sox (remember Johan Santana last year?). On another note involving the Yankees, Petite was offered a three year deal from an unnamed team. The Dodgers and Red Sox are supposedly interested in him (even though I haven’t heard ANYTHING about Petite and the Red Sox). 
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Not only did the Phillies sign Moyer, they also signed Chan Ho Park, and Raul Ibanez. With the signing of the right handed Ibanez, Pat Burrell will no longer be with the Phillies-after a nine year run with them. 

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Kerry Wood of the Cubs, who had a rough, injury prone season last year, signed with the Indians (I originally thought of the Reds, but I got that resolved…) to a two year $18 million contract. I think that’s a bit much for a guy who didn’t have that great of a season last year. 
Both the Angels and the Cardinals have been looking into Brian Fuentes, and they are both in need of closers. 

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A more interesting story; however, is the one involving Rafael Furcal. Earlier this week, I heard a report that he was returning to the Braves, that Escobar would probably move to second base, etc. Then, yesterday, I heard a report that he signed with the Dodgers! As far as I know now, he received. the contract from the Braves, but did not return it, and ended up signing with the Dodgers. The Athletics were looking into him too so now they need a shortstop. 

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So a sad but possible rumor about Manny? He could be going to the Yankees. He’s asking for a lot of money and the Yankees could be one of the only teams willing to supply it. Personally, I don’t think he’s a good fit for the team. He’s way too much of a free spirit, and the Yankees are kind of uptight. Manny doesn’t like to shave, or cut his hair, he never really runs, he throws his glove up in the air in the outfield, he eats sandwiches during pitching changes, etc. Plus, I’m way too emotionally attached to Manny to have him go to the Yankees. I was absolutely devestated when Johnny Demon went to the Yankees in 2005, because he was my favorite player. Now, Manny, who used to be my favorite player, could be going to the Yankees as well? I don’t even know if I could handle that. 
On my french midterm, which was today, we had to write about our favorite memory, so I wrote about my first time at Fenway Park. I’m really hoping that it’s coherent. I’ll be around here during winter break, reading and analyzing every rumor that comes out of the Hot Stove season. 
-Elizabeth

8 Comments

It’s great to have you back! I’m glad all your midterms are over. I’m homeschooled, so I don’t have that problem :) Lots of interesting stuff is going on in the Hot Stove. Thankfully, Jake will probably be staying! Enjoy your break!
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Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by RSBS. Personally, I kind of hope Manny ends up a Yankee. Wouldn’t that be some homecoming reception: BOOOOOOOOO!!! at Fenway? Ha, that’d be one of those priceless moments from MasterCard.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Congrats on surviving midterms, Elizabeth. That’s worthy of a standing ovation!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

The clean, shaven, and professional Yankee ideal would definately be challenged by Ramirez. It’d be like Axel Rose joining the 3 tenors. I can’t imagine a world where Manny is a Yankee. It can’t possibly happen. Can it?
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I would rather someone else sign Burnett for five years, and someone else did. It makes the Yankees better on paper for 2009, but the entire contract must be looked at to evaluate properly.

http://statisticianmagician.mlblogs.com/

Glad mid-terms are done Elizabeth! How can Manny go to NY? There’s no scoreboard for him to hide in! Have to agree with Jeff – the Booooooooooos would be heard on the West Coast! Enjoy your two weeks of freedom!

Julia
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Hey, Elizabeth …

Good to see you back blogging again !!! … I hope all went well on all your mid-term exams !!! … Well, it looks like the Red Sox are out of the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes. So, that’s great news for the Yankees; maybe, they will come through with a last minute “final best offer” deal to bring Tex to the Bronx !!! … I would offer Mark Teixeira, a, “9 year / $198 Million contract ($22 Million per year) … Anyway, we will see what happens in the next week or so !!! … Also, whatever the Yankees do next, I really hope they “do not” sign Manny, for many reasons … I agree, Manny will not be a “good fit” on the New York Yankees !!! … Take care, Elizabeth … And, by the way, we had our “first major snow fall” of the winter here in NYC, and the East [probably, Boston too] … A perfect day to talk about “baseball” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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Yes, we do have one hell of a rotation. And you can have Lowe, as long as we get Sheets.
And good job surviving midterms, or finals week as it’s known over here. I did too.
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