The Week That Was in Baseball: December 7-13, 2009
Scott Boras Puts on the Kid Gloves • A Review of the Week's Signings and Trades
Barry Bonds Finally Faces Reality • Have You Voted for Your Best of the 00's?
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A Complimentary Slap in the Face
Boras retorted immediately, poking Herzog’s statements by countering that “Modern GMs, particularly (Yankee GM Brian) Cashman, with a new ring on his finger, characterize signings like Mark Teixeirawho akin to Holliday achieved near-MVP status and taken a team to the World Seriesas ‘suicide.’” Boras, going two-sided with his mouth, then added, “Again we congratulate Whitey on his admittance into the Hall of Fame.”
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We Ought to Tell You: Our All-Decade Nominations
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This Week in Player Relocations
Curtis Granderson traded to New York; Edwin Jackson traded to Arizona for Max Scherzer. The Yankees, who gave up a common player (reliever Phil Coke) and prospects in this three-team deal, only got better as they come away with the best short-term end of the deal with the magnetic Granderson taking over in center field and, likely, at the leadoff spot; his presence is bound to spark an already rich Yankee lineup. The Diamondbacks get a sound starting pitcher in Jackson, who has vastly improved since struggling a few years back in Tampa Bay. The Tigers sacrificed talent (Granderson) and solidity (Jackson) for reduced payroll and a possible future ace in Scherzer, who’s slowly (though not surely) getting there.
Pedro Feliz signs with Houston. Feliz brings much promise to Minute Maid Park; his defense is sharp and his bat may produce more punch with the short left field porch. Of course, we had this feeling when he signed on with Philadelphia, but he ended up a disappointment.
Bobby Crosby signs with Pittsburgh. The Pirates had to act big and sign somebody, so this is the best they could do. Crosby is a former Rookie of the Year who has devolved rather than evolved since. Heading to Pittsburgh just begs to continue his downward path.
Rafael Soriano traded to Tampa Bay. Soriano surprised the Atlanta Braves, who signed experienced closers Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, by excepting arbitration rather than declare himself a free agent. For the Rays, Soriano represents the latest best hope for a team struggling to find long-term security at the closer spot.
Randy Wolf signs with Milwaukee. The Brewers are crossing their fingers that Wolf’s sterling turn as a starter for Los Angeles this past season is a steady sign of things to come, following on the heels of four straight underachieving, injury-plagued campaigns.
Brad Penny signs with St. Louis. This could be as significant a signing for the Cardinals as a possible re-upping with Matt Hollidayif Penny pitches as well as he did to end the 2009 season in San Francisco. With Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter already stars, an on-target Penny could give the Cardinals one of baseball’s best rotationsif not its best, period.
Rich Harden signs with Texas; Kevin Millwood traded to Baltimore. The Rangers are taking a major chance in dealing away an innings-eating ace for a former closer (Chris Ray) badly struggling to find his way back; filling in Millwood’s shoes with Harden will be difficult given the ex-Cub’s constant presence on the disabled list. Meanwhile, this is all a good thing for the Orioles, who can use someone, anyone to pitch.
Chone Figgins signs with Seattle. Figgins’ relocation northward from Anaheim could spice up the AL West race in 2010. With Ichiro Suzuki, the Mariners now have two solid sparks at the top of the order; now if they could only find some people to bring them home.
Ivan Rodriguez signs with Washington. On the surface, this is nothing more than a cosmetic maneuver for the lowly Nationals given Rodriguez’s recent depreciation, but he could bring valuable sage to a young rotation that sometime in 2010 may include the big Number One, Stephen Strasburg.
J.J. Putz signs with Chicago White Sox. Putz’s year didn’t go so well in New Yorkbut then again, little went well for the Mets in 2009. A second fresh start in as many years for a guy looking to rediscover the unbelievable fire he possessed at Seattle from 2006-07.
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We Ought to Tell You: Our All-Decade Nominations
With the end of the Oughts (read: 2000s) in sight, This Great Game has revealed its nominees for the best and worst of the decade that was. Categories include best and worst team, hitter and pitcher; the most memorable moments, on and off the field; the best one-year wonder, and more. Take a good look at the nominees and then get your chance to vote on the winners! TGG will tally the final vote and announce the winners at the end of the year. (Voting ends on December 21, so get your PDFs in now!)