Buster Olney is reporting that “the framework for a deal” is being constructed between Boston and Minnesota. Here’s a hint- the Red Sox aren’t looking at Nick Punto.
As it is being reported, the deal is Johan Santana for Coco Crisp, Jon Lester, and minor leaguer Jed Lowrie. A fourth player is being discussed. Obviously, this deal would be dependent on Santana agreeing, and possibly reaching an extension with the Red Sox.
Seriously, do you think Santana says no to this trade? And Minnesota, is that the best you can fleece from Boston? They have been looking to dump Crisp, Jon Lester is a great story, but not a great pitcher, and how good could Jed Lowrie be that great if he couldn’t beat out the corpse they have at ss now?
Of course there is a chance this deal never gets done. If another team beats the Red Sox offer who do you think it will be? Right. The Yankees, who would have to dangle Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera to entice the Twins away from Boston’s proposal. Either way, it looks very unlikely that Santana is pitching for the Twins again next year. If Boston lands the lefty, it looks like they have their one two punch set for a few years with Beckett and Santana, with Dice-K and Schilling rounding out the rotation. Continue reading
Filed under baseball, Boston Red Sox, C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, contract, Free Agency, Indians, Johan Santana, New York Yankees, Sports, trade talk
Major League Baseball will announce at 2pm today the American League Manager of the Year award. Most of the mainstream media has picked Eric Wedge to win the award over Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Joe Torre, and Terry Francona of the Red Sox. If Wedge wins the award we will of course congratulate him in a later post.
Unfortunately, instead of being able to focus on the individual achievements of the Indians. We are subjected to this. Now of course I didn’t go looking for that, I was led there by our good friends at The Big Lead. That was the only Cy Young story they ran. (Full disclosure- we sent them a link to our article.) In fact not only did they not run an Indian fan perspective, they didn’t mention anywhere that C.C. won the award.
But how about those Red Sox fans? Can’t even acknowledge that someone else might deserve the award over their guy. That is why the rest of the world hates you. Self-serving, pompous, arrogant jerks. Here, this should spoil your lunch.
Here’s the report from the ESPN newswire…
Eleven current free agents will be named in former Senator George Mitchell’s report on steroids use in baseball and all 11 players have been notified by the commissioner’s office, The Boston Globe reported on its Web site Thursday afternoon.
The newspaper, citing two agents who attended Wednesday’s union meeting in New York, said the agents confirmed this news Thursday.
Jose Guillen, a free-agent linked to a Florida anti-aging clinic at the center of a federal investigation into illegal steroid sales, is one of the 11 players who allegedly bought steroids, The Globe reported.
Baseball team officials were told last month to be prepared for Mitchell, a former Senate Majority Leader and director of the Boston Red Sox, to issue his report by the end of the year.
Mitchell’s staff sent lawyers representing some players with ties to the BALCO investigation letters that notified them of the deadline, CBS News reported Wednesday, citing a lawyer who received the letter.
So…I think that any free agent signings might be delayed a bit. Would you sign someone right now? I understand if it was one of your guy, but I certainly wouldn’t touch a guy I didn’t know right about now. Continue reading
There are a few new friends in the Blogroll. Obviously we added Ghosts of Wayne Fontes because of our friendly wager with them last week. They have quality stuff over there, and even though they are from a certain northern state, they are decent guys as well.
For some reason we never had Juiced Sports Blog in the roll, which we corrected. They actually named us in their 100 most influential sports bloggers post. Somewhere in the 30’s if I remember. Not sure why, but hey, we’ll take it!
The Sports Diva covers all the Ohio teams, and well, she asked us for a link. Sometimes that is all it takes.
I’m truly impressed with Cleveland Sports Authority. A fresh new blog with excellent writing. If you are a fan of Northern Ohio sports, you should be reading it.
Yeah, then there’s the Halftime Adjustments team shop. Really, I just wanted a shirt to wear and promote the site. But, you never know. If I get a clever for a shirt someone may want one. I get no commission on any of these, pure cost.
And, well I couldn’t resist. Saw this on The Big Lead and couldn’t help myself.
Watching last night’s game was very painful. Kind of like last year’s National Championship game. I thought Sizemore’s rocket foul ball/could have been a home run might be a sign of good things to come. Kind of like Ginn’s kick return. In both instances I spent the next 3 hours getting punched in the gut. The Indians have one game to win. 172 games into the season, and if they don’t win today they are finished.
Now, ESPN is reporting about Paul Byrd and HGH use back in 2002. I don’t even want to talk about that today. I’ll post in the next week sometime concerning that issue. The more pressing trouble is a game 7 at Fenway Park. Here’s hoping the Indians get back on track today behind Jake Westbrook.
Filed under ALCS, baseball, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, ESPN, HGH, Indians, Jake Westbrook, Paul Byrd, play-offs, Sports, steroids
The Buckeyes came through, so we’ll be talking soon with our buddies over at Wayne Fontes. But for now…It’s Tribe Time!
How do you kill zombies again?
Seriously, Lugo looks dead in this photo! We gave up a bunt single to a corpse!
(No, I did not alter this photo in any way!)
If you are looking for me to make excuses for Thursday’s loss you will be disappointed. Josh Beckett beat the Indians. That’s it. Should Sabathia have pitched in the seventh? No. Did that cost us the game? No. The Indians will travel to Boston and have a 1 in 2 chance to go to the World Series. And honestly, I like our chances. Fausto Carmona vs Bloody Sock, then Jake Westbrook/Paul Byrd vs Dice K/Tim Wakefield. I think we end it in game 6. I really do.
Fausto will get ahead of hitters with the fastball, then make them swing at the sinker. The same recipe he used all season. Jake Westbrook should be his guide, and the Tribe wins at Fenway. That’s my prediction. Remember the pressure is still on the Red Sox. They are facing elimination, not the Tribe.