Sports and my thoughts

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sports: Matsuzaka In a Redsox Jersery

Looks good to me.

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Sports: Aubrey Huff signs

Another person I would have wanted on the Redsox signed today, Aubrey Huff. Who agreed to a 3 year $20 million deal with the Orioles.

The Orioles have reached agreement with free-agent utilityman Aubrey Huff, the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday, citing several industry sources.

The offer is believed to be for three years and $20 million, the newspaper reported.

Huff, a 30-year-old left-handed slugger, is expected to take a physical next week in Baltimore.

"All that is left is a physical and dotting the I's and crossing the T's," one source familiar with the negotiations told the Sun.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Sports: Should Merriman be NFL Defensive player of the year?

Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins doesn't seem to think so.
Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says the candidacy of his likely chief rival for NFL defensive player of the year, Shawne Merriman, was tainted by a four-game steroid suspension in November. "

You really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with," Taylor said Wednesday. "To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message."

Merriman, who plays outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, has denied he's a steroid cheat and blamed his positive test on a tainted supplement.

"A performance-enhancing drug is, obviously, what it is," Taylor said. "You enhance your performance by doing that. You fail that test, I think it's not right, it's against the rules and ultimately I think it's sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment but also to learn lessons from it."

When told of Taylor's comments, Merriman said he tries to be a good role model, adding he has taken his punishment for the positive drug test.

I happen to agree with Taylor, I don't think if you cheat and get caught you should be rewarded with Player of the Year honors.

And this just goes to show you how big of an idiot Merriman is...
"If I wasn't having the kind of season I'm having, this wouldn't even be a conversation," Merriman said.
Well no shit sherlock. If you didn't cheat you wouldn't have 16 sacks this year. If you didn't cheat you wouldn't be this good and you wouldn't be up for Defensive Player of the Year.

I'd defiantly give him the Just Shut Up Award from Mike and Mike in the morning.

Sports: Remanding Free Agents

There are a few guys left that I wouldn't mind the Redsox taking a flier on.
Troy Percival
Eddie Guardardo
Matt Herges
Dan Kolb
Aubrey Huff
Roger Clemens (if he comes back?)
The top 4 guys are all former closers and the Redsox need bullpen help more than anything. Kolb had 35+ saves 2 years ago for Milwakee and fell apart when the Braves traded for him. Herges closed for half a season or so for the Giants a few years ago and had moderate success. More so than most of the relievers already on the Redsox Roster. And it wasn't that long ago that Eddie Guardardo was known as Everyday Eddie. I don't know if any one of those guys could close or even be effective in Boston, but for a cheap incentive laden contract I wouldn't mind seeing how they performed.

As for Aubrey Huff, I think he is a good utility player that can play 1st, 3rd, and the corner outfield positions moderatly well and has some pop in his bat. With our injury prone outfielders I wouldn't mind having him as insurance. Who knows what Manny is going to do now that we didn't trade him. I hope he will play and give us his normal 300 Ave 35+ homers and 110+ RBIs. But if he decides to shut it down, I'd like to have someone who can platoon with Willy Mo.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Sports: Zito to the Giants

This surprised the hell out of me. I fully expected a bidding war between Texas, Mets, and the Yankees for Barry Zito. But he just signed a 7 year deal with the Giants for $126 million.
Barry Zito is staying in the Bay Area with the San Francisco Giants.
ources told ESPN's Peter Gammons that the former Oakland A's pitcher has agreed to a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Giants.

The deal includes an $18 million option for 2014 and a complete no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

If Zito pitches 600 innings over the last three years of the agreement, 400 innings over the last two or 200 in the final year of the deal, he can either exercise a player option or opt out of the contract.

Zito is scheduled to have a physical Friday, and the Giants planned to announce their agreement with the three-time All-Star later in the day. His decision to sign with the Giants first was reported on MLB.com.

I understand why Zito signed with the Giants. He loves and lives in the Bay Area. So when you can get $126 million you mine as well do it in a place you are familiar with and already enjoy.

I didn't expect the Giants to be a player with any of the big named prospects after they resigned Barry Bonds. I thought they would just make a butt load of money this year off Bonds while he chases the home run record and start fresh next year going after free agents.

Good for the Giants though. Sure they over paid for Zito, but he is still a good starter and I love the fact that he won't be pitching for the Yankees next year. No chance at that now.

Now I wonder if the Yankees will trade away Randy Johnson, if I were a better man, and I am, I'd say Johnson will be pitching in the Bronx again next year now. Either that or Cashman has already called Roger Clemens.

Sports: No Redsox news to report

The big question on my mind is what is going on with JD Drew? I haven't squat since he failed the physical the Redsox gave him. I'm glad he failed it because I thought 5 years $70 million was way too much for someone who will spend half the time on the DL. So what could be going on?

Are the Redsox just sticking it to Scott Boras because of the Matuzaka negotiations? This is highly unlikely. As much as Scott Boras is a douche bag, sticking it to Boras would be a bad idea for the Redsox as he controls much of the top talent out there in baseball. The Redsox would lose out on too many of the top level performers if they piss off Boras.

Are they giving into the fans? I've never seen the Redsox Nation in such an uproar over an off season move. Most, if not all the fans including myself, hated this signing. But again, I don't think Theo and Company sign or don't sign players based on what the fans want. At least not to this extent. I think he proved that in 2004 when he traded away one of the most beloved Redsox Stars in Nomar Garciapara.

I think they are just having a hard time agreeing to guaranteed numbers. If Theo can sign JD Drew to a shorter contract year wise and for less guaranteed money with a lot of incentives I'd be ecstatic. I think JD Drew is a great player when healthy, but I don't trust his health. I don't know how MLB contracts work with incentives, but if the Sox sign him for a 3 year $30 million contract with option years in he gets so many at bats per season with enough incentives in home runs, RBIs, Runs, and at bats to make the $14 million a year if he meats or exceeds the marks I'd be more than happy to have him.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Sports: And let the leaking begin

The Feds have received all the names of MLB players who tested positive for preformance enhancing drugs dating back to 2003. I love this, I think this should all be public information anyways. If you do the drugs, you should be blacklisted and everyone should know it.
The names and urine samples of about 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs three years ago can be used by government investigators in their probe of steroids in sports, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The government's perjury case against Barry Bonds could be bolstered if the slugger's name is among those who tested positive. The San Francisco Giants slugger has been the target of a perjury investigation since he testified before a grand jury that he didn't knowingly ingest performance enhancing drugs.

Investigators seized computer files containing the test results in 2004 during raids on labs involved in the Major League Baseball testing program the previous year.

The samples had been collected by the league in 2003 as part of a survey to gauge the prevalence of steroid use. Baseball players were told the results would be confidential, and each player was assigned a code number to be matched with his name.

Let the leaks start in 3...2...1

Sports: Top 10 MLB break out stars for 2007

Lets hope their number 1 pick is right.
1. Daisuke Matsuzaka, 26, RHP, Red Sox. Go ahead and scrounge for all the reasons why Matsuzaka might struggle in his first year in the majors: longer season, one fewer day off in between starts, better hitters, language and cultural transitions, etc. I'll take his stuff any day. Matsuzaka is a young version of David Cone, a superb blend of power and guile who cannot be defined by one go-to pitch. He will be a nightmare for teams to face the first time around and not much easier thereafter. And at 26, he's just entering his prime. Over his last two seasons, for instance, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 5.1:1. He's good for a minimum of 15 wins and a 3.50 ERA.
I hope they are right. I am banking on Matsuzaka winning 15-18 games this year with a sub 4 ERA.

Sports: Some Yankee News

The Yankees are taking offers for Randy Johnson, who if I were Brian Cashman, I would trade in a New York minute. The Dbacks have showed interested and made an offer, but the Padres have reportedly made a better offer for the Big Unit.
The San Diego Padres have made a more attractive offer for Randy Johnson than the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the Yankees will trade Johnson only if they consider it a good baseball move.

"Unless it's a deal (the Yankees) really want, there's not going to be a trade," said a baseball official familiar with the Yankees' plans, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of discussions.

According to the baseball official, Johnson -- who has a full no-trade clause -- asked the Yankees to look into moving him closer to his Phoenix-area home but did not demand a trade or indicate he would be unhappy to come back to New York for the final year of his contract. The Yankees then agreed to look into the possibility of trading him.

"There's no urgency," the official said, stressing it would not be a salary dump.


If the Yankees are succesful in trading Randy Johnson they will pursue Barry Zito.
While the Yankees continued engaging multiple teams in trade talks about Randy Johnson yesterday, they also came up with a possible option to replace him in their starting rotation: Barry Zito.

According to a baseball official familiar with the Yankees' thinking, if the Yanks are able to complete a trade involving Johnson - they have talked to the Diamondbacks and Padres, among others - they will investigate what it would take to sign Zito, the best starter left on the free-agent market.

If the Yankees' interest in Zito becomes serious, it would put them in direct competition with the Mets, who have been interested in the 28-year-old lefty all along.

I can't wait to see the bidding war between the Mets, Rangers, and Yankees for Barry Zito. I'm sure Scott Boras has already had multiple orgasms just thinking about it.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

NFL Playoff picture

With 9 out of the 12 spots set for the NFL playoffs, there are still many different scenarios for week 17.

In the AFC the Jets and Broncos lead the Wild Card race with 9-6 records. They control their own destinies. If they win they are in. If they lose, another team could squeak by them for the last wild card spot. I think both the Broncos and Jets will win and get into the play offs.

The NFC is a little trickier with 5 teams at 7-8 all vying for the last wild card birth. My hope is that Bret Farve and the Green Bay Packers can make it in with an 8-8 record, but I doubt that will happen.

Giants vs Redskins

The Giants have the easiest match up this week, at least win-loss wise. The Giants have been in control of their destiny this whole season, and they have blown it. They started 5-2 and should have coasted to a division title, especially with all the talent on the NY Giants. I don't know who is to blame, the couch, Eli Mannins, Tiki Barber, or the media. Either way they should beat the Redskins and make it into the play offs.

Packers vs The Bears

This game should be a give me for the Bears as they are arguably the best team in the NFC. But they have already clinched the #1 spot and home field advantage through out the entire play offs. So they have nothing to gain from playing their starters and only injuries to sustain.

Panthers vs The Saints

The Panthers are much like the Giants, a huge disappointment. A lot of people picked them to make it to the Superbowl this year. I didn't think the Saints would go anywhere this year and have surprised the football world. But just like the Bears they don't have anything to play for either. They have the #2 spot clinched and can't surpass the Bears. The Panthers should win this game too.

Falcons vs the Eagles

The Falcons are up and down more than most hookers. They are just that inconsistant. They are one team that no one wants to play in the play offs because of Michael Vick. Both teams need to win here and I just think the Eagles are the better team and are playing for the NFC East division against the Cowboys.

Rams vs the Vikings

I really don't know much about either team, as they both aren't that good. The Vikings have a good run defense and the Rams have a good pass offense. I saw the Patriots pick apart the Vikings pass defense earlier this year and I expect the Rams to do the same. Rams win.

NFC East Champs?

After the Giants started off with an impressive 5-2 record and after that there was talk that the Cowboys were the best team in the NFC. So with that who will be the NFC Champs? With the Eagles beating the Cowboys last night they have control of the NFC East.

Who would have guessed the Eagles would be on top of the NFC East after week 16? Especially after McNabb went down with a season ending injury. Not me.

With a win next week or a Cowboys loss they will be the NFC Champs.

Either way they clinched a play off birth.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Patriots Clinch the AFC east

I was getting a little nervous about the Jets catching the Patriots this season, but with the Patriots beating the Jaguars yesterday I won't have to worry about the Jets any longer. Well not unless we meet them in the Play offs.

I've heard this before

Only thing time things are reversed. Now the Diamonbacks are trying to trade for Randy Johnson from the New York Yankees.

In the past week the Arizona Diamondbacks have offered a package of players to the New York Yankees in exchange for Randy Johnson, a baseball official said.

In need of starting pitching -- and a marquee name that will draw more fans -- the Diamondbacks have offered a package of at least three players, including a major-leaguer. They would also want a 72-hour window to negotiate an extension with Johnson, who is owed $16 million in the final year of his contract. The Yankees, according to the official, don't want to pick up any of Johnson's salary.

Johnson, 43, spent six seasons with Arizona and won four Cy Young Awards before being traded to New York in January 2005. At the time, Arizona was looking to shed payroll and bring in more youth.

Johnson had a full no-trade clause back then, as he does now. And it's believed that if the Yankees were to move him, Johnson would prefer to be closer to his Arizona home.

According to Johnson's agent, Alan Nero, the left-hander has not requested a trade.

"Randy would listen if the Yankees brought something to him," Nero said. "But that has not happened. I don't know what they're doing. It's still speculation as far as we're concerned."

Randy isn't the picture he used to be and I don't understand why the Diamondbacks would even want him. But if I were the Yankees I would trade Randy Johnson in a heart beat.