Free Agents


Well, it looks to me like my astute partner picked up on something. Now that the Red Sox substantially overbid for Daisuke Matsuzaka they will be under that much more at the mercy of Scott Boras for whatever he wants. Clearly the Sawx have committed to spending too much money on D-Mat, but the problem is that they have also shown some interest in J.D. Drew — another Boras client. So now Boras will use there pre-contract investment in D-Mat to extract maximum money for 2 of his clients.

Somehow this feels like it shoould be wrong. It is the Japanese posting system that seems a bit crooked. Boras is simply playing by the rules in place. Really if this all blows up in the Sawx’ face, if they find themselves in mid-August with a mediocre Japanese pitcher struggling to adjust to life in the US of A and a 4.5 ERA and BOTH of their corner outfielders are taking themselves out of the lineup because they just don’t care that much, they have no one to blame but themselves.

What happened to the Sox front office anyway? I thought it was a shrew move to assess a dollar and year value on both Pedro and Damon and not be bullied into changing their minds by big NYC money. But after subsequent moves didn’t seem to work out they have reversed course entirely and are on track to upstage King George in the role of Evil Empire.

If I were Prince Theo I would very publicly deny any interest in Drew until long after D-Mat is locked up. The truth is that if I were any GM I would avoid JD Drew like the plague. I think he is soft and I wouldn’t want him on my team.

I am pretty much glad that the Mets ended up losing out on what I expect will end up being a train wreck for the Red Sox. I just wonder how much the D-Mat deal will drive up Zito’s price. He knows exactly how much the Mets were willing to spend to try to get Matsuzaka. He will clearly be able to leverage their savings on the posting fee to up Zito’s value.

So if the rumors are true that the Red Sox posted a bid between 38 and 45 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka expect Scott Boras to use their desire to acquire J. D. Drew as leverage to actually sign Matsuzaka having the whole theory of they made the insane bid price to prevent the Yankees from getting him blow up in their faces. I can only hope that this will prevent the Padres from obtaining him for their newfound need of a left fielder in which some think that it could be Drew.

I agree with my tools of ignorance colleague on this one. I don’t think I’d want Soriano on my team either. I’m a bigger fan regarding defense then hitting and a hitter that strikes out that much, forget it. Another over priced hitter seems to be Carlos Lee. Outside of the mid-west where he’s been the past few years, outside of diehards who has heard of him? He looks like he’ll balloon out long before here nears the end of a 5 year contract. I don’t care how well he thumps the ball now, that’s going to be a big problem sooner rather then later. My next biggest pet peeve is Zito. The word in the land of truthiness is that the Padres have a shot at him. Living in the bay area for the past 5 years and getting a shot to see him on a somewhat regular basis (somewhat regular because he’s on an AL team, a rant from a previous day) I don’t think he’s worth it either. I’ll take an up and coming AAA pitcher right now, let him get his lumps in now and see how good he can be. With the possible rotation of Peavy, C. Young, Clay Hensley and 2 open spots I can handle watching an iffy performance every 5th day. In happier news for me, the Padres picked up Mike Cameron’s 2007 option perfect example of a guy that strikes out a wee bit too much for my taste but seriously makes up for it in the field. Now just need to re-sign that elusive lead off hitter at a reasonable price that all teams seem to need, but who

Soriano is looking for a deal similar to Carlos Beltran. I’m a Mets fan. Anyone who has read this blog knows that.  And I readily admit that they overpaid for Beltran, but I still think it was a good deal for them. I also believe that Soriano, is as good, if not a better offensive player. Despite all of that, I still wouldn’t want to give nearly as much money to Soriano as the Mets did to Beltran. We have openings at second AND left, but I just don’t want this guy. He strikes out too much. I think the Mets already have enough stars. One more and that lineup starts looking like the kind of fantasy lineup you see across town. Soriano should get 4 years for 60 mil from a team like the Angels.  I don’t want him. I want role players!