Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Theo making the Moves

A couple of thoughts about the events of the past few days:

John Lackey: The guy is a gamer, a horse, an ace, or whatever other cliché you want. Lackey is good. I feel like the contract was a little big in both years and dollars, but with the possibility of Beckett leaving after this year, Theo took the opportunity to add a strong pitcher.

Mike Cameron: Jason Bay obviously doesn't understand the market for corner outfielders who are below average defensively and didn't show up in the 2009 postseason. The Sox offered 4 yrs/$60-65 million. That is about twice as much as Bay made in 2009 and a very fair offer. If Bay decides to sign with the Mets, good luck in Citi Field, also known as the last frontier.

When Bay rejected the Sox last offer, the Sox moved to try to sign Mike Cameron to play left field. (Recently, Cameron, the lifelong center fielder, decided he would be open to playing corner outfield) Cameron is an upgrade defensively and great on the base paths. Also, Cameron is known to be a great clubhouse guy.

Mike Lowell: A thumb injury seems to be holding up the deal to the Rangers for prospect Max Ramirez. If and when this happens, other moves may happen fast to acquire a bat at either 3rd or 1st. More to come from this story within the next week or so.

Halladay vs. Lee: I don't really get the point. If you wanted Halladay, you should have gotten him last August. You will probably ended up losing Kyle Drabek, one of your top prospects anyway. (This was a sticking point last August) I know you could probably save money with the extension to Halladay opposed to Lee, but Lee is younger, has less miles on his arm, and is a lefty. I guess we will have to see the final details of the trade before evaluation, but on the surface it seems silly. Halladay seems to be the favorite for the 2010 NL Cy Young.


Patrick Willis: The guy doesn't get a lot of attention playing in San Francisco, but after seeing him last night against a strong Arizona team I am pretty convinced he is the best linebacker in football. He is fast, strong, and knows how to make a play. I welcome arguments against this statement.

9 comments:

Dan said...

Two very underrated defensive players in the SF/Arizona game; Willis and Darnell Dockett from Arizona. He reminds me of John Randall, a unblockable, pass rushing DT. That is a very rare commodity.

Dennis said...

Roy Halladay is not the favorite for the 2010 NL Cy Young.

Joey said...

Would you like to make a bet on that?

Dennis said...

Sure, I'll take the 25 year old who won the last two.

Joey said...

Sure. But w/ a Phillies offense scoring 6 runs a game Halladay could go something like 24-3 and have an ERA under 3 and strikeout 200. Though Lincecum is nasty, writers love gaudy stats like that Halladay could potentially have.

Dan said...

Over the past couple of days I've read a number of things beating up Jason Bay on his defense, including this post. He didn't appear that bad to me. Perhaps I just got used to seeing Manny out there.

Peter said...

It is probably a combination of that and the fact he played half his games in Fenway. That left field is a joke. Beehive is a bigger defensive challenge than Fenway. That's right, kids at New Britain High School have a more challenging time on defense than anyone who plays left field for the Red Sox.

Joey said...

Agreed. Also, he had Ellsbury playing center so he only was responsible for a small portion of the outfield. Similarly, it is easier for a left handed pull hitter to hit homerun in Yankee stadium than high schoolers in NB.

Peter said...

Its easier for any pro hitter to hit a home run in Yankee Stadium than it is in Beehive. Not to mention its harder to jack one in NB than it is in about 2/3 of the major league parks.