Spraying to all fields…
– Some are calling it a stroke of genius. But I can’t understand why the Cards re-signed Chris Carpenter with not 1 but 2 years remaining on his current deal. There’s no denying his quality. He’s certainly among the best in the bigs. But he is a pitcher and a pitcher who has had significant injuries in the past. Add that to the insane economic climate currently whirling through baseball and I’m left to wonder if it’s simply bad business. We will see. Albert Pujols called Walt Jocketty to complain about the contract. Just kidding.
– Speaking of insanity, the Red Sox signed J.D. Drew to a 5 year-$70 million deal. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger J.D. Drew fan than me, but I wouldn’t even shell that out for him. There seems to be an elusive secret potion that would make Drew both happy and healthy at the same time. Do the Red Sox have it? Here’s ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:
“On paper, this might be the worst union of star and town since Paris Hilton dropped into Altus, Ark., for a reality show paycheck. Drew’s roots go back to Hahira, Ga., a one-yellow-caution-light town known primarily for its Honey Bee festival. Very soon, he’ll enter a world of short-tempered waitresses, middle fingers at traffic intersections and dissection by radio talk-show caller.”
– There must be something about Lilly. Something I don’t know about. Because a quote like this scares me:
“I’m not going to go into detail, but [the Cubs] have pretty much indicated they’re willing to pay whatever is going to need to be paid to get Ted Lilly,” O’Brien said.
Lilly has never pitched 200 innings in a season. In 2005 his ERA was closer to 6 than 5. He walks too many batters. He’ll be 31 when the 2007 season starts. Why in the world would you give him so much money? Is he that much better than Sean Marshall? Doubtful. Since teams are throwing around wads of cash, you might as well throw it at the best available players. For pitchers that’s Schmidt and Zito. I’m not overly thrilled with either of their long-term prospects, but I’d rather throw a few more million at them than Ted Lilly. Zito at least gives you a lot of innings and he’s also a lefty. Schimdt, when healthy, has some of the nastiest stuff in MLB.