Another day, another non-story about Johnny Damon.
While I’ve been very pleased with Yankeeist’s output (big ups to Mike and Jason), it’s been a bit of a challenge to come up with content given that the Yankees haven’t done anything for over a month since trading for Vazquez, and this late-January lull is starting to really rear its ugly head.
A few newsworthy items:
Interesting move by the A’s picking up Ben Sheets. Despite the Yankees having no room for him, I’ve been coveting Sheets forever, and am definitely jealous to see him on another American League team. Feels like a bit of an overpay for a team like the A’s, but hey, Billy Beane probably knows what he’s doing.
The Cubs added Xavier Nady as a fourth outfielder on a contract that could be worth as much as $5.3 million in incentives. If that’s the kind of deal a guy who played all of eight games last season is getting, you have to figure Damon is worth at least that much.
The Twins picked up Jim Thome for their bench. I was going to make fun of this, but Thome’s actually still a fairly productive hitter, and for $1.5 million he should be a good weapon for a team that hasn’t always been known for its pop.
The offseason is especially long for someone like myself who doesn’t give a crap about football, but this year, perhaps more than ever (although I’m sure I say this every year) spring training cannot come soon enough.