Back and ready to roll

It’s awfully nice being on vacation, but there’s an equally nice aspect to returning home. Not much Earth-shattering news during my time away, other than the long-overdue signing of Johnny Damon. Let’s run down a few things to get the week started:

  • Given the late timing, the $8m contract (none-deferred) is more than solid. There’s no way around the fact that Damon and Boras misread the market, badly, and their turning their noses at the Yanks larger (in total dollars, years) looks now like a big mistake. At least Damon has his nomination for the IIATMS HOF to rest his head upon as he weeps into his over-stuffed pillows.
  • For a ton more on Damon from IIATMS, have at it here.
  • I almost feel bad for Dave Dombrowski. Boras pulled the end-around, donned his surgical gloves, and put his hand up owner Mike Ilitch’s backside to stroke his brain into offering Damon more than any other team was gonna offer. Damon and Boras had no leverage, yet Ilitch was cajoled into paying Damon, along with giving him a no-trade clause. I feel for Dombrowski because he was “forced” (or was it “encouraged”) to deal fan favorite Curtis Granderson to the Yanks. Granderson, by the way, will earn $5.5m this year, some $2.5m less than Damon. Sure, Granderson’s contract runs for three more years ($25.75m, all in, including a $2m buyout), but do Tigers fans feel happy about this trade-off? Was it worth trading a fan favorite and someone under a reasonable contract for three more years for one year of Johnny Damon and the potential of Austin Jackson and a higher contribution to the payroll in 2010 to boot?

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The Hiroshima Carp are my favorite squadron

While perusing MLBTR, I came across a mention of Japanese baseball club The Hiroshima Carp. Eager to find out more, I promptly Googled the Carp to see if they had a sweet- and or crazy-ass logo a la many a minor league team, but instead came across this gem of a team information page. Truly, this has to be the most honest description of a professional baseball franchise on the Internet. To wit: “Partly owned by the City of Hiroshima and Toyo, a car manufacturing company, the Carp may be one of the poorest ball clubs in Japan. Because the Continue reading The Hiroshima Carp are my favorite squadron

Projecting Austin Romine

[image title=”ar-3″ size=”full” id=”14209″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] John Manuel was asked about Austin Romine in a recent ESPN chat, and this is what he had to say: David (Atlanta): What kind of bat potential (power and average) does Austin Romine have? John Manuel (3:11 PM): He should settle in as a .260-.270 hitter with 15-20 homers annually, which is pretty good for a good defensive catcher. While those numbers seem a bit modest, Manuel is spot on when he says that is pretty strong for a good defensive catcher. I took a look at this past season’s numbers to see Continue reading Projecting Austin Romine

Discussion: Once Boss Is Gone, Will Kids Cash Out?

[image title=”large_GEORGE-STEINBRENNER” size=”full” id=”15258″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Steve Lombardi, writing over at Was Watching this morning, surmised that the Steinbrenner clan may cash out of the Yankees once the Boss passes on. The suggestion was that most of the Junior Bosses do not really care that much about the team, and are simply running the club to continue their father’s legacy and attempt to impress him before he dies. Once he goes, most of them could simply search for a mega-payout and live off that for the rest of their lives. I have two questions about this: 1) Do you Continue reading Discussion: Once Boss Is Gone, Will Kids Cash Out?

Keep An Eye On Brandon Webb

[image title=”webb” size=”full” id=”15269″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] Joel Sherman compiled his list of top 10 players to watch in the 2010 season, and Brandon Webb was mentioned: BRANDON WEBB, DIAMONDBACKS The pitching version of Reyes: a 2005-08 iron man who led the majors in innings and wins before breaking down last year. So far, so good on his shoulder. If Webb is 2006 Cy Young healthy in tandem with ace Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson, Arizona will have a rotation front three among the NL’s best. I would keep an eye on Webb’s performance, but not because I think he Continue reading Keep An Eye On Brandon Webb

Johnny Damon signs with Detroit

The Tigers and Johnny Damon have agreed to a one-year $8 million deal. By most accounts Damon has signed for more money than the Yankees ever offered him for a single season, although he was originally looking for a longer contract. Damon comes away from this looking like the typical modern professional athlete. He wanted as much money as he could get and got it, although it probably cost him a spot on a World Series contender in the process. On the other hand, if you were as bad at your job as Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski you would be Continue reading Johnny Damon signs with Detroit

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck May Star In Yankee Wife-Swapping Movie

From Deadline Hollywood: EXCLUSIVE: The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of 2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film. (Let me say that for a Yankees fan like myself, it would be worth it just to see Ben Affleck, and possibly Matt Damon, forced to wear the New York pinstripes. That has always been considered a potential obstacle for two die-hard Boston Red Sox fans and renowned Yankees Continue reading Matt Damon and Ben Affleck May Star In Yankee Wife-Swapping Movie

A Brief Musing on the Joba Situation

Yesterday at River Ave. Blues, Ben Kabak did a good job at breaking down a shoddy John Harper B-Jobber article. Both Moshe and I were planning on doing something like this, but Ben beat us to it and did a great job. Instead of talking about the article now, though, I’d like to discuss the Joba/5th starter situation, and in more general terms. First off, I know everyone–from Cashman, to Girardi, to Eiland, to Joba, to Hughes–has said that the fifth starter competition is just that: a competition. I don’t believe this for more than…five seconds. This job is Joba’s Continue reading A Brief Musing on the Joba Situation

Tigers make an offer to Johnny Damon

Although it’s not reporting the terms of the offer, ESPN.com is reporting that the Tigers have made an offer to Johnny Damon. In the same article it is also reported that the Atlanta Braves remain interested in Damon, but no further details are provided so the latter may only be speculation. Yankee fans will be paying close attention to the size of any deal Damon signs. If Damon signs with the Tigers then Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski will be making an early push for being the Not GM of the Year. Dombrowski had young, affordable left-handed Curtis Granderson earlier this Continue reading Tigers make an offer to Johnny Damon