IIATMS: Nolasco has been in the rumor mill for a while now and has reportedly been attracting a great deal of interest. Now, with his three year deal, he’ll be able to focus on remaining in FLA and less worrying about being traded. Was this deal more about security or more about Nolasco’s desire to remain in Florida, where clearly, there’s a bit of uncertainty about spending?
- MS: Nolasco’s deal was about both. He is very comfortable in Florida and believes the organization is going in the right direction. He also understands that he was still under team control for two more years, so the deal provides a nice guarantee for a guy who had a bit of a freak injury at the end of the year and understands the value of a guarantee. The security, combined with the comfort and familiarity of south Florida made this deal work.
IIATMS: One of your most exciting players, Kyle Blanks (with me and my boys in the picture to the right), had a very rough 2010 with a slow start followed by Tommy John surgery. With the trade of Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, do you think Blanks will be asked to transition to first base and what are Kyle’s thoughts on this idea?
- MS: Kyle is willing to do whatever he can to help the Padres compete. Obviously there is a comfort level with him at first base, but he handled himself well in LF and would be fine returning to the outfield. We expect him to develop into one of the game’s elite players.
IIATMS: What’s the latest on Willingham and Sanchez? Can we expect something before the calendar turns?
- MS: Both players have interest in extensions, but these things take time.
IIATMS: More of a macro question… it has been quite the memorable offseason with Boston’s two huge acquisitions, Phillies’ surprise acquisition of Cliff Lee and the WhiteSox double dip of Dunn and Konerko. Detroit, too, has been aggressive while the Yanks have come up uncharactaristically empty. What takeaways do you have from the 2010 offseason?
- MS: I think this off-season shows that the game is very healthy from a financial standpoint.
Thanks again to Matt Sosnick for taking the time to chat with us. I remain eternally grateful for Matt’s contributions to this site via interviews with him and his clients. Behind the scenes, he’s been even better, unfailingly responding to requests for memorabilia for charitable fund-raising activities or just general counsel about this great game.