December 05, 2007

The Winter Meetings Are Like Crack

To baseball junkies like me, the baseball winter meetings are the closest thing to crack addiction that I'll ever experience. I've been refreshing about every two minutes for the last three days, and more often than not, there's been something new posted each time.

And that Tigers/Marlins trade? WTF? It's always a great move, when pushing for a new stadium, to trade your only two recognizable players. This puts Detroit in the front seat of the AL Central for at least a couple of years, although it's going to something of an adjustment for Dontrelle Willis to pitch in front of actual live paying customers at home, something he hasn't done in years. And besides, whatever the Phillies do, they're sure to finish ahead of the Marlins in each of the next few seasons.

Still no word on Santana; I know they have to trade him but there's something sort of unseemly about the Red Sox hoarding all the talent, especially if they're following up a World Series win by trading for the best pitcher in baseball and not even touching their core. Plus, if they complete the trade without giving up Lester, the Sox will have SEVEN starting pitchers (Santana, Beckett, DiceK, Schilling, Wakefield, Bucholz and Lester), all of them above average. Today is the day the Sox become the Yankees, that is, if that day didn't already happen five or six years ago.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 5, 2007 10:16 AM

To be fair, the Marlins still have Dan Uggla and '06 Rookie of the Year Hanley Ramirez.

But yeah, it's like 1998 all over again. Check out how many of their players make the league minimum:

Posted by: Jeremy at December 5, 2007 11:10 PM

I'm feeling like the Sox should let Santana fall to another team, preferably in the West. The Sox are more than competitive as is, and to give up Ellsbury or Lester would be foolish. That said, BOOURNS to you for equating Sox with Yankees. Also, if the winter meetings are that addictive, would you smuggle them into prison in your rectum?

Posted by: LilB at December 6, 2007 10:46 AM
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