The ultimate legend is here…Gammo.
Yes, there is a pattern here. The game is trending West. In the week that the bidding for Greinke heated up, the Yankees were beaten out for Jeff Keppinger and Nate Schierholz.
Now, there are going to be a lot of people within the industry who can rattle through the reasons for their disbelief with Greinke’s contract. Five of the six years will be after he turns 30. He is 41-25 with a 3.83 ERA since winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2009. He has a lifetime 3.77 earned run average—3.53 for the Angels after his trade to Anaheim was thought to insure a playoff berth in Orange County. He has made three postseason starts in his career and allowed 15 runs in 16 2/3s innings. His WAR ranks 21st among active pitchers.
But he was the best pitcher on the free-agent market, and the deals Cain, Cole Hamels and Greinke have signed in this calendar year speak to how difficult it is to get to free agency healthy and productive enough to let the bidding begin.
...The baseball world changed when former owner Frank McCourt went into bankruptcy. The cash spinning around the industry is so staggering that the $260 million the Red Sox got from Los Angeles hasn’t bought them A-list players. Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes and Koji Uehara are nice players that Boston signed out of a Tiffany catalog, and the Red Sox may do the same for Sanchez, Dempster and/or Stephen Drew. But they haven’t been able to put a Joe Mauer or Shin-Soo Choo on their company credit card.
If you’re the Rays, Indians, Marlins or Pirates, turn off the Lessons and Carols from the King’s College Choir for a few moments, and listen to Warren Zevon’s “if California slides into the ocean like the mystics and statistics say it will”—and try not to think about what a David Price might someday look like on a Dodger mobile device.
Posted: December 09, 2012 at 11:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
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