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Baseball News Of The Week, Baseball News Of The Weak, Baseball News That Wreaks

Joe Maddon signing with the Cubs to skipper the club for the next 5 years is the biggest story of the hotstove so far.  He is also the clubhouse leader of adult beverages bought, although we will still give the consumed adult beverage lead to Madison Bumgarner

Joe Maddon signing with the Cubs to skipper the club for the next 5 years/at $5 MIL per annum is the biggest story of the hotstove season so far. He is also the clubhouse leader of adult beverages bought, although we will still give the consumed adult beverage lead to Madison Bumgarner.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Welcome to the new offseason segment.  I will try to do this once again.  It has been a slower winter than the previous two years, however it is starting to pick up.

Anybody miss the live action yet?  Yes there is still the Japan exhibition series and the Arizona Fall League,  but for the people like myself, I live and die for the major league action.

I would much rather watch Major League Baseball any day of the week.  It is not that I begrudge anyone for attending Minor League attendance, heck in some campaigns, the Minor Leagues have outdrawn the MLB.

This will be sort of like the good, the bad and the ugly from (insert show here)..

The Mets have signed Michael Cuddyer to s 2 YR deal worth $21 MIL.  It is a decent deal for the club if he stays healthy for the duration of the contract, and they better hope he doesn't go the way of Jason Bay in Flushing Meadows.

The Mets have signed Michael Cuddyer to s 2 YR deal worth $21 MIL. It is a decent deal for the club if he stays healthy for the duration of the contract, and they better hope he doesn’t go the way of Jason Bay in Flushing Meadows.

News of the Week.

– Not one player accepted the Qualifying offer.  It says a lot of the feelings of Michael Cuddyer, that he was willing to take a 2nd year from the Mets for a measly $6.7 MIL.

I never thought this guy would turn down the QO, If he plays to anything the way he did the last 200 Games in Denver, than he could have easily commanded a lot more money next year than the money he was given.

I certainly hope for New York’s sake, that he doesn’t end his career in the Big Apple the way that Willie Mays, Robbie Alomar, Mo Vaughn, Bobby Bonilla, Luis Castillo and Jason Bay have.

If the former Rockies and Twins player can stay on the field, you can expect a .270/.330/.420 from him and about 15 HRs and 70 RBI, which is a helluva lot better than the club received from Eric Young Jr. or Chris Young last year.

The Mets also have to hope that the 15th overall pick doesn’t turn out great for the Rockies.  Remember that St. Louis once let Albert Pujols walk and drafted Michael Wacha with the compensatory pick.

– The Rays have been shopping for a Manager and resorting to Twitter?  Really?  This franchise may be headed for dark days in future years ahead, so maybe you could understand that it may not be the most coveted job in the bigs right now, however it is still one of the 30 skipper jobs out there.

The organization also can’t draw enough fans to maintain a viable competitive club for the long term in St. Pete.  Don’t hold your breath on them being able to break the lease.  Also stop saying they are moving to Montreal, Canada.

For those people that don’t know, the Canadian Dollar is trading at 0.90 per every American Dollar, and trending down.  Much like Toronto, funds would have to paid for player contracts in US currency.  It was one of the major reasons why the club left town to begin with,

Where would the team play the AL East? Where the Yankees and Red Sox could stake budgeted payrolls of around $200 MIL.

The Olympic Stadium ballpark is even worse than Tropicana Field.  Plus TV rights are impossible to negotiate either for Radio and TV with more than half of the population speaking French.  How quickly we all forget the obstacles once presented to us.

It would hurt the Blue Jays too, with another squad from Canada eating up viewership in the same Time Zone.  If anything a team in Vancouver would make more sense, as it would have the majority of its games in Pacific Standard Time, and the nation has 3 Sports Networks to provide coverage for it.

All of this or any other talk of relocation is probably 7 – 12 years away from being completed.  The Rays will likely have to remain at the Trop.

Offering "Country Breakfast" a 3 Year deal worth $30 MIL -  with declining production is weaksauce.  Pony up the dough necessary to bring back Nelson Cruz, even if it costs you Markakis too.  30 HR guys don't grow on trees, and this Cruz helped you to the ALCS despite the losses of Wieters, Machado and Davis.

Offering “Country Breakfast” a 3 Year deal worth $30 MIL – with declining production is weaksauce. Pony up the dough necessary to bring back Nelson Cruz, even if it costs you Markakis too. 30 HR guys don’t grow on trees, and this Cruz helped you to the ALCS despite the losses of Wieters, Machado and Davis.

News Of The Weak

The Orioles are interested in signing Billy Butler to a 3 YRs/$30 MIL deal.  This is absurd when you have a guy like Steve Pearce on your team, and Nick Markakis to sign in Free Agency.

Yes the club may end up trading Chris Davis as well, but to sign a guy for that much dough, who has shown progression in the last 2 years, is not a good allocation of dollars.

This team should try to re-sign Nelson Cruz and Markakis 1st.  The team could then package Chris Davis and Wieters in a trade to acquire some more pitching depth.

The O’s did a great job of making the ALCS last year without those 2 players, plus losing Manny Machado as well.  I would do whatever it takes to ink Cruz 1st, and then if there is extra cash left, to go after Markakis as well.

Baltimore should not pay through the roof for Markakis either.  He is a good average hitter, but honestly, they could use more thump from a corner OF spot.  At least he is a LHB, which they will surely need if they trade Davis and Wieters.

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News That Wreaks

– The entire saga/drama of Alex Rodriguez.  If I were the Yankees, I would approach him and give him the “Pop speech from the Natural” explaining they will honor his contract, but they will never use him again in the field.  Let him rot on the bench, and remain on 654 HRs and short of 2000 RBI and 3000 Hits,

It is a privilege and honor to play for the Yankees – and not a right.  He has disgraced the name of the franchise one too many times, and the club shouldn’t put up with for a second longer.

This guy receives some marketing bonus stipulations from HRs 661 to 762 HRs, so why allow him the chance to make more dough than the $60+ MIL he is owed.

If they read him the riot act I listed above, than maybe they can convince Rodriguez to accept a buyout for about half.  Let him pass the greats of the MLB game in someone else’s uniform.

There should never be another highlight for this guy in a “Bronx Bombers” jersey.

– The Rays find themselves on yet another list this week.  This time is the suggestion of the Cubs ‘tampered’ in hiring Joe Maddon.  How about you focus your efforts on finding your own Manager, and less time worrying about others.

You have to reshape this team without 2/3rds of your team’s top guys from your glory years.  By the way, how about you dole out the $700 – $1000 to fly out candidates to interview them in person, instead of over the phone like you did with Raul Ibanez.

 

Jordan Zimmermann rumors are running rampant from the Cubs trying to acquire him.  Folks, this would be the guy the Nats would deal if anyone, as he is a Free Agent after the 2015 year, whereas Washington has more team control years for Stephen Strasburg.  Or perhaps the club would be willing to trade Gio Gonzalez?  All of these don't make any sense for a franchise trying to make their 1st World Series Appearance, yet alone winning the whole damn thing.  Strasburg would certainly never be traded by the club, as that 2012 decision would never be vindicated if that were the case.

Jordan Zimmermann rumors are running rampant from the Cubs trying to acquire him. Folks, this would be the guy the Nats would deal if anyone, as he is a Free Agent after the 2015 year, whereas Washington has more team control years for Stephen Strasburg. Or perhaps the club would be willing to trade Gio Gonzalez? All of these don’t make any sense for a franchise trying to make their 1st World Series Appearance, yet alone winning the whole damn thing next year. Strasburg would certainly never be traded by the club, as that 2012 decision would never be vindicated if that were the case.

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