Monday, December 12, 2005

Baseball Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous baseball thoughts and observations.

Yesterday I wrote that Dodger GM Ned Colletti might make a panic move if he lost out on getting Bill Mueller. Now I read this. Trying to trade for David Bell has to be some sort of cry for help. Why would anyone trade for David Bell? Why doesn't Colletti just match Pittsburgh's offer of 3-years and $12 million to Mueller? Failing that - do a 2-year $10 million deal with a bunch of incentives for Nomar Garciaparra. He's a local guy. He's a draw at the box-office. He's 1,000% better than David Bell. Heck - Tony Graffanino would be a much better option than David Bell and he'd cost maybe $3.5 million for 2-years (plus a draft pick)... Speaking of Graffanino - people forget that he's in the mix to be the starting shortstop for the Red Sox next year. It is not inconceivable that Graffanino would accept arbitration from the Red Sox. Graffanino only made $1.1 million last year and even if he doubled it - that's still cheap for the Sox who could platoon Graffanino and Alex Cora at short (letting Dustin Pedroia get another season at AAA Pawtucket at either short or 2nd)... Edgar Renteria has been getting some heat for his comments that the Fenway infield was not that great (and therefore to blame for his poor fielding last year). It should be recalled that the field was brand new because of a new drainage system installed last year. So comparisons to Cabrera and Nomar are not fair (and I can't believe that I'm becoming the stick up for Renteria guy)...

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