To me, it’s not so much the Yankees go out and spend $400 million-plus on four free agents and the Pirates don’t, it’s that if New York misses it can write off half a billion dollars and no one cares.
If the Pirates miss on a free agent for more than $15 million, they’re dead in the water for the next five years. See Jason Kendall.
I tweeted Jon Heyman to no avail after reading this tweet about A.J. Burnett.
Heyman goes out of his way to list who first reported a free agent signing or trade. I would be happy if he simply substantiated his own information. Perhaps we are to assume Heyman spoke with Burnett personally, I don’t know. The tweet seems a little irresponsible for someone who goes out of his way to tell his followers who gets credit for somebody else’s scoop all the time. It’s almost like he puts fellow journalists ahead of the public in elitist fashion.
Andrew Lambo is an unproved commodity at the big league level. We get that. Chances are the Bucs will make a move to add another first baseman prior to the first pitch March 31. They should. But you look at how poorly Garrett Jones played in 2013 and the team still won 94 games, and you don’t feel quite as badly heading into 2014.
Jones dropped the bat pretty low with a .728 OPS and -0.2 WAR in 2013. That was with 382 at-bats supposedly against favorable matchups versus righthanders, compared to 21 at-bats against southpaws.
I couldn’t help myself and tweeted Marlins beatwriter, Juan C. Rodriguez, after he put out this information.
— John Toperzer (@JohnToperzer) December 19, 2013
With first and third base coaches suffering vicious injuries from screaming foul balls, why can’t those coaches wear baseball gloves to help protect their persons? If I was Bud Selig for a day, I would make it mandatory for coaches to wear baseball gloves while standing on the field.
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Back to Burnett.
I could care less what he chooses to do in 2014. He played a huge role in changing a culture and more importantly, snapping a 20-year losing streak. For that, I will always be thankful.