Today I present to you the first installment of "The Week that Wasn't" which will really just be a roundup of all the crap that didn't happen in the past seven days. Here we go:
- Red Sox still do not have a new manager. Suddenly the Orioles don't look so bad. They haven't even conducted the most disorganized candidate search/interview process in the AL East this off-season. The Red Sox are quickly turning into a punchline. It seems thet clearly relied too heavily on the candidate list prepared by the now departed Theo Epstein. The convoluted nature of this search makes it look like ownership doesn't fully trust new GM Ben Cherington. It may also be giving us a glimpse into why Epstein bolted for the Wrigleyville. (Hint: it wasn't the deep dish.)
- Albert Pujols is a free man, for now. Pujols paid a visit to the Marlins a few weeks back but apparently the initial offer wasn't to his liking. I still think Pujols returns to the Cardinals, though probably for something less than $200 million.
- A Prince without a throne. The market hasn't really heated up for Prince Fielder. The Angels, Rangers, Cubs and Mariners are rumored to have interest in the slugger. At one point last Summer I would've bet a mortgage payment that Fielder ended signed with the Cubbies. Now I'd be surprised if he did. I think the Rangers look like the most likely landing spot for Fielder as they are very clearly not going to be giving a big contract to C.J. Wilson with the move of Neftali Feliz to the rotation.
- Uncertainty still surrounds Yu Darvish. The Japanese right hander has still not been posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters. The speculation now seems to be that he will be posted. The bidding process will be interesting to follow. Will Theo Epstein forget about the Dice-K debacle and submit a winning bid for Darvish? Will the Red Sox do the same? Will Brian Cashman get off his butt and actually get a decent starting pitcher behind CC Sabathia? And yes, I was a big SOAP fan as a kid.