- New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington didn't get to hire his own manager last week. The rookie GM was seemingly over-ruled by BoSox Club Prez Larry Lucchino. Ben seemed to have a schoolgirl like crush on Dale Sveum who took the Cubs job when offered by Theo Epstein. Lucchino supposedly wanted some experience in the dugout and went for ESPN's resident hot head Bobby Valentine. Bobby V may do a fine job for Boston but the events that led up to his hiring don't seem to bode well for Cherington's tenure. At the very least the subtraction of Valentine should make ESPN's Sunday Night baseball broadcasts infinitely more watchable.
- Yu Darvish and Yeonnis Cespedes are still not technically free agents, let alone signed to a deal. Darvish's posting has been held up by his divorce in Japan and Cespedes still must declare residency in the DR before he can sign a free agent deal. The total cost for Darvish is likely to approach $100 million. Cespedes' agent is said to be seeking double the $30 million that the Reds gave Aroldis Chapman.
- Jimmy Rollins is the best shortstop left on the market with the Marlins signing of Jose Reyes. I've long thought Rollins was a lock to return to Philly but the Brewers and Cardinals reportedly have some interest. The Giants have been laying in the weeds but they need a SS and Rollins is an Oakland native.
- The winter meetings are currently raging on in Dallas and my Twitter feed is all atwitter with updates, rumors and innuendo. We'll review how this stuff shakes out next week.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Week that Wasn't
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