Yesterday, we took a tour around the National League. Today, let’s hit the junior circuit.
The Orioles have been in the papers with their discussions of moving Brian Roberts and Eric Bedard. No matter what some of the Chicago papers say, I can’t imagine both of them would go in the same deal. Though, if they did, the Cardinals would love to talk about it! Either of them could fit well in Cardinal red, though it doesn’t look like the teams could match up.
Boston Red Sox
The Sox have had a fun offseason. That happens when you are the champs, I guess, plus can afford to go big to defend the title. The Santana talk seems to have cooled somewhat, but it’s not like they really need him. The biggest problem they have? Trying to get any coverage with the Patriots and the Celtics going on. You’d think a World Championship would go farther………
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have fallen a long way since their championship in 2005. However, they hope that signing the Cuban Alexei Ramirez and shoring up the bullpen with Octavio Dotel will help them compete with Detroit in the division. It will be interesting to see the impact Ramirez will have coming to American ball. If nothing else, that’ll be a reason to keep up with the Sox this year.
The Indians wanted to keep Betancourt in the fold, what with his 1.47 ERA and other various dominant statistics in 2007. Hopefully this will work out for them. It seems that relievers–well, I’ve noted it about closers, but I think it fits other relievers as well–have a limited shelf life. The league tends to start catching up to them after a couple of years.
No doubt Cardinal fans find the fact that a Tigers blog is focusing on fielding slightly ironic.
Kansas City Royals
Unfortunately for Royal fans, following those coming up and working their way to Kansas City has been more interesting in the past few years than watching the team actually in Kansas City. They are developing some young players, so hopefully they are headed in the right direction.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
This is why you read other blogs and papers. I had no thought that Rodriguez could be an issue for the Angels, but he is getting expensive (he’ll get at least $10 million in arbitration) and so could be a trade possibility later on.
There may not be much about it on the blog indicated at the moment, but the Santana saga has to hang over the Twins and the Twins fans until it is resolved. I personally hope they keep him because I’m not big on the idea that he go help out those powers in the East. He probably will after ’08 anyway, but at least it’ll be delayed.
New York Yankees
If there’s one team you don’t have to read local writing to know what is going on with them, it’s the Yankees. They’ve talked about Santana, they are extending Robinson Cano’s contract, they have ties to the Clemens/Canseco steroid stuff and they have a very vocal owner. But you knew all of that.
There’s a good chance that the A’s won’t be much of a contender the next year or so. Trading off Dan Haren and Nick Swisher were moves geared toward the long term, not the next year. That said, there is still talent on that team and the AL West isn’t the strongest division out there. The A’s may surprise some people.
It’s not only Cardinal fans who gripe–well, let’s say have discussions–about ownership and off-the-field issues. Though many of them don’t put in the thought and analysis that you’ll find on the post here about tickets.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays look like they are turning the corner. Payroll may increase to $40 million this year, they’ve got some prime young talent and they are now trying to lock up those that have shown success.
The Rangers have always been able to hit the ball. The problem is that they’ve not been able to stop people from hitting it. Jason Jennings must have a masochistic streak–he’s gone from Coors Field to Minute Maid Park to Arlington. I guess, theoretically, he’s moving down the scale.
Toronto Blue Jays
It may not be at the top of the list anymore, but there’s no doubt that the Glaus/Rolen deal got as much examination north of the border as it did in the heart of the Midwest. Time will tell who got the better end of the deal.
I know I’ve said it before, but I really think that early next week, we’ll have fairly decent sized news about this blog.