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So much for the Cruz and Lopez-or-Hudson to San Francisco plan; the Giants added Marquis Grissom (is Felipe the GM now?) and Ray Durham yesterday. Their arbitration offer to Jeff Kent seems a mere formality, but JK could move to first or third, and Durham to CF, so temporarily, they have depth where I thought they were most in need of help. Of course, if the plan is to actually play Grissom and Neifi Perez and get rid of Rich Aurilia, the moves may be Sabean's undoing.

Durham and Jim Thome going to the NL has made my AL Roto team better, as I didn't own either, but two rivals lost keepers. It leaves me wondering who the second best fantasy 2B is now, and if there's a bigger gap between the best and the rest at any other position.

The Yankees deciding to let Mike Stanton and Ramiro Mendoza walk was interesting; one is aging but effective (note to Ed Wade: a lot better option than Dan Plesac!) and the other may not be 100% sound, so even the Yankees are getting cost-conscious, and Cashman hasn't exactly committed to the Rocket, merely kept his options alive.

And of course, there's Pudge. The Rangers, in addition to calling Kenny Rogers' bluff and letting "The Gambler" go, have simply turned their backs on a 10-time all-star and future Hall-of-Famer.

This is another extreme example of the new baseball economy. Texas prefers Einar Diaz to Ivan Rodriguez. Does not compute. Sure, I-Rod is an injury risk, but not as much as he was a year ago. Maybe he's a C/DH or maybe he needs a position change. People have mentioned 1B, but I haven't seen a better candidate to adjust well to 3B or 2B since Craig Biggio. Forgive me for hoping Pudge signs with an NL club; it's better for my Toronto Walrus and the Blue Jays. The rules are so different this offseason that almost anything is possible, so I'm making no more predictions.

Steve Trachsel ($8M, 2 years) and Steve Finley ($11.25 M, 2 years) are very lucky men; their teams could have spent that money more wisely. And what's going on in Atlanta? Tom Glavine expressed surprise at the Braves' lukewarm efforts to keep him, and although they offered Maddux arbitration yesterday, they don't seem to be aggressive about retaining him.

The offseason becomes curiouser and curiouser.
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_Kent - Sunday, December 08 2002 @ 12:18 PM EST (#101658) #
More afterthought than comment: here's an up-to-date summary of all the arbitration-deadline moves, from a Canadian site, known for their Forecaster magazines and frequent radio features. Fantasy Sports Services is a fine resource that will soon be added to the BB Links. Any other link suggestions?
_Jordan - Sunday, December 08 2002 @ 03:24 PM EST (#101659) #
There was a fair amount of talk, back before the Blue Jays hired JP Ricciardi, that Pat Gillick was the man to return and turn around the franchise's fortunes. I was doubtful then -- Tom Wolfe was dead-on about not being able to go home again -- and seeing Gillick extend a three-year, $15 million contract to 40-year-old Jamie Moyer cements those doubts. I think Moyer could have a pretty good season next year, but at 42? At 43? I could see offering two years if that's what it took to get Moyer back for one, but three? Deeply strange.

It does indeed appear as if trade talks between the Jays and Giants, if any were ongoing, have been scotched by San Fran's odd maneuvers the last 24 hours. I don't see a market there for an outfielder or a middle infielder, so JP will have to look elsewhere. I have to believe that his attention (like that of the rest of baseball) will be focused on the Expos. Until the Spos have sold off enough talent to make payroll, no one's going to make too many other moves. It's going to be an interesting pre-Christmas rush.
_Sean - Sunday, December 08 2002 @ 07:32 PM EST (#101660) #
I'll have more to say on the moves Brian Sabean just made, but I'll start by saying that his pickup of Ray Durham was a transaction Giants' fans should applaud. It's precisely the type of acquisition that could replace Kent while simultaneously providing a bona fide leadoff hitter for the Giants' lineup. Grissom, though...ugh.
_R Billie - Tuesday, December 10 2002 @ 10:29 PM EST (#101661) #
The Giants are still unsettled in one outfield spot (at least...depending on what you think of Grissom) as well as third base or second base.

Durham could fill either second base or an outfield spot. Kent could still be retained to play second or third base. Therefore I do see the Giants as potentially having a use for either Cruz or Hudson or both. Grissom's signing was obviously inspired by Alou and apparently Alou is a big Cruz fan as well. You never know.
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