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And he doesn't give up homers in the postseason either, just 2 in 141 innings (if he had the same rate in the regular season he would have given up 18 HR instead of the 71 he really did).
I thought that Seth Smith was more Carlos Quentin insurance than anything else. Smith might get some starts against tough right handed pitchers but I believe that Maybin is penciled in as the starting CF flanked by Venable and Quentin (at least until the inevitable Quentin injury).
You hit on the most important point and what people who think that it should not have been called are missing - why should the Red Sox not be punished for their bad play?
I think most people are ignoring the huge problems if the rule was not called the way it was last night - it could become impossible to advance on overthrows on close plays at the bases since the fielder could block the runners. Overthrow on a stolen base attempt at second base - just have the SS/2B fall on top of the runner in his "attempt" to get the ball. Bad throw on a pickoff at first - same thing, just get in the runner's way so he can't move to second.
The ball! His groin! It works on so many levels!
Randy Jones must have the biggest spread in value between BP, BR, and fangraphs:
Career WAR (or WARP):
I thought Tony Clark from Valhalla/Calvin Christian had one of the HR records?
Needs a .gif of Show sitting on the mound during the celebration after the hit.
The fact that Towers managed to build a winner in San Diego from 2004-2007 withouta high payroll and with one of the worst drafting record has to be one of the greatest achievements by any GM. The core of that team was built through trades, most of which brought in good players for nearly nothing. I think you trade with Towers at your own peril.
Since I think it's possible that Stanton turns out to be the best of the young OF'ers (Trout, Harper, Heyward, etc) I'd pretty much give up anything to trade for Stanton. I doubt that any of those trades would happen because none of them return that spectacular of a package. However what if a team offers a ton? If the Padres offered Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Jedd Gyorko, and Robbie Erlin for Stanton would the Marlins take it? Or is that too much for the Padres to give up?
You left out the greatest line in the whole article:
"But Trout excelled in the kind of numbers that weren't even considered a few years ago, mostly because A) They were impossible to measure, and B) Nobody gave a hoot."
I was always curious on whether it happened the way it was reported. I have a hard time believing that the Wichita State coach instructed his pitchers to "brush back" batters that were standing too close, too close being 8 yards away from the plate. I can somewhat understand it if they are just a few feet outside the batter's box but I can't imagine a team getting away with throwing balls at batters standing 20 feet away from the plate.
Is there a mistake in Seaver's 1969 stats? B-Ref has him with a higher WAR in 1969 than 1970, tied for 6th while BP has him 20th. That's quite a difference.
There must be some sort of mistake with his stats. When he won the Cy Young in 1976, BP has him at -1.3 WARP. However BR has him at 5.1 and Fangraphs at 4.6. In 1975 he has a 7.7 bWAR, 4.3 fWAR but BP has him at -0.1 WARP. For his career he's at 19.7 bWAR, 20.3 fWAR and -4.1 bpWARP.
I know that each system computes their numbers differently so there will be differences but this seems kind of extreme.
Logan Forsythe is on the Padres, not the Marlins.
Yeah, it's too bad Arizona isn't more like Maine, New York, Montana or the other northern border states. They are next to a foreign country and I never hear about people living there having a problem with immigrants.
I'm wondering who Gonzalez' is with in the top right photo. Is he holding his MVP Award on his head?
Doesn't any praise of Daniels' moves also have to take into account his awful Adrian Gonzalez trade? That probably cancels out the Teixeira trade.
Three times in the last five seasons Adrian Gonzalez's teams have lost the last game of the season to miss the playoffs - in two of those games his team had the lead in the final inning. They might have to start calling it the Curse of Adrian Gonzalez.
Please, please, please just stick to baseball from now on. However, at least you warned us that it would be political.
Seconded. Great quote by Dontrelle.
Won't he get called on September when the minor league season is over since he's already on the 40 man roster? Or do players on the 40 man roster sometimes not get called up when rosters expand?
Why would contracting the minor markets affect the Yankees profitability?
What is Ross' 2011 projection? It looks like you put Ethier's projection in his line.
I don't remember Palmeiro being particularly big and muscular, is that just a bad memory?
Cot's Baseball Contracts has Lee's vesting option in 2016 as $27.5m while above you say that the 6th year would bring down the AAV of the contract. Which one is right?
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the McCourt's basically buy the Dodgers by using the team as collateral?
Well, they aren't going to spend it on an 8 year contract for a 1B. And whether or not they are cheap, I don't think anyone could blame them.
That's why you can't trust defensive stats. There is no way that they are the top defense (at least by range) in the NL. Other than Torres, who is an above average defender on the team?
Why does everyone think that you would get more trading Gonzalez this winter rather than at the trading deadline? Johan Santana was traded in February 2008 for a very underwhelming package - it would have been unlikely that they would have gotten less at the trading deadline and the best move in retrospect would have been to hold on to him. Same thing with Cliff Lee as the package the Mariners received at the deadline appeared to be better than what the Phillies got in the winter. Granted that's only two examples but what other superstars have been traded recently?
Gonzalez has a team option for next season, so technically that doesn't count at the moment.
Maybe you should follow the news a little better as pretty much everyone is accusing him of using steroids.
How in the world can the Giants have the best defense out of these three teams? With the exception of Andres Torres are they average at any position (except for maybe Posey)? This shows the absolute unreliability of defensive stats and why any metric that uses defensive value has to be taken with a large grain of salt.
880 OPS at home, 657 on the road. Using OPS+ it's 133 at home vs. 86 on the road.
Trammell and Whitaker are the AL leaders in games played together by SS/2B, does anyone know who are the NL leaders?
Are all players employed by MLB (whether in the majors or minors) in the country legally?
Why has Anderson such a highly regarded prospect? He's never been good for an entire season and basically his whole career is the 41 games at Double A at the end of 2008 and the 17 games beginning this season. Is it simply the fact that he was a highly regarded player coming out of high school and got a big bonus?
How can Smoak be a 5 star prospect when outside of 14 games in Low A he's never slugged above .500 in the minors? To be a good 1B in the majors I would think you would really need to tear it up in the minors and Smoak hasn't done that yet?
Who are they going to get to play LF in the near future then? I think people assume Carl Crawford but he might not be a free agent. Jayson Werth is the only other good 2011 free agent. I guess they could pull another salary dump trade (Carlos Lee?) to fill that spot. But they'd still have Nick Swisher as a starting outfielder which isn't exactly ideal for them. I'd be surprised if they sign Jason Bay but I fully expect them to sign Matt Holliday as money is no object and he fits their team.
Is there any DH adjustment in the overall totals? It seems like Martinez is benefiting from the fact that he was so bad at defense he didn't play the field, therefore his career FRAA is well ahead of Todd Zeile's even though he was a much worse fielder (in all probability). Do you figure that there's just no way to account for this so it can't be added or subtracted from the career totals?
That's kind of a simplistic view of why the Yankees are able to spend more on payroll than anyone else. It's not just George's will to win but the unique situation the Yankees are in (the biggest market by far, the most popular team by, etc.) Of course the owner helps but it's not the most important factor.
Isn't the likelihood of the Padres trading Gonzalez less now that Dodgers may be in serious money trouble and the D-backs just gambled on Edwin Jackson. I don't think it makes sense to trade your franchise player until the Dodgers ownership situation gets settled. If it turns into a John Moores' fiasco the Padres might try to compete for the playoffs the next few seasons.
I guess the Dbacks think that the first half Edwin Jackson (212/272/345 with 1.060 WHIP and 2.8 K/BB ratio) is the one they are getting, not the 2nd half one (290/356/500, 1.527 WHIP and 1.8 K/BB ratio). Although it should probably be pointed out that his BABIP was .249 in the first half and .312 in the second.
Why would the Padres trade for Justin Smoak when they have Kyle Blanks? Not that Smoak isn't a good prospect but he's only 3 months younger than Blanks and hasn't hit as well as Blanks did in the minors?
Also, maybe you should check Gonzalez's stats again.
I think every Padre fan clamoring for the team to move in the fences should read the last two paragraphs.
Jon Heyman is saying that Strasburg signed for about $15m.
Are you including Tate as one of the potential non-signees? It appears that he's reached a deal with the Padres, or is that premature?
You can't compare Dice-K and Strasburg because Dice-K was way, way, way more accomplished than Strasburg. Not only did he have 8 seasons under his belt in the Japanese majors, but was also the best pitcher in the 2006 WBC and probably the best pitcher in the 2004 Olympics. Compare that to Strasburg who has had just two good years in the Mountain West Conference and wasn't the ace on the 2008 Olympic team.
If it's not a good idea to sign a free-agent coming off his only good year then why exactly is it a good idea to give a huge contract to Strasburg? Isn't Strasburg basically a guy coming off a "career year?" Granted he's young so you are hoping that this year was just the tip of the iceberg but doesn't the same principle apply?
It's too bad that the expansion of the bullpens has phased a player like Gathright out. He certainly has his uses and I'd much rather have him on the major league roster than all the extra relievers teams are carrying.
That John Celizic article might be the best written about Manny Ramirez by the "mainstream media." I've always wondered why there was so much outrage by the writers over Manny Ramirez (or A-Rod, McGwire, or any baseball player). It's obviously not about the illegality of steroids or anything like that because there isn't a peep about the near unanimous use in the NFL. That leaves either the fact that it's so easy to write an column ripping a steroid user (it practically writes itself and takes about zero original thought) or the same column shows your moral superiority over the rest of the unwashed masses.
The Padres just promoted Tim Stauffer back up to Triple A Portland, there is no way he can actually produce at the major league level is there?
I'm not sure how Fehr could have really foreseen the steroid backlash. NFL players have been taking them for years and no one, not the writers, fans, owners, players cared one bit. I'm not sure how he could have known that baseball would be the one major sport where people cared about steroids. As far as the 1994 Strike goes, it certainly seems like there was going to be total labor strife (either at the end of that year or for the 1995 season) barring a complete NFLPA capitulation which I don't think most people would want.
And the owners deserve zero blame for these situations? I think that most people would agree that the players are more important than the "game" in baseball (the opposite is true in football). If this is true, how can all the blame go to the players and their union when the fans place more importance in them than anything else?
Isn't the fact that Harper is trying to be eligible for the draft in 2010 instead of 2011 a sign that Boras thinks there is going to be some sort of mandatory rookie contract for draft slot (like the NBA) or some kind of hard rookie salary cap? Why else would he try to come out earlier? It's not like playing in high school an extra year is going to hurt him -- he's going to be the first pick in 2011 pretty much no matter what. However, competing against junior college players could potentially hurt him as it could expose him against better players.
Considering they played at the same college pretty close together (just 5 years) it's easy to compare and contrast them. I'm not saying that college numbers mean everything but I'd like to know why someone with better numbers (Sowers) has no future in the majors and was in no way worth the #4 pick, while the player with worse numbers might go #3.
Kevin, what's the difference between Mike Minor and Jeremy Sowers? Their numbers in college are similar (although Sowers' were better) but I'm guessing that since Minor is listed 3 inches and 30 pounds bigger he throws harder which makes him a better prospect. However, Sowers doesn't look like he has any chance of getting to 100 wins (only 13 since he was drafted 5 years ago), so what makes Minor that much more of a lock?
Most "mock drafts" have the Padres taking Minor as well. Kevin, can you explain this? Is it the Padres being gunshy with their first pick because they've blown them year after year and they figure that even though Minor isn't anywhere near the 3rd best player, at least he will reach his ceiling? Or does Grady Fuson see college lefthander and think he'll turn into Mark Mulder?
Along the signability issues, isn't Gibson a much better pick because he will probably sign for less?
I think one of the reasons they made this trade was to open up spots on the 40 man roster so they have room for some of the players they get in the upcoming Peavy trade.
My point is that for now there is no way they are going to get equal value for Gonzalez. And since he isn't making any money (unlike Peavy) why would you trade him? Also, he's young enough that he'll still be great probably in 3 or 4 years which is when the Padres should be looking to contend again. So why would you trade him for potential?
I'm not sure I understand your reasoning on why you have to trade Gonzalez. You think that the Padres should give up the next few seasons and rebuild for 2012. Fine, but what exactly are you going to get that's going to be as good as Gonzalez in 2012? The Padres would need two elite level prospects plus so lesser ones. From the Red Sox (a logical place for Gonzalez) that's Anderson, Bowden, Buchholz and someone else. Would the Red Sox really give that much up? What team would give that much up? And remember, the Padres have no need to give him away because his salary is so low.
Not sure what you mean. A top 5 pitcher is worth more than a top 2 1B, but Peavy isn't a top 5 pitcher anymore (and maybe he never really was because of the Petco Effect). Why in the world would you trade Gonzalez for potential talent, especially considering that Gonzalez is probably the most affordable superstar in baseball right now, or at least one in his prime age.
The problem is that since Gonzalez is a top 5 hitter right now -- and he's only 27 so he's got a lot more good seasons left most likely -- what constitutes fair value? Heyward and Hanson? Wieters and Matusz? It would have to be something like that and what team would do that?
There is a huge difference between Peavy and Gonzalez right now. Gonzalez is an elite level hitter right now -- since 2007 he's tied for first with Ryan Howard in road HR's and 3rd in slugging behind only Pujols and Chipper. In the same time period Peavy is 17th in road ERA. Granted, they are slightly skewed since the Padres get more games at Colorado and Arizona then most teams but probably not enough to make a huge difference.
In three years, Peavy probably won't be worth his big contract but A-Gon still might be one of the best hitters in baseball. But people think you should trade just because you are going to stink for the next few seasons and there's a slight chance that the prospects they get for A-Gon might turn out to be close to his value? That makes no sense.
Very good interview. Palmer really knows his stuff too -- pretty much all his statistical recollections are right on. If he is going off memory (instead of Baseball Reference like me) that's damn impressive.
Would moving Kazmir into the bullpen make sense as well? A lot of closers seem to be hard-throwers that can't throw enough strikes to be starters -- that certainly seems to fit Kazmir. In the AL East the Rays don't have much margin for error so should they trade away a player that can help them right now for future potential?
I was surprised when I saw the Padres are starting Kellen Kulbacki off at Lake Elsinore. He hit 332/428/589 there last season and is 23. And it's not like there is anything at Double AA that is blocking him. However, he did start last season off slowly at LowA but he was coming off a spring training injury.
"At the same time, one of the Padres' analysts apparently tried in 2006 to convince then-manager Bruce Bochy to hit pitcher Woody Williams second in his batting order."
Good April Fool's Joke!
Any idea on Strasburg's pitch counts so far? They don't usually mention them in the news article (even in the papers here in San Diego). They did report his last start against BYU -- 97 pitches -- but only because they he came out of that game early. If they were saying that 97 was pretty low, that must mean he's averaging around 115 or so, right?
"While Yu Darvish starred for Japan in the WBC, he is apprehensive about attempting to pitch in the major leagues; he wonders if Americans would accept him since he is Iranian on his father's side."
Did you hear that from Scott Boras?
If Strasburg turns out as good as advertised -- "The best pitching prospect in history" -- and the Nationals draft him but sign him too late for him to really pitch this year, how far would that jump the Nationals system next year? If he becomes one the top 5 pitchers in the NL, does that make an otherwise weak system Top 10? Top 15?
It did say \"Good Bye\" originally.
I don\'t believe in batting average too much but .259 is really low, especially for the California League (the league average was .274). I know that performance isn\'t everything but since Blanks in 2007 was better than Carter in 2008 (and he\'s only 3 months older) I just wonder how Blanks is barely a prospect while Carter is one of the best in baseball.
5* for Chris Carter? Is the power so good (despite playing in the California League) that it overcomes his terrible .259 batting average?
Also, what is the major difference between Carter (5*) and Kyle Blanks (3*)? Is Blanks\' body type so worrisome that it makes him a much worse prospect than Carter despite the fact that he\'s a better hitter?
Does the American public really care about steroid use or are they more concerned about the \"taking down\" of a celebrity -- which is why Will brought up TMZ. The simple fact is that people don\'t care at all that nearly every NFL player uses steroids. Therefore, you can assume that it\'s not the taking of steroids which is contributing to the A-Rod backlash. So you have to ask yourself what exactly is the reason?
My point was that why does it really matter? Is not spending $500m on a new stadium stimulus? It\'s going to create jobs and cause an increase in spending. Sure, maybe the taxpayers of the city of Miami don\'t want to pay for it but why can\'t they get the federal money to chip in for it? It\'s peanuts compared to the rest of the money they are spending.
I\'m a little confused here -- people are concerned about tens of millions of dollars going to the Marlins but aren\'t particularly concerned about the few trillions that the government is about to spend? Strange.
What is the difference between MLB\'s drug-testing and the NFL\'s? I think most people realize that nearly every NFL player is on steroids yet they almost never test positive. Is it because they have a greater warning for tests? Or they don\'t give surprise, random tests? Or that they just take the samples but don\'t bother to really test them?
Personally I think the 6% is way too low. I mean, why wouldn\'t you take them (assuming you are trying to gain strength, I understand that not every player might not be lifting)?
Please, please, never again put a quote from an owner about steroid use. First of all, why the hell would Hicks care? A-Rod taking steroids to make himself better made the Rangers better therefore making Hicks more money. Thus his quote is just mindless after the fact posturing to try to make himself feel better (like nearly everything else written on the topic) but at least we know that Hicks is totally full of s**t.
Again, I\'m not sure that\'s correct. The report I read was from an English paper so what would that have to do with Italy? Again, they said 150,000 pounds a week. To get to $37m a year, that\'s roughly $1m a week (slightly less as I\'m assuming they pay about 40 weeks a year). That brings his weekly salary to about 630,000 pounds. Now I understand that the 150,000 a week might be just a guess but do you think they\'d be off by a factor of 4?
Are you sure on that salary? I read that they were offering him 250,000 pounds a week. Now I have no idea how they play English soccer players, whether it\'s for the weeks they actually play or for the entire season. If they pay him each week during the season, that\'s a little under $20m a season (not $37m). If they are paid just during the time the season is on-going (about 10 months) then it\'s around $15m.
That\'s significantly less than the highest paid players in pretty much every US sports -- although of course in the US you don\'t have to pay $150m to acquire a player.
It used to be much better. Much like any eatery, the quality and especially quantity went down as they got bigger and bigger. They also went downhill when they started to try to make their food more healthy -- who the hell wants black beans when you are eating a big fish burrito?
A Red Sox fan complaining about the Yankees spending too much money. I guess next we\'ll see postings by the Dodger, Angel and Cub fans complaining about the same.
They dumped Greene not only because he is making $6m a season but also because he was absolutely terrible last season and at his best, about a league average SS. Don\'t leave that part out since it is really the more important factor.
Ultimately signing free agents is a losing proposition since you are paying for what a player has done instead of what they are going to do. Now maybe the Yankees huge financial advantage will allow them to pay $20m a year for a player to go away, but I\'m not sure that\'s true.
For all the doom and gloom about how Teixeira guarantees the Yankees to be the best team in baseball history, why don\'t we look at the last 28 year old superstar 1B to sign a huge multi-year contract. This player was a better hitter, better fielder and more durable than Teixeira. This player was Todd Helton, who the Rockies owe $56.9m for the next three season (plus his 2012 buyout). That didn\'t work out so well for the Rockies, did it?
I think that Hoffman is going to end up back on the Padres which would leave Bell in the set-up roll again.
I agree with juiced, not sure how giving a long-term deal to a 1B makes any sense. It kind of reminds me of the Rockies contract with Todd Helton. They will both be 29 at the start of their long-term deal. However, Helton\'s contract is an albatross right now and he was probably better than Teixeira.
All of this may be true (honestly I didn\'t read it all) but I think that Sheehan and others are saying that McGwire (and Bonds and Palmeiro) are being made the scapegoat for the steroid problem because they basically are the only ones where steroid use is being held against them.
I suspect steroid use in MLB goes back much further than people think -- easily back into the 1980\'s and possibly earlier. We have no idea whether or not Jim Rice or Andre Dawson (or any other players from the era) used steroids. Just because the writers took their collective heads out of their a***s recently (and that really is more of a function of track and field attempting to clean up their sport than anything MLB or the writers did).
You could go to their respective Baseball Reference page and they have a link to \"neutralize\" stats for each player. Doing this gives Rice 378 HR\'s (Dewey Evans has 404, McGwire 610, Albert Belle 389).
Doesn\'t really matter but Brad Holt was drafted out of North Carolina-Wilmington not UNC.
Joe Posnanski already did that:
I\'m not so sure they were the better team -- although the Rays didn\'t play that well. The Phillies finished the season on a 24-6 run -- not quite the Rockies but pretty damn good.
I like the way everyone assumes that it\'s just in Bud\'s and the owner\'s best interests to cater to Fox in this situation. You don\'t think the players want something that maximizes their earning power as well?
I fail to understand why the Phillies are bitching about this game. They are in total command of this series, even more so than in the beginning of Game 5. Right now, they have 57% of the regulation outs left in the game -- that\'s a huge advantage. People are acting like they got screwed out of a Hamels start even though they are better off now than they were at the start of the game.
I also fail to understand why the Rays got the better of it in the 6th inning. Why is it harder to pitch and field in the rain than hit? Sure it might be hard to field pop flies in the rain, but wouldn\'t it be just as hard to hit in those conditions? If anything the conditions helped the Phillies as they probably slowed down Upton.
Lastly, I\'m not sure why Selig is getting all this criticism. I think it\'s become fashionable to knock Bud, regardless of whether or not he made the right decision. I think he handled last exactly as he should have -- what other choice did he have?
The crazy thing about the Dodgers lineup on Wednesday was that the Dodgers paid the starters $15m (about $13m to Furcal, zero to Manny and Blake, and basically the minimum to everyone else). With a total payroll of nearly $120m, that\'s a lot of money sitting on the bench.
Absolutely not. The Padres aren\'t going to take \"crap\" from other teams for a Top 5 starting pitcher. They don\'t have to trade him so unless they get a good return, they\'ll hang on to him. Judging by Towers\' trade record I would think it would take a comparable package to what the A\'s got for Dan Haren -- two top 25 overall prospects, plus two of the team\'s Top 10 prospects, plus two other useful players. I don\'t Cano and two fringe starters is quite enough.
Does any team other than the Braves on that list match up with the Padres for Peavy? Since Towers will want a better package than either Haren or Bedard (as his perceived value is higher) is Hanson and Heyward enough? I wonder if the Padres would do Peavy and Greene (needs to be traded) for Heyward, Hanson and Escobar or is that not enough?
Whether or not LaPorta is essentially free, he still has to produce on the field. As someone pointed out above, since he is defensively challenged, his value to the Brewers is lessened. Plus the fact that at the moment, there isn\'t anywhere for him to play (he\'s not better than Braun or Fielder and may not be better than Hart). Also, the fact that the Brewers have Mat Gamel (who hit nearly as well as LaPorta at Double A and is a year younger) makes it easier to trade LaPorta.
I think for many people, especially the writers at BP, the value of prospects has become way too high. Overvaluing prospects leads to decisions like the one Cashman made, thinking that the potential value of Hughes, etc. was worth more than Johan\'s. Certainly that move cost the Yankees a playoff spot this season and who knows what the effect is going to be down the road.
Is that any more ridiculous than Joe Sheehan not listing Ryan Howard as a top 15 MVP candidate?
That absolute hatred for conservatives always baffles me. To me the NY Times and Washington Post are worthless papers -- I feel bad for the trees that get cut down to publish it -- but I don\'t really spend any time hating them. Why is a conservative paper so threatening to the liberal world-view?
If you are going to give Johan points for pitching well down the stretch, shouldn\'t you do the same for Ryan Howard? The Phillies finished up the season 13-3, Howard hit 358/446/811 in those games with 6 HR, 20 RBI and only 10 K\'s. The entire month of September he hit 352/422/852 with 11 HR and 32 RBI. I\'m not saying that he deserves to win the MVP but he has to be in the top 10, doesn\'t he?
Even with Manny\'s great September Howard had an OPS 56 points higher, a slugging percentage nearly 100 points, more HR and more RBI\'s.
I don\'t understand why people would think that the Yankees have any kind of payroll limitation. Since they carried a payroll in excess of $200m before and they are moving into a new stadium which will at the very least double their payroll, why in the world wouldn\'t they sign Sabathia? If he\'s a bust, who cares? Just sign the next big free agent. The Yankees have a huge built in advantage over every team in baseball with their huge revenue stream -- why throw that away and try to compete like the other teams? I can understand why Cashman would do it -- it\'s hard to get praise if you are spending twice as much as every other team but the goal isn\'t personal satisfaction for Cashman, it\'s for the Yankees to win the World Series.
Everyone has heard the saying that it\'s better to have the bird in hand than two in the bush. Luckily for the rest of baseball, Cashman decided that he\'d rather have the \"two in the bush\" (Hughes, Melky, whoever else) than the \"bird in hand\" (Santana).
Another defender of Brian Cashman. I understand that if you aren\'t a fan of the Yankees you\'d want Cashman as their GM -- only his incompetence is keeping them from winning the World Series every year. But for a fan of the team to praise Cashman baffles me.