Can Javier Vazquez get back on track for the Diamondbacks? Do the Tigers have the best young pitching trio in their division? Will the Royals trade Mike Sweeney? These questions and more answered in today's Prospectus Triple Play.
The Orioles fulfill their quest for Jason Grimsley. The Reds are awash in infielders. The Astros get their man in Beltran. The A's get theirs in Dotel. The Royals...not so much. These and other happenings in a special Saturday edition of Trasnaction Analysis.
The D'backs made an early splash in the Hot Stove league by dealing Curt Schilling to the Red Sox and getting Richie Sexson from the Brewers. The Royals, whether we believe it or not, are now employing one of the more savvy GMs in baseball. And the Phillies spent the off-season making themselves the favorite in the National League East. All this and much more news from Arizona, Kansas City, and Philadelphia in your Thursday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.
Alright, We're Spent: Arizona made an early splash during the Hot Stove season when, within a matter of days, they consummated the first two major trades of the off-season, dealing Curt Schilling to the BoSox and getting Richie Sexson from the Brewers in a classic quantity for quality deal.
There was little joy in watching the final, desperate days of the Tony Muser Era arrive at their inevitable conclusion. Nor was
there any sense of anger or frustration from knowing how much opportunity has been wasted while we waited for the axe to fall.
Today, though, I don't want to talk about any of the blunders that Baird has made. Instead, I wanted to concentrate on the very
first meaningful decision that Baird made after he was promoted to GM, one that yielded only a brief mention by the media at the
time, but that has the potential to be among the biggest mistakes Baird will ever make.
Billy Beane, who robbed the Royals of Jermaine Dye, who gave us a pet
rock for Jeremy Giambi, who helped the Royals achieve their dream of
owning Roberto Hernandez. Hell, he even took away Kevin
Appier, and never mind that it was the right thing for the Royals, it
still hurt like hell.
The Royals finished the season with just three potential free agents, and
already had the foresight to re-sign the least enticing one, Brent
Mayne. With a midnight deadline looming on December 7, the Royals were
able to come to terms with Luis Alicea, for essentially the same
money as last year: $800,000 with incentives.
It was less than four months ago that Allard Baird stood before the baseball
world and announced that
had traded one of the best right fielders in the game for Neifi Perez.
In one of the great non sequiturs of all time,
Baird claimed that because the Royals could not re-sign Rey
Sanchez--Rey Sanchez!--Jermaine Dye had to be sacrificed. He
spoke about how he could not stand to see the Royals unsettled at a
I want to thank everyone who spent the time and effort to create and share
this material. Some people really spent a lot of time carefully considering
actions--either how exactly Allard Baird should be exiled/jailed/sterilized,
or how an organization like the Royals should deal with what are likely to
be persistent challenges. More than 500 people sent in plans of one sort or
another. Thanks, and I'm sorry if I didn't have time to respond privately.