First- Derek Lowe is officially a Brave.
Second- Not a lot of news today.
Where will Manny Ramirez go! He is one of the best hitters ever and today. Manny wants at least 15 million a year and I think he should get 15 million. Manny may be a bad influence in the clubhouse but thats Manny. Some guys are just going to be like that. He is a great hitter and at 36 Manny still can slug the ball. Yes, he has terrible defense but his is better than Adam Dunn. Manny hasn’t signed for two reasons: the economy and his antics. If Manny had behaved and didn’t “force” the Red Sox to trade him Manny would be with someone. Manny hit 37 home runs, hit .332, and drove in 121 with the Red Sox and Dodgers. Manny has 527 carer home runs, with a .314 batting average, and has driven in 1,725. If Manny hadn’t refused to play, went inside the Green Monster, held up signs about trading him for Brett Favre (as shown) and said Derek Jeter was playing golf (also as shown) then he would probably resigned with Boston. Manny will probably end up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Scott Boras works his magic the deal will probably give him three years, club option for forth, twelve million dollars a year. If Boras can’t work his magic the deal will be three years ten million dollars. Manny wants to play till he is 40. So for his last year he could end up with the Yankees as a D.H. My baseball trainer Raffi, played minor league ball with Albert Pujols, Bartolo Colon, Willy Taveras, grew up with David Ortiz, and Manny. When I have my lessons guess who is there before me Willy Taveras! Raffi pitches to him and Willy hits. Raffi said that Manny wants to stay in Los Angeles and some other stuff. Click here to see his stats. While the Giants did show interest in Manny that idea kind of fell apart. One thing is will Manny sign before pitchers and catchers report to spring training? Or even before the end of spring training.
Manny Being Manny
Manny gets paid millions of dollars and the best he can do is cardboard!
I was at this game. This was Jason Bay’s third game and I think that is Jason Bay batting.
First- Merry Christmas everyone
Second- Let’s make it 20. Come on Celtics beat LA!
Third- I will start a new feature tomorrow called comment of the day where the best comment on one of my stories gets put on my blog as a shoot out.
Now to the story
P.R./OF.- Jacoby Ellsbury– .280, 9 Home Runs, 47 RBI’s, 50 Stolen Bases, $406,000
Jacoby is just fast. He set a ton of rookie stolen base records this year. His defense is also fantastic. Jacoby is cheep, too. He is young, hits for decent contact, and obviously fast. He was third in rookie of the year voting, lead Boston in the 2007 playoffs, and this year led the league in stolen bases. I think Jacoby could break Rickey Henderson’s stolen base records.
P.H./ OF.- Carlos Quentin-.288, 36 Home Runs, 100 RBI’s, 7 Stolen Bases, $400,000
I’m not so sure about Quentin yet. Some guys have great years then stink again. With Quentin though his swing is injury prone. His swing is a lot like Jeff Bagwell, who had to retire early due to his shoulder. He hurt his shoulder by swinging. If Quentin did have a great year next year then and this was a real team, then I would trade him for prospects, because he would probably want more playing time.
Honorable Mention- P.H./ OF
3rd/ 2nd/ LF/ RF- Mark DeRosa, .285, 21 Home Runs, 87 RBI’s, 6 Stolen Bases, $4,750,000
DeRosa can play almost anywhere. He is overpaid though. He provides veteran leadership and is a good influence in the clubhouse. I think he would be good with Peedie. He could “mentor” him about the few things he doesn’t know. DeRosa was decent contact and decent power. He also drives in a good amount of runs.
Honorable Mention- 3rd/ 2nd/LF/RF
Rocco Baldelli– .263, 4 Home Runs, 13 RBI’s, 0 Stolen Bases,* $2,250,000
*- In only 28 games
Rocco is a gamble. His illness is now highly treatable. He is young also. I think 95 percent of this team is young. I put Rocco at D.H. because I don’t know if he will need time to rest after his treatment. At first I didn’t want to put him on this team but I decided he should be because of his age, skill, and the fact that his illness is treatable. There also weren’t a lot of cheep D.H.’s so I thought about putting Big Papi in here then I saw Huff, and then I remembered Rocco.
David Ortiz & Aubrey Huff
Total Payroll Today- $7,806,000
Total Payroll So Far- $24,008,162
Tomorrow look out for the rotation featuring 5 aces.