Lance Berkman has torn his ACL playing flag football and will go to the operating room next week. He will miss at least 6 months. This is BAD news. Lance, by the way, has more RCAA over the past 4 years than every player in MLB except Barry, Todd Helton, Pujols, Thome and Manny. (RCAA is an offense only metric created by Lee Sinins.)
At this time, Carlos Beltran’ agent, Scott Boras, says he wants a 10 year deal. Remembering what happened to Jeff Bagwell, who has 2 years left and is a shadow of his former self, I’d say any team who would agree is crazy. (How many 10 year contracts have been a good idea? Derek Jeter? Todd Helton? A-Rod? These giant contracts make it hard to trade these players after they have lost value, so…..) Remembering that insurance now only covers 3 years of any contract. Maybe George would agree. Or maybe Wilpon. But we sure won’t.
Roger says he won’t decide whether or not he is returning until January.
So now we need:
1 – At least 1 outfielder, 2 if Carlos doesn’t sign. But we’ll probably sick Biggio back out there, even though he stinks.
2 – A utility infielder besides Lamb.
3 – At LEAST one starter, 2 if Roger doesn’t come back.
4 – Like 5 relievers.
I’ll review what we might could have in the minors (who we could use next year) next entry. And it’s not much, fer sher.