I hear tell that Fast Eddie is telling folks at the Winter Meetings that Clank IS going to play first base (if he can’t trade him to some dumbass AL team) and that Bret Wallace could use another year at AAA. Yeah, he needs another year at AAA like he needs to gain 30 pounds in his butt.
Oh – and get THIS – he is trying to trade Jeff Keppinger because his 105 OPS+ is too unsatisfactory at second base, unlike, say, Clint Barmes and his 67 OPS+ and it can’t be because Keppinger is arb eligible and due a raise from 1.15 mill because Barmes is gonna make 3 times that, easily.
And he’s trying to move Matt Lindstrom and his 1.65 mill because he is arb eligible. True that he was hurt in the second half and uck-sayed. I get that. BUT, get this:
Instead of playing Bogusevic, a lefty hitting LF, he’s trying to sign Jeremy Hermida, who hasn’t hit well since 2007, who was dumped by the Marlins and failed with the Red Sox and Athletics, is a lousy fielder at all 3 positions, and cost over 3 mill last year. Oh yeah – and Ryan Church, who was a VERY good player until he was injured during the 08 season and was so lousy that he was traded for Jeff Francoeur. He has subsequently failed with the Braves, Pirates and Diamondbacks. Interestingly enough, Hermida and Church have very high similarity scores on Baseball-reference.com.
So riddle me this – why, WHY “slash payroll” by getting rid of a middle infielder who can actually HIT, replacing him with one who can’t who is MORE expensive, and why bother to have a “youth movement” when you insist on continuously signing the Cory Sullivans of the world?
Oh yeah – and I also hear tell that Fast Eddie is chasing after Jeff Francis (who used to be good before he was hurt) and HE is hardly a “youth movement” or going to be cheap.
Man I hope this franchise gets sold right quick and Tal Smith and Fast Eddie get an immediate pink slip. I’m tired of their stuff.