The Sox suck less today - what does this mean to us?
Atlanta seems to have sold the farm to bring in Javy Vazquez from the Sox. As you may remember (and I don't have the link anymore) I predicted the Sox would repeat as AL Champs when they brought in Vazquez in the Winter of 2005-6. At the time, I thought him to be THE premier Latin pitcher in the world in terms of talent. Yes, I know full well who Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, Carlos Zambrano, etc. are.
But as you all know, he did not exactly come up large for the South Siders, and Ozzie Tourette famously ripped on him last year for his lack of testicular fortitude in games that mattered. However, Ozzie's boss still managed to extract the best catching prospect in all of ball, along with possibly a top pitching prospect. Not bad work for a guy your own manager managed to discredit, in print. Oh, but you know those Mexicans...always bringing down property values in their neighborhood!!
(Just kidding. I know Ozzie isn't Mexican)
Anyway, what this means to us is, pretty much, the Braves weren't kidding when they declared themselves OUT of the Jake Peavy Sweepstakes. So Jake's 2009 baseball home will either be San Diego or Wrigleyville. The whole Peavy Trade Rumor story has been quite entertaining to me, at least, over this particular Winter of Discontent.
Maybe that's the whole purpose of this thing - instead of being royally and understandably pissed off that the so-called Best Cubs Team in a Century got swept in the NLDS, the Braintrust is holding the whole "trade for Peavy" thing in front of us, just like you might hold a shiny object in front of a kid with ADHD to distract him from his homework, or whatever else he should be doing.
I agree with all of you who say that we have bigger needs than another live arm to what arguably is the best rotation in all of ball already. We all agree that we need to identify a leadoff man. Many of us would like to see a pursuit for Rafael Furcal, which would push Theriot to second, and DeRosa in RF. Others think we need a 35 year old guy like Bobby Abreu or Raul Ibanez in RF.
I myself prefer a trade for Brian Roberts, for these reasons. First, it would provide good homes for some of our assets who are literally "dying on the vines" for lack of opportunities - Hofpauir, Marshall, Cedeno, Pie, maybe Fontenot. Secondly, it would give us that leadoff man and left-handed bat. Then we could have a setup where DeRosa plays right, Johnson plays left and Fukudome does some of both, getting maybe 400 ABs against right-handed pitching while he spells Johnson in CF at times, spelling DeRosa in RF other times when he needs rest and/or while DeRosa goes to spell Ramirez or Roberts.
But, as we've mentioned the past couple of days, our national trade deficit might become a surplus before THAT particular trade is consummated. I think Peter Angelos has jpegs of Roberts on his computer, and McFail can't function until the nurses bring him his pudding around 2. I'm not really willing to wait around all winter while those two douchemarks get their shit together.
So, all the excitement we have left is to see if Hendry really does go through with his bizarre experiment, to determine once and for all if you really CAN have Too Much Pitching. I personally don't think you can. God knows we've never come close in all the time I have watched this pistolwhipped trainwreck of a ballteam. Most years, I've had to watch things like Ray Burris and Bill Bonham throw batting practice to the rest of the league, the whole 1985 rotation go on the DL within 3 weeks time, and Andrew Lorraine and Kyle Farnsworth searching for a way to keep their walks under double-digits during their starts.
So, why not? We watch the Cubs to see them win, primarily, but on a lower level, we want to see excitement, regardless of its source. If the most entertaining thing that happens to us this off season is that Dr. Henderstein builds the most monstrous pitching staff in all creation, what the hell? Give it a whirl. Let's see what happens. Give John Moores what he thinks he needs. Slide him a couple of classy hookers from Lakepoint Towers - he's recently single. Whatever it takes, man. Just give us something real to talk about here. I have a hard enough time being funny as it is - without a real topic to run with, whatever I come up with is going to sound forced, lame, and contrived.
A lot like this, you know?