OK, this is gonna sound crazy
You can tell that Pitchers and Catchers Report is coming up soon.
The natives are getting restless. Bored with waiting for the Big Trade to happen, brains frozen solid, we're all getting bat guano crazy around here. Picking fights with one another. Making stupid proposals. Pretending that Mikey Fontenot is the difference between glory and mediocrity-as-usual.
I'm no better. I've not taken a decent breath for four days. My throat is raw, but not as raw as my nostrils. I'm all Ny-Quilled, I feel like Mike Phelps on the business end of the bong. So here's my thought for today.
We haven't won a World Series for over a hundred years, and as presently constituted, will not win one this year, either. I mean, we COULD, I guess, just as we could have last year, and the year before. If we get ALL the breaks...but in my humble opinion, we've enjoyed more than our share of breaks the past two years. The Houston series in Milwaukee? Ben Sheets going down again and again? Not to mention Gallardo? Tony LaRussa losing his battle with the bottle?
We can't rely on breaks anymore. we need to spend some money....
...but we HAVE! Who spent more money in 2007 than Hendry? Who then went out and gave Fukudome another 40 mill in 2008? Who then went out on a pre-emptive strike and retained Dempster, which in retrospect looks like an over-pay? Sure, the payroll has not yet been brought in line with their revenues (remember, chant it as a mantra if you must, 3rd in Revenues, 8th in Payroll), but money has been spent. In fact, each year that passes, things get worse. Ramirez, Zambrano, Soriano, Dempster, Fukudome, they all have huuuge back-loaded deals that start to kick in with a vengeance in 2010 and beyond.
This is why, when we all look at Jake Peavy, when all it would take for us is to throw a couple of handfuls of "prospects" at the Padres to bring him here? Peavy's contract is back-loaded, too. When the five guys above are cashing their big checks, Peavy will be getting one just as large, if not larger. Although his role as Ace Pitcher fits in perfectly with our staff, and would make us the prohibitive favorite in the entire league, it is possible to understand why Hendry isn't making the deal. His salary is no good fit with ours.
But we HAVE to win NOW, dammit!!!
There's one other man that can do the job. A man who has never played on a losing team. A man who has carried his teams to 10 playoff appearences in the past 14 years. Four World Series. Two World Championships. A World Series MVP. A man who has led the league twice in outfield assists, who hits 30 points higher with men on base.
A man who wants a long term contract, yes, but could possibly accept a one-year deal for the right price. So sign him for a year, and in the meantime, work out a trade that would send one of our other long-terms packing (either Z or Soriano, preferably the latter), and then maybe keep this guy around if everything works out.
Yep, I'm talking Manny!! He turned down one year at $25 million with the Dodgers. You know what, it ain't My money, I don't care. Find out how much he WOULD take for one year? I bet the number will be more than the A-Fraud ($27MM). But even if he wanted 30 or 32 million for 2009, it wouldn't cripple us down the road, and our payroll would still be in line with our revenues.
I am convinced that with this guy, the good far outweighs the bad, even though there's a lot of bad. Yes, he quit on the Sawx last year. SO WHAT?? It's the Sawx! Screw 'em!! They deserve it, the Massholes. If we sign this guy, then move Soriano to second base, we lead the league in errors, we score over 1,000 runs, we have an assload of FUN, and we win a pennant!
Tomorrow I promise to lay off the Ny-Quil.