Slow day at the winter meetings. This is one of those days when all the people who go for fun, and not because they’re on assignment for their jobs, try to remember what on earth they were thinking.
Mariner tidbits from the day.
The Manny deal looks to be dead, since Boston was asking for a ridiculous price. I was obviously in favor of a Manny trade, having suggested it several months ago, but for what Theo wanted, the M’s were right to say no.
The M’s are saying all the proper things about not shopping Sexson, but he’s absolutely on the block. The current rumor du jour has Sexson going to San Francisco and Rafael Soriano going to Atlanta in a three way trade that would send Tim Hudson and Adam LaRoche to the Mariners. This deal would be a home run for the Mariners and a lousy one for the Braves, so I’d expect John Schuerholz to come to his senses before it gets too far. But man, if that deal happens, I’ll do backflips in the street.
I know everyone thinks Tim Hudson has gone into dramatic decline, but it’s just not true. He’s not the same #1 starter he was in Oakland, but he’s better (and younger and cheaper) than Jason Schmidt. His problems in 2006 essentially boil down to two things – lots of flyballs going over the wall (16.3% HR/FB rate) and an inability to strand runners (67.4%). His HR/FB was the second highest in the NL, and his LOB% was the 6th lowest. Basically, he’s the anti-Washburn. He’s an extreme groundball guy whose ERA was inflated by the amount of flyballs going over the wall and the frequency with which runners scored. We saw reversion to the mean with Washburn last year, and I’m pretty sure we’ll see it with Hudson next year.
The Cardinals have made a public proclamation that they’re going after Jason Schmidt. All I can say is Go Cardinals Go.