Friday, December 10, 2004
The free agent signings have been fast and furious over the last couple of days with more likely to come over the weekend. As it stands now, the players are screwing the owners. Cal Eldred is probably the only bargain signing to date, which is not a much of a surprise (Wood Williams, Jeff Kent and Matt Mantei were good for both sides). Good buy signings usually comes after the non-tender day (December 20th this year) when additional free agents flood the market – increase supply with demand constant decreases the price. It appears that the owners/GMs can’t self control themselves and wait for additional players to become available. The MLBPA should end any talk of collusion.
• Carl Pavano for $44 million over four years or David Wells for $8 million in 2005? Wells Beach Whale for El Guapo’s Ghost. The money being offered to Pavano is asinine.
• Through the years, McDonough brought out the best in Remy who, like most former players, had a shaky start in the booth. In marked contrast to Orsillo, McDonough would question a Red Sox manager's decision and criticize players if he believed it was warranted. This went over well with viewers who were often thinking the same thing.
McDonough and Remy were hilarious together. McDonough tooling on Remy is always good times. I’ll miss those instances, but I won’t miss him or any play-by-play announcers that provide analysis on the game. One analyst is enough for El Guapo’s Ghost.
• Comeback over the weekend for winter meeting comments.