Monday, December 13, 2004
The Red Sox selection of Adam Stern in the Rule 5 Draft is a product of the signing of John Ha-lama $hit (Only two people whom I believe don’t even read the blog – Baker and Hescok’nBalls - will understand and get a chuckle from that reference, but WTF). Theo’s second biggest mistake, BK, Ha-lama $hit and the seemingly endless number of pitching waiver claims left little room for a pitching Rule 5 selection. With that in mind, I am still puzzled as to why the Sox did not select Kohn or McGinley for 50K. Adam Hydzu or Sandy Martinez should be able to clear waivers opening up room on the 40-man. Why not take a chance?
Stern appears to be a speedy outfielder that has shown some decent walk rates in AA. He is unlikely to develop much more power out of his 5-11 180 frame. If he makes the club, he will likely be cast in the Dave Roberts role – fifth outfielder/backup centerfielder/pinch runner. This could be a signal that the rumored deal to send Roberts and BK to San Diego for Ramon Vazquez and Jay Payton has some legs, although I doubt BK will be moved. The Sox would likely have to send $5 million with BK and I feel they don’t want to part with that kind of cash to move the Korean enigma.
• Mike Matheny appears to have come to terms with the Giants, which puts A.J. Pee on the block. The Giants will try to move the 27 year-old loud mouth, sound defensive, all fields contact hitting catcher in a week or before the non-tender day. A.J. Pee could score a salary of $5 million next season. The Sox should use the situation as added leverage in the Tek negotiations. It maybe time for a deadline.
• The Mariners look like they will have dead Sexson in uniform next year. This leaves Delgado as the lone top free agent first baseman. The M’s are also interested in signing Delgado moving Sexson to the outfield. The O’s, MFY, and Mets also are reportedly in contact with Delgado's peeps. If the Mets loose out and I bet they will, a Doug Minky-Matsui deal could happen.