Monday, February 19, 2007
El Gaupo is making a comeback and this time in New England.
“I am excited to move back to New England and can’t wait to pitch for Butch and help Nashua win a championship,” commented Garces.
Of course, I am pumped with just the possibility of interviewing the namestake of this blog, but this is not El Guapo's first try at a comeback. He could easily just say screw it and hang out on the beach until his money runs out so I'm not doing cartwheels, yet.
TOOTING MY OWN HORN
"That's a thing I have to go out and still be able to prove," Varitek said when asked about how productive he can be at his age. "I believe in myself and my ability, still. What I'm able to accomplish, be in shape, and doing things, I see no reason why I can't still perform."
It took the local MSM three years to get this story.
"Jason Varitek can certainly buck the trend by putting up 100+ OPS+ seasons at age 33-35, but the Vegas odds are against him. Many media members report that Tek has tremendous value in the clubhouse and with the pitching staff. I do not doubt that, but it can’t be easily measured like homeruns and translated into dollars. Assuming Tek's intangibles do not diminish, it is still a big risk to sign him to a fair market extension - Javy Lopez's deal at $22.5 million and three years is likely the mark - with the history of catchers in their mid-30's."
Yours truly, with the assistance of Rob Neyer, was concerned about Tek early on.
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