Check out a great post by Throws Like a Girl (link on left, too), including this gem:
TIM REDDING: I gave up 125 hits in 100-2/3 innings last year. Please give me $1.4 million.
The big news is that it looks like we won't be acquiring Jose Cruz Jr. from the D-Rays, since the D-Backs beat us to the D-Punch, trading Casey Fossum for Cruz 'n Cash.
Redding, 2004: bad
Fossum, 2004: worse
Unless Purpura thinks Redding is going to be good again, I don't see why the D-Rays wouldn't do Redding-for-Cruz Jr. straight up, so why couldn't we do that? Sheesh.
In my opinion this narrows down our CF options significantly, because I figured Cruz Jr. would be the most likely guy we'd trade for. I'd like to trade for Winn because 1) he's a little better than Cruz Jr. and 2) Bill Bavasi, Seattle GM, is a moron. Mike Cameron would be ok, too, I guess. But I just don't see it. It looks more and more like either Biggio / Lane / Palmeiro or Biggio / Taveras / Lane. In other news, I'm going to cry.
Robby Hammock is still out there. Trade for him already! Are we not allowed to consider catchers who slug .400?
Oh, and Roy Oswalt and his agent are getting pissed that we can't come to terms. So basically we're going to blow it with Berkman, blow it with Oswalt, and might be good sometime around 2009.
Sorry, kinda upset today. Stupid Eagles clock management. What the hell was going on in their last 2 drives? HURRY UP! Plus the commercials sucked. Well, the pilot-diving-after-the-Bud-Light and Burt Reynolds getting kicked in the groin by a bear were ok. But nothing AWESOME.
Tomorrow: I stop using baseball-reference's Range Factor for evaluating defense and instead switch to UZR. I'll explain why then. Sneak Peek: Mike Cameron is really good.