Friday, November 17, 2006

Low Threshold

Short post today. Tolerance for rumors and the money side of baseball is at an all-time low.

With apologies to Sports Illustrated….

You know the apocalypse is upon us when…

- A free agent pitcher who just had surgery in mid September to repair a partial tear of his rotator cuff is coveted by seven or eight teams.

- The fellow just named National League manager of the year will be in the broadcast booth next season, not on the bench, working for the Yankees.

- The cost of conversation has risen to $51.1 million giving a whole new meaning to the tag line “Can you hear me now?”!

In other news, Gavin Floyd had himself a certifiably mediocre "season" in the AFL. Here is the summary from the Phillies web site:

RHP Gavin Floyd -- Floyd made his final start of the season against Phoenix on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over four innings. The 23-year-old, who still has an outside chance of cracking the Phillies' rotation in 2007, finished the AFL season with an 0-1 record and a 5.57 ERA over six starts.

An "outside chance"? What Yaqui medicine man did the Phillies hire in their PR department?

Frank Thomas just signed a two-year, $18 million deal with an option for a third year with the Toronto Blue Jays. I guess the market for 38-year old comeback players with a history of injury problems is a lot stronger than I imagined. The Jays looked at all the home runs and rbi's in the cavernous confines of Oakland's ptifiul stadium and decided Thomas was well-worth the gamble.


J. Weitzel said...

The beat writer who covers Scranton sent an e-mail advising that it's time to begin funeral arrangements for Floyd.

Tom Goodman said...

I hope they don't spend a lot of money on flowers.

RickSchuBlues said...

Hey, if Thomas was good enough for the Beane-counter, he's good enough for his prodigal son Riccardi.

But never fear, A's...we've got a lumbering, immobile slugger who takes pitches all night right here for you in Philly. Think you could spare Erubiel Durazo for him? Oh, he's not there about Lance Blankenship, then?

Corey & Carson said...

please put the headcase known as gavin floyd out to the more!

Tom Goodman said...

C&C: I don't think boiling Floyd will help much.

RickSchuBlues said... I'm the one laughing out loud...