As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend (and basically the entire past week) baseball has all but shut down on the free agent front.
One thing about Americans, they know how to celebrate a holiday.
One deal that did get done, and will be finalized probably early next week, is the Yankees re-upping with Freddy Garcia. I must admit I was quite shocked to see Freddy not only last the entire season in the Bronx rotation, but post solid numbers going 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 146.2 innings. I would be even more shocked if he managed to do that again.
Given that he’s 35 and his career ERA is 4.09 AND he’s had some injury concerns in the past, I think the Yanks might be pushing their luck. Of course at $5 million he’s not going to break their bank and there’s not many other choices to be had out there. As a Jays fan, all I can do is hope that the numbers don’t lie and Garcia regresses back to where I think he will be.
Meanwhile the Jays’ other main enemy, the Boston Red Sox, are on the verge of making a huge mistake. I believe it was Napoleon that said ‘never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.’ Which is why I haven’t called Boston’s front office to warn them.
That mistake I’m referring to is hiring Bobby Valentine as manager. Sure he’s had some success while managing some talented teams, but he somehow finds a way to turn things into a comical circus everywhere he goes. Under the bright lights of Boston, I can see things turning into an even bigger joke in a hurry. Given the current state of the Red Sox, making things worse would be hard to do. Somehow, I think Bobby would find a way.