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Shocker #2! Mets Make Smart Deal! Land Bay!

30 Dec

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As a Mets and Red Sox fan, today is an interesting day for me to say the least.  Jason Bay, it’s being reported, has accepted an offer to join the Mets.  Pending passing a physical, Bay will be playing in Queens next year.

I know the Mets track record in free agency isn’t the greatest.  And that’s an understatement.

After all, I remember being a child and so excited that George Foster was leaving the Big Red Machine to join the Mets that I could barely sleep.  This was followed by many sleepless nights learning the true meaning of disappointment when Foster failed to play big (or red for that matter) for the Metropolitans.

Despite all of that, this signing will turn out fine.  The two biggest hitters of the off season this year are Bay and Matt Holliday.  There’s been a lot of debate over who’s a better choice. 

Here’s what it boils down to.  Bay has played mostly in Pittsburgh and Boston.  He’s played well in both places.  He’s played well in both leagues.

Holliday has played in Colorado (mostly), which makes his hitting stats highly suspicious to begin with.  He’s played in Oakland, where his stats dropped way off his Colorado standards.

Hmmmmmmm….

And then, he really put his career back together in half a season with the Cardinals, a lineup that featured Albert Pujols only the best hitter in the game.

So, to review…  Bay has played well everywhere he’s played.

Holliday did really well in Colorado and didn’t hit anywhere near as well in the American League until being rescued by Albert Pujols.  Plus, he made a key error in this year’s playoffs despite being a supposedly much better fielder than Bay.

All in all, I think the Mets made the right choice.  And unless he has a David Wright-like power fade from playing in Citi Field next year, I think the Mets 2010 season just got a lot brighter.  Now they need to address their lack of pitching.

As for the Red Sox, I think they long ago started to prepare for life after Bay and so I’m not too worried about.

PS – I completely reserve the right to flip on the whole Bay/Holliday issue when the Red Sox sign Holliday in the next few weeks. 

Stay tuned….

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HUGE Pitching News and it’s all about REVENGE! Halladay a Phil! Cliff Lee Not! Lackey Moving Too!

14 Dec

FINALLY!  After the most boring winter meetings EVAH (unless you’re a Yankee fan or president of the Curtis Granderson Fan Club),  we’ve finally got some legitimate hot stove action.  And it’s all about pitching!

John Lackey (according to ESPN.com) has signed with the Red Sox further strengthening a strong rotation.  Perhaps more importantly weakening the Angels of Los Angeles or Anaheim or where ever…  Point is losing Lackey helps the Sox get better all while damaging the team that eliminated them in this year’s playoffs.  You gotta love revenge!

The bigger news though is a three team trade that has Roy Halladay going to the Phillies of all places.  And Cliff Lee leaving the Phils for Seattle.  Toronto, I heard, is getting prospects.

Has anyone ever been better in a short try out and then traded way quicker than Cliff Lee.  What happened?  His contract was reasonable and he’s just about as good as Roy Halliday, who I’m hearing is negotiating a long-term deal with the Phillies.  Maybe Lee embarrassed himself at the company holiday party??  Just a guess.

You’ve got to give the Phillies props for testicular fortitude, but it seems to me that Lee was already pretty good and much cheaper.  But, maybe this trade is about revenge, much like the Sox signing John Lackey.  The Phillies managed to snag the off season’s biggest pitching prize and in doing so kept both Halladay & Cliff Lee away from the Yanks. 

If it does come back down to the Phillies and Yankees next year, it will be interesting to see if Halladay can top what Lee was able to do in his first start against the Yanks.

As a Mets’ and Red Sox fan and the new president of the John Lackey Fan Club, hear’s hoping we don’t find out!

Grant Hill Loses His Damn Mind!

8 Jul

Grant Hill has always seemed a class act to me.  While injuries stopped him from fulfilling his promise as one of the first “next Jordan’s”, Hill has to be admired for the way he’s battled back.

He actually played a ton of games last year for Phoenix and was an effective member of the Suns’ squad.  At an advanced age and having made a bunch of money in his career, you’d think the last motivation left for Grant Hill would be a championship.

And you’d be wrong.

Rumors are swirling that Hill is going to sign with the New York Knicks.

Why???

Even if everything breaks the Knicks’ way, LeBron won’t even be in Manhattan for another year.  By then the brittle Hill will be one year closer to 40.  How much will he have left?

And has he looked at the Knicks’ roster recently?  That team is more than a LeBron James and old version of Grant Hill away from a title.

Apparently, the Celtics are in the Hill chase too.   Here’s hoping Grant Hill regains his sanity long enough to sign on with Garnett and the gang.

Playing in Boston would give him a much better chance to go out a champion.  And not even Michael Jordan did that….

Don’t Kidd Yourself Or Nash Your Teeth! These Guys Aren’t Worth The Money!

3 Jul

For the life of me I don’t understand why NBA teams are so interested in Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.  It’s 2009.   If it was 1999 or even 2004, I would get it.

Kidd is a free agent and Nash is one year away from free agency (I think) and still the piece around which Phoenix intends to rebuild.  Why?

Kidd (I think ) is 36.  Nash is right there with him.  If I wasn’t so lazy with the research, this post would be even more impressive. 

But lazy or not, my point is that point guards don’t last much beyond their mid-thirties.  I’d even venture to say that many of the greatest point guards were done being truly great by their early 30s.

John Stockton, off the top of my head, probably stayed as effective as anyone deep into his 30s.  Stockton, though, is the exception.

My advice for NBA teams would be to think of both Nash and Kidd as one year investments.  At their advanced ages for basketball, they’re both running out of time.   Kidd, in particular, has played a lot of basketball when you factor in his coming out school so early.

Jason Kidd and Steve Nash belong in the Hall of Fame some day.  Where they don’t belong right now is in a smart NBA team’s future plans beyond the next year.

Mark my words.  I’m not wishing either of them bad things, but it seems inevitable that you’ll see even sharper declines in each of them sooner than later.

Elton Brand Takes My Advice! (PS – Philly – You’re Welcome!)

9 Jul

Breaking news is that Elton Brand is prepared to shock the NBA and sign with Philadelphia after opting out of his contract with the L.A. Clippers.

It’s good to know that Elton knows good advice when he reads it.  It’s even better to know that Elton Brand is reading my blog!

Click below to read the post I wrote a few days ago which delivered Elton to Philly:
https://fullcontactsports.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/elton-has-left-the-building-and-he-should-just-keep-running/

PS – Philadelphia, you’re welcome!

Elton Has Left The Building! (And He Should Just Keep Running)

1 Jul

Breaking news is that Los Angeles Clippers star Elton Brand has surprised those paying attention by opting out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.  With a weak group of teams sporting any kind of real cap room this year, it seemed natural that Brand was going to stick it out in LA.  The Clippers might have continued to stink, but at least Elton would be collecting a maximum salary.

While the power forward is telling people he still might end up with L.A.’s second best team once all is said and done, I’ve got some advice for him.

Don’t!

Elton Brand isn’t LeBron James, but he has been a pretty darn good baller during his NBA.  His reward?  Toiling for a cursed franchise.  Look, I love an underdog.  Few things in sports please me more than seeing a beaten down team or individual turn things around.  But, there are the exceptions.

The Clippers are THE exception.  They’ve had a few brief shining moments (Billy Crystal was a big fan!)  and Brand has been around for one or two of them.  But, given their ownership and front office, they FOREVER are destined to be a team closer to the top of the division than the top.  Trust me, I know.  I’ve seen it before with the Nets.

 

So, my advice to Elton Brand…. Just bolt!

Sure, there’s not a lot of teams with cap room and sure the ones that do/may have cap room all are horrible (Philadelphia, Memphis, etc).  It’s guaranteed that if Brand leaves the Clips he won’t be making as much with his new team as he could with the losing organization he’s been with for so long.  But, you know what?  At least, there’d be hope.  Hope that a sagging franchise could right itself.  After all Philly had a good stretch for part of last season.  Maybe Brand could be part of extending that run into a full season.

Or perhaps Brand can push the Clips for a sign and trade deal.  Maybe that’s his best hope.  Miami has been interested and I hear that Pat Riley fella knows a thing or two about turning around losing teams…

Where ever he goes. However he gets there.  It won’t be as bad as L.A.  For sure!

Life is short and a power forward’s career is shorter.  Brand is 29.  It’s time for him to run to daylight!