November 29, 2006
Before Wayne Krivsky had a chance to make the horrible mistake of re-signing Royce Clayton, the Blue Jays beat him to the punch. Marc says:
Ken Rosenthal reports the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Royce Clayton.
This is the exact transcript of the conversation that ensued here in the office between me and the Crack Technical Staff regarding this story:
CTS: Clayton signed!
RHM: With whom?
CTS: The Blue Jays. $1.5 million.
RHM: Royce Clayton commands $1.5 million?
CTS: Sure. In Canada.
To be paid in maple syrup and snow.
November 29, 2006
As in in direct response to me making fun of their inactivity and certainly not because they were just wrapping up the details, the Cardinals have finally gone and done something:
Adam Kennedy signed a three-year deal on Tuesday to play second base for St. Louis, reuniting him with Eckstein, his old Anaheim teammate.
The Cardinals also filled another of the openings on their roster on Tuesday, signing right-hander Kip Wells to take one of the vacant spots in their starting rotation. Wells, 29, was most recently a Texas Ranger but is best known to the Cardinals from four-plus years pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wells, a previously good starter down on his luck, going for $4 million. What a shame that he can't catch, or we'd be looking at him in a Cincinnati uniform.
November 28, 2006
From an e-mail from THE Dave Storm, GABP scoreboard operator extraordinaire and front-man for the Screaming Mimes:
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Hey, four tickets to Friday's Redsfest is a $40 value. Plus, the honor and glory of the winner coming from RHM is something I'd cherish for at least a couple weeks.
November 27, 2006
Heh heh. That's what she said.
Actually, I think that the Crack Technical Staff and I manage to ramble on for an impressive amount of time, when you consider how sparse our list of topics is:
Episode 33: It's Just Not That Long (15.2 MB, 22:09)
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November 27, 2006
No, really. I read it on Marc's blog:
Lo and behold, the Reds have signed veteran backstop Chad Moeller, who spent last year in the Brewers organization, to a one-year contract. Not sure what this means in the grand scheme just yet, as Moeller appeared in just 31 big-league games last year, but I'm sure it's all part of the master plan.
Marc asks Kriv-dawg to explain:
“You need depth,” said Krivsky. “You need a team. You need guys with roles. You just canâ€™t go with two catchers â€“ youâ€™d better have depth there. If someone gets hurt, a foul tip, youâ€™re out there scrambling. Youâ€™d better have some depth at that position. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re doing here.”
And Moeller's .184 average in 29 games with the Brewers last year?
“Heâ€™s better than that,” said Krivsky.
Now, before you get all excited, I should point out that “you just can't go with two catchers” IS actually an appropriate sentiment in some cases. For example, if a person were to walk up to you and ask, “What's the absolute minimum number of baseball players needed to form a proper human pyramid?” or “I don't want company, I want a crowd. What do I need?”