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– From RH in the comments: The Red Sox have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $74Million with JD Drew.
– Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers still looks like the best possibility, but word is there are many other interested teams inquiring that we don’t know about. The Padres recently bolstered their offer (no doubt in response to word that the Dodgers were the front runners) but it is unknown who was offered. Word is circulating that Jake Peavy and/or Adrian Gonzalez is involved, but this is only gossip with no unsubstantiated rumors and shouldn’t be taken seriously. What does seem concrete is Scott Linebrink’s name.
– The Yankees are hoping to sign Kei Igawa to a four-year deal that’s about $16 million to $17 million in total dollars. I can’t see that happening, but now the Yankees can stop complaining about the excessive posting fee. If Igawa is worth a $25 million posting fee, Matsuzaka is worth $51.1.
– The Giants will sign Mark Loretta, but they are waiting to see if arbitration is offered to Loretta. If so, the Giants would have to cough up their first-round pick. The Red Sox should – they can either get a first-round pick or Loretta back, which are two good things.

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  1. 1). Drew – Fuck. 5 years, are you serious? If he's still in the league in 4 years i'll be shocked. Please don't let this be a disaster.
    2). Trading Manny for Peavy? Good. For Gonzalez? Fuck that's bad. For the corpse of Brian Giles, that's even worse. And if Linebrink is a centerpiece of that trade, we're just screwed. Without Peavy, don't do it.
    3). Igawa: hah!
    4). Loretta really wasn't that good in the end, so no real loss there. I'd rather have Pedroia who has upside, since Loretta's power is completely non-existent. We're talking Ecksteinian levels of weakness.

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  2. Ben, please. I realize that you now hate Matsuzaka and you probably think I hate Igawa, but facts are facts:
    There are MANY people ranging from Jeff Moorad to Rob Neyer to Bobby Valentine to many others saying Matuzaka is one of the top 10 pitchers in the world.
    Many people see Kei Igawa as a bottom of the rotation pitcher.
    Also, Cliff says that "Matsuzaka is the better pitcher, but not by much."
    Not by much? The numbers may look like small transitions, but they're not. WHIP, H/9, HR/9, K/BB … all of them – they look like small adjustments, but those discrepancies are consistent in MLB as well. It's the difference between a Cy Young pitcher and a #4. The numbers may look like a small difference, but they're big.

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  3. WOW!!! Listen to this comment by the link Ben provided.
    "Seriously, does Red Sox really think ONE excellent SP is going to win it all for them?"
    Wow. Just wow. Schilling did it in 2004, and we're going to have just as good an ensemble in 2007 than we did in 2004.

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  4. Wow, thank god someone else made the most outlandish, insane statement of the week. Christ.
    .1 difference in WHIP over 200 innings is 20 baserunners, kind of a big deal. And how about we look at OPSA and BAA before we judge?
    C'mon people, lame-ass.

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  5. Wow, JD Drew 5years 74 million…Why dont we just keep Manny and we can field the all outerspace/indifference outfield of Manny, Drew and WMP….teams could use shiny objects to distract our entire outfield.
    I actually like WMP and feel a little bad throwing him inwith those two…but he certainly has a little bit of that manny A.D.D focus issue in the field.

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  6. Loretta "wasn't that good"? I realize Boston is an AL town, but come on. Loretta's one of the best contact hitters in the game and led the team in hits this season. Ecksteinian levels of weakness? I don't know if you noticed, but DE basically won the World Series for the Cards and was the Series MVP… not Rolen, Pujols, or Carpenter. I'd take an Eckstein on the team any day of the week.
    Losing Loretta will weaken the lineup, and he committed just 4 errors at second in 155 games. Plus, he could be moved to first if Pedroia needs a home. He'd sure be an upgrade from Youkilis – half the strikeouts and a better AVG in more at-bats…

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  7. Loretta "wasn't that good"? I realize Boston is an AL town, but come on. Loretta's one of the best contact hitters in the game and led the team in hits this season. Ecksteinian levels of weakness? I don't know if you noticed, but DE basically won the World Series for the Cards and was the Series MVP… not Rolen, Pujols, or Carpenter. I'd take an Eckstein on the team any day of the week.
    Losing Loretta will weaken the lineup, and he committed just 4 errors at second in 155 games. Plus, he could be moved to first if Pedroia needs a home. He'd sure be an upgrade from Youkilis – half the strikeouts and a better AVG in more at-bats…

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  8. As a Padres fan, it is insane to see Peavy's name in Manny trade talks.
    However, if indeed the Pads trade the 25-year-old ace for a 35-year-old LF who can't field, then they must know something about Peavy's arm that we don't know about.
    That is THE only explanation I can possibly come up with.

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  9. I hear the Padres are serious in the Zito sweepstakes…perhaps if they sign him they would be willing to move Peavy for a serious bat…god knows they could use some thump in their line-up. It makse sense..Zito would probably love to play in San Diego, being a surfer, so cal kinda guy. Perhaps he would take less to play there, because that is the only way the Pads will get him, they are not gonna outbid other suitors. I kow it is unlikely, but that is the only way this would be palatable…unless it is Adrian Gonzales, Linebrink, Khalil Greene and a prospect. Although all this Linebrink talk scares me…Rudy Seanez had much better numbers with the Pads the year before he came over to the sox

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  10. Zito is a SD local. He attended high school here.
    However, I don't get why obtaining Zito would make Peavy expendable. Arizona won the World Series with RJ and Schilling, and they needed both of them. The same with the Red Sox with Pedro and Schil (and Derek Lowe in the PS). Having more than one #1 is the way to win, especially in playoffs.

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  11. Loretta “wasn’t that good”? I realize Boston is an AL town, but come on. Loretta’s one of the best contact hitters in the game and led the team in hits this season. Ecksteinian levels of weakness? I don’t know if you noticed, but DE basically won the World Series for the Cards and was the Series MVP… not Rolen, Pujols, or Carpenter. I’d take an Eckstein on the team any day of the week.
    Losing Loretta will weaken the lineup, and he committed just 4 errors at second in 155 games. Plus, he could be moved to first if Pedroia needs a home. He’d sure be an upgrade from Youkilis – half the strikeouts and a better AVG in more at-bats…

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  12. Loretta “wasn’t that good”? I realize Boston is an AL town, but come on. Loretta’s one of the best contact hitters in the game and led the team in hits this season. Ecksteinian levels of weakness? I don’t know if you noticed, but DE basically won the World Series for the Cards and was the Series MVP… not Rolen, Pujols, or Carpenter. I’d take an Eckstein on the team any day of the week.
    Losing Loretta will weaken the lineup, and he committed just 4 errors at second in 155 games. Plus, he could be moved to first if Pedroia needs a home. He’d sure be an upgrade from Youkilis – half the strikeouts and a better AVG in more at-bats…

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  13. As a Padres fan, it is insane to see Peavy’s name in Manny trade talks.
    However, if indeed the Pads trade the 25-year-old ace for a 35-year-old LF who can’t field, then they must know something about Peavy’s arm that we don’t know about.
    That is THE only explanation I can possibly come up with.

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  14. As a Padres fan, it is insane to see Peavy’s name in Manny trade talks.
    However, if indeed the Pads trade the 25-year-old ace for a 35-year-old LF who can’t field, then they must know something about Peavy’s arm that we don’t know about.
    That is THE only explanation I can possibly come up with.

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  15. Good points…I think Zito and Chris Young are not bad anchors and it seems like SD needs a guy who can hit in that line-up as much as it needs two stud starters…besides after the Bard/Meredith trade its our turn to fleece you back again…so through in Adrian Gonzales and we'll do a sign & trade with Mirabelli and you can have him back (its sort of like the Seinfeld regifting episode….oh, you got me Mirabelli…umm, thanks) and continue the cycle. Seriously though,unless Arizona was interested I dont see anyone other then the Dodgers being a good fit. I still cant figure out how the hell the Giants were going to be involved, minus Matt Cain all they have is that Tim Linecum kid and I dont think he can be traded since he was an '06 pick.

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  16. Did we fleeeeeece you on Bard/Meredeth??????
    I know Boston is a tough place to live in, shoveling snow a third of the year and that, but…. COME ON, my friend. We gave you a FAVOR on that trade.
    Theo practically cried over the phone pleading Kevin Towers to give Mirabelli back. KT didn't have to accomodate that childish behavior. Besides, Cashman was (allegedly) willing to trade his prospects for Mirabelli, just to screw you guys. KT simply gave Theo a favor. And never forget Mirabelli arriving with police escort, wearing a shirt that said BIG S on his chest.
    I don't wanna ever hear Red Sox fans complaining about that trade.

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  17. "Plus, he could be moved to first if Pedroia needs a home. He'd sure be an upgrade from Youkilis – half the strikeouts and a better AVG in more at-bats…"
    And that's about the dumbest thing I've read today…
    I liked Loretta, he was a great second baseman. But he's also 35 years old and will get a 2-3 year deal. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Kevin Youkilis, making the minimum and under Boston's control for like another 4 years, comes along and posts a .381 OBP and .801 OPS in his first full season. He also learns 1B remarkably fast and, while not exactly fantastic defensively, showed nothing but promise.
    Loretta's OPS was .706. And his average was only 6 points higher then Youk, so I'm not sure what the hell you're talking about…Youkilis was a better hitter in every demonstrable way, and you want to take ab's away from him so a 35-year-old can sign a 2-3 year deal and play a position he's never played before? That makes a LOT of sense.

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  18. And sorry I snapped a bit, but Youk's my boy. I screamed all season in 2005 that they should bring him up…if they'd had him playing 1st instead of Millar/Olerud, even if it was just the second half, they would have won the penant and who knows what else.

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