January 18, 2007


Winners, losers and more from a busy offseason (Scott Miller, 1/18/07, CBS SportsLine.com)

The best -- and worst -- of everything this winter:

Best contracts

1. Boston, Matsuzaka, six years, $52 million. The contract was brilliant. Especially when you see what Ted Freakin' Lilly and Gil Freakin' Meche are getting. The tough thing to swallow is the $51 million the Red Sox paid simply for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka. [...]

5. Boston, Julio Lugo, four years, $36 million. If Lugo plays like he did with the Dodgers last summer, this could backfire. And the Red Sox already have been there, done that with Edgar Renteria. Here's guessing Lugo will revert back to his old, steady form in his return to both a league and a position in which he is comfortable. Compare this contract to Rafael Furcal getting $13 million a year, and Boston did well. [...]

Most improved teams [...]

3. Boston. Anybody who watched Matsuzaka work in last spring's World Baseball Classic knows he is capable of making a big difference in the AL East -- or anywhere else. [...]

Good gambles [...]

4. The Yankees getting prospects for Johnson and Sheffield. We have no idea right now whether Humberto Sanchez (from Detroit in the Sheffield deal) or Ross Ohlendorf (from Arizona in the Johnson deal) will turn into All-Stars or busts. But Johnson is going to wake up finished one of these mornings, and Sheffield wasn't a long-term guy for the Yanks. At some point, New York must get somebody into its system other than Philip Hughes who maybe can develop into a starting pitcher one day. That process started this winter, and it's smart baseball on the part of Cashman.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2007 10:49 PM

You left out:

Most overdone offseason stories
2. Manny Ramirez trade rumors.

Worst contracts
3. J.D. Drew, Boston
4. Meche, Kansas City

Worst personnel moves
5. Seattle keeping manager Mike Hargrove. What's the point?

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 19, 2007 11:33 PM

He's wrong about the Drew contract, as he'll write next offseason.

Posted by: oj at January 20, 2007 7:55 AM