Ken Davidoff's baseball insider
Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
Here's my news story on the new CBA, and here are my CBA winners and losers.
The word I used in my news story, to describe the number of changes, was "dizzying." There was so much stuff that I feltl ike I couldn't cover all of it, even in two newspaper stories.
So that's why we have the blog, which I'd like to use this morning as a supplement to the news story and column....Read more »
I covered my first general managers' meeting in 2000, skipped 2001 and have been at every gathering since 2002. When I arrived Monday and saw player agent Bob Garber, I smiled. Garber, who runs one of the smaller shops, usually doesn't come to this set of meetings, which is generally more about laying groundwork than completing deals. This year, though? It was a slam dunk that he'd show up....Read more »
Busy day here in Milwaukee. And when I write "Busy day," what I really mean is, "It was incredibly slow until 4:45, when MLB gathered all of the present GMs* and put them in a room to talk to us."
*Because I know you were curious, there are three GMs who aren't here: Oakland's Billy Beane, Texas' Jon Daniels and San Francisco's Brian Sabean. Their respective deputies David...Read more »
Apologies for the brief entries this week - it's been mostly Internet-access problems, but also some scheduling. We'll pick things up tomorrow with our final Friday Five of the season.
--Off World Series Game 1, I wrote that C.J. Wilson pitched better than he had previously this postseason, but not better enough to boost his upcoming free-agent portfoiio.
Don't get me wrong; Wilson will...Read more »
So, it's not like I missed much during my 48 hours off the grid, right?
I suppose I could let stuff pass, but my ego is too large to do so. Sorry. Think of this as the weekly magazine of blogs. I opine on stuff that happened a long time ago.
Let's go in reverse chronological order.
1) Terry Francona out as Red Sox manager. Islander505 asked me about Francona's...Read more »
We have new playoff brackets:
AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4)
NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)
Thoughts: The Rangers' victory over Seattle, combined with Detroit's loss to Baltimore, flip-flopped the AL's two and three seeds. And it begs the question for the Yankees: Whom would they rather face?
Your first reaction...Read more »
Good story by David Lennon on Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada, who will work out together this winter even though they might not be teammates anymore next year.
Not much more to say on the Reyes front right now. The 22 non-playoff teams will take October to start formulating gameplans for the winter - and even the eight playoff teams will multi-task - and we'll see how strong the market is for...Read more »
Sorry, just the basics this morning:
At the Yankees' victory in Boston, I wrote about CC Sabathia's performance and what it means - as much as we can derive from one game, at least.
The classic question on Sabathia and the Red Sox this season has been, naturally, "Why can't he beat them?!" and all along I've believed the answer to that is, simply, "Because they're...Read more »
Greetings, everyone. Thoughts and prayers to any and all of you who were impacted by Irene.
I ordinarily pay less attention to action during my vacation week, and of course, that went double this time, what with pretty much everyone focused on other matters. So let's get up to date on the largest matters of the past nine days.
First of all, just one change in the playoff brackets:
AL:...Read more »
The Yankees lost, thanks to an abominable start by A.J. Burnett. Shocker.
Not much more to say on this guy, is there? He'll stay in the rotation this coming week because the Yankees have a doubleheader coming up next Saturday in Baltimore. Beyond that, however, the only way he should be getting starts is for the doubleheader in September against Tampa Bay (yet to be scheduled) and if the club...Read more »