Well, it was a busy week for me at the winter meetings, and a busy week for commenting, as well. Which is a great thing, no matter how much work that meant for the judges.
So without further ado, here are your medalists:
--The silver goes to Richie G., who expressed his unhappiness upon Jose Reyes' agreeing to terms with Miami:
By not trading the hottest free agent on the market, all the Mets get stuck with are two lousy draft picks, instead of one or two prized prospects. I did say that the Mets better realize what the marketplace would be, and if they would be able to compete if they keep him. And they didn't. This is a gigantic mistake.
--And the gold goes to Mr. Bob Tufts, who checked in just yesterday upon Albert Pujols' decision to sign with the Angels.
Pujols was offered a low-ball contract that I believe would have made him the fourth-highest paid first baseman in baseball. The Cards had three years to get a deal done and passed.
Athletes succeed because they are extremely competitive. It also applies to be recognized as the best at their job. Money is a quantitative way of demonstrating value, and the Cards told Albert he was worth less than Tex as a player.
Players do not turn off the engine if they are competitive. They carry it with them off the field and into negotiations.
Here's my column on Pujols and the Angels.
--Have a great day.