Happy Valentine's Day! Or, as our old pal Dennis might put it:
"Saint Valentine's Day (commonly shortened to Valentine's Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496."
Sorry for the late hour. Had a nice Valentine's breakfast with the family. Anyway...
--My Sunday Insider features tidbits on Johnny Damon, Gary Sheffield, Chien-Ming Wang and the Rays. Just to reiterate: Wang already has agreed to terms with the Nationals. So unless Washington backs out for some physical reasons, it'll be a guarantee of $2 million with $3.25 million attainable in incentives. Don't believe the denials.
--For my spring-training preview column, I spoke with Bud Selig about the state of the game, which I happen to think is quite good.
--The Yankees announced this morning that head trainer Gene Monahan has developed a "significant illness" and will miss all of spring training and "possibly the first portion of the 2010 regular season." The exact illness wasn't announced. Best wishes to Monahan, who is a team institution.
--The New York Post's Joel Sherman offers his offseason winners and losers. My policy has been to do my list when all of the Type A free agents are signed, and at this point, we have two left: Damon, and Jermaine Dye. I might have to amend that policy if it appears that Dye has nothing going on.
--Good piece by the Boston Herald's John Tomase about Theo Epstein and the Red Sox. My visceral reaction to the Red Sox's offseason was that they were getting too cute with the emphasis on defense and pitching at the expense of offense, but every time I bring that up to officials from other clubs, they politely respond that I'm a moron. The broad consensus throughout the industry is that Boston will be a very dangerous team this season.
Have a great day.