MLBTR reports that the Mets may still be interested in SS Stephen Drew at around the $7mil per season level. This is crazy talk and just isn’t going to happen. Look, the best thing you can hope for when a player has a bad year is for them to have a ‘turn around’ season and return to what was their norm in the past. What was Drew’s norm? The 13/HR, 67/RBI, .253 in 2013 for Boston or the 15/HR, 61/RBI, .278 for Arizona in 2011? Isn’t this the projected range for Wilmer Flores?
I wanted Drew badly when he first came available but the whole Boras association soured me quickly on this guy. A Boras client always assures me that I am about to pay too much for his services.
Some thought I was too harsh on the ranking of SS Gavin Cecchini yesterday. I want to remind everyone that I stated in the opening of each posting that this is subjective ranking and I said going into this process that the entire list represents players I feel will make a difference doing something at the major league level.
Hardball Times[i] –
Since I live in Brooklyn, my mind often turns to the period following World War II, when the Dodgers played in town, and New York teams ruled the baseball universe. (Yankees fans still believe this to be true today, but it was especially true in the ‘40s and ‘50s.) From 1947 to 1956, a New York team appeared in the World Series every year except for 1948. The Yankees and Dodgers faced off in the Fall Classic on six different occasions during that stretch, and the Bronx Bombers, as they tended to do, took home seven World Series titles.
The playing locations, too, were iconic, reminiscent of a different time and sports culture entirely. Ebbets Field stood on an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood corner at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn. Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds were within half a mile of each other.
“You could walk from one to the other in 15 minutes,” famed sportswriter Roger Kahn writes in The Era: When the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers Ruled the World.
Almost certainly unrelated to the very strange Stephen Drew rumor that just popped up, there is still a little bit to flesh out from this weekend’s shooting in the Dominican Republic, which appears to have involved people known by/close to/related to Starlin Castro.[ii]
Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, was on MLBN Radio today to provide a little more information, and you can listen to two snippets here. In addition to confirming that, per the police in the DR, Castro has been cleared of any involvement in the shooting, Kinzer got into what comes next for Castro. The most important bit is that Kinzer, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer have all spoken to Castro about these issues, and Castro is in the process of trying to find a place to live in Florida or in Arizona, according to Kinzer.