More Rebuilding Discussion
Richard Griffin has a nice article today which piggybacks on mine from yesterday about the Jays rebuilding, comparing them to the same rebuilding effort by the Orioles. I don’t think there is any doubt Baltimore is ahead of us and I expect them to play .500+ ball this year but the Jays are not far behind and could potentially have a .500 record themselves.
It is just more evidence that this is the best and toughest division in all of sports. Imagine having 5 teams over .500 and only 2 of them making the playoffs. This also speaks to Bud Selig’s thoughts on realigning the divisions to create more competitive balance, take advantage of natural rivalries, and give more of the better teams in the AL a better chance of being in the playoffs.
Overbay to the Marlins?
Report from the Miami Herald today says there is an opening at 1B and Mike Lowell of the Red Sox is a possible candidate. Considering the size of his contract and his uncertain recovery from the hand injury which caused cancellation of his December trade to Texas, could Lyle Overbay be a more economical option for the Marlins? Oberbay would be a 1 year commitment the same and Lowell, has a salary several million less than Lowell, would play superior defense, and is sure to bounce back from a bad year last year. My assessment is that he’s a much better risk for the Marlins.
ESPN reports that scouts say Lowell is not moving very well this spring and so the Marlins are cooling on the idea of him at 1B for them even if the Red Sox paid most of his salary.
2010 Draft Preview
The Sporting News has a great early look at the 2010 draft and takes a shot at projecting the draft order. It’s way too early yet to be certain who might be available in a specific slot, however, it does give us all a look at some of the top players available so that we can become familiar with them.