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October 29, 2005

Hunt For Everyday Eddie

From the Boston Herald:

Left-handed reliever Eddie Guardado, one of the Red Sox’ backup choices two offseasons ago had they not been able to sign Keith Foulke away from Oakland, can be added to the list of free agent closers - a list that also includes B.J. Ryan and Billy Wagner - that the Red Sox are expected to peruse.

The Mariners are not going to pick up the 2006 option worth $6.25 million on Guardado but have not yet officially declined to do so. As part of his complicated deal, once the Mariners decline the option, Guardado can then test free agency before deciding whether or not he will exercise his option, which is now worth $4.5 million plus incentives.

Guardado and David Ortiz, both former Twins, are friends and the lefty is interested in the Red Sox. The Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres are also expected to be suitors of Guardado.

The Yankees have to be players on this chase - even if it's just to run up the price for the Red Sox. Guardado is not a great pitcher - but, he's been good and steady for the last decade. Cashman and company cannot let the Sox get him as a gimmie.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 29, 2005 10:17 PM

Comments

Couldn't hurt, but with all the arms out there I wouldn't pay too much attention to "Everyday Eddie."

Personally I'd see what Myers would cost. Maybe see if Leiter would like to be a loogy. Give Buddy Groom another shot?

If Gordon is serious about leaving, I'd look to see what Urbina or Farnsworth would be willing to sign.

Check in house to see who can contribute.

Maybe scour the Rule V's list. Wait a while and see who gets nontendered.

Bullpen arms are a dime a dozen

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2005 09:29 AM

Urbina? The Mondesi of the mound? Please.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2005 10:43 AM

Urbina? The Mondesi of the mound? Please.

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Another character argument....

Stolen from Netshrine (love what you've done to the site, btw).

This post, courtesy of Lee and edited by me

"Let's not even get into the "character" of those 1970s Yankees teams. That was as bad a set of characters you could find in a clubhouse, which followed another bad set of characters in the Oakland clubhouses where (Catfish) Hunter pitched. So, if Hunter stands for anything "character-wise", it's for the fact that character is meaningless when it comes to winning baseball games.

It was just as meaningless to the 1970s A's and 1970s Yankees as it was the pure myth of the 1990s Yankees being good characters, when that clubhouse was filled with the likes of David "Masturbating" Cone, Chuck "Cancer in the Clubhouse" Knoblauch, Paul "5 Year Olds Are More Mature" O'Neill, David "Too Many Things To Say About Him" Wells, Roger "Most Hated Man In NY" Clemens, Jeff Nelson, Karim Garcia, Darryl "Cocaine" Strawberry, Dwight "Cocaine" Gooden and the rest of those bad characters that the NY media wants to falsely claim are a bunch of good guys. And how appropriate it was that the statutory rape crowd was adequately represented by Luis Polonia's presence on the 2000 WS Champions.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2005 01:49 PM