Signing off for a while

The Winter Meetings have just about wrapped up. The media workroom is less than half full, the lobby is empty and all the teams are long gone. A few thoughts before I take a little bit of vacation.

* I like the Penny signing, for the most part. I believe he’ll be successful this year for a variety of reasons, mostly that his stuff and ability should play pretty well at Busch Stadium and in the NL Central. It seems like a bit of a steep base salary, but not ridiculously so, and someone smarter than me once said that there are no bad one-year contracts. I don’t entirely agree with that, but there’s a lot of sense to it. You just can’t get hurt that badly with a one-year deal.
* The Holliday situation remains difficult to get a read on. Just from talking to people, listening, getting the lay of the land, there just doesn’t seem to be that much of a market for him right now. And yet, I’m not at all sure that benefits the Cardinals. If there’s no market right now, it’s likely as not that the Boras Corp. will remain patient rather than leaping at an offer that falls short of their goals.
* ‘Plan B’ seems to be this winter’s catch phrase for the Cardinals’ hot stove. As for what Plan B actually looks like, I think it’s still pretty fluid. My read is they’re not targeting a specific shape for how things go. It’s not like they’re saying, “We’re going to spend $10 million on a third baseman, $6 million on another starter and $4 million on the bench and bullpen.”
Instead, it’ll be case-by-case, as they did with Penny. If a DeRosa deal that makes sense can be reached, they’ll do it. Then they’ll look at what fits beyond that. If the next move that makes sense is a starting pitcher, they’ll do that, then analyze what the rest of the moves look like.
There’s definitely a lot in play, a lot of moving parts here.
And with that, I head out. Will catch up with all of you again after New Year’s. I’ll probably tweet a little (@MatthewHLeach) but you won’t see me here at the blog. News will be handled by my capable colleagues at MLB.com. And I expect there will be news.
Happiest of holidays to everybody. Thanks so much for reading, commenting, tweeting, emailing, and everything else all year. It’s been a fun year. The last playlist of ’09 is five of my favorite Christmas songs…
The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”
Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Run-D.M.C., “Christmas In Hollis”
Keith Richards, “Run Run Rudolph”
-M.

7 Comments

good riddance, come back when you get thru golfing. news is a day late. where were you yesterday. hope your capable MLB.COM colleagues are better than you are.

The other 99.9999% of us, I think would say with me: Thanks for everything, Matthew, it’s been a great year. Relax and enjoy the holidays while we wait for the rites of spring.

Slide, I understand that you are irritated (not that I agree with your opinion just understand that you have it). However, the rest of us on here dont want to hear about your negative thoughts. This could be some what of an escape for a lot of us for 5 minutes. Whether it be from work or from the disgustingness of what this world has become, we hear enough negativity in those areas of our life. Please either have constructive critisism or constructive thoughts, and present them in an intellectual manor, or don’t say anything. I am sure you have watched the original Bambi right…? Don’t forget that lesson that even little kids understand. I appreciate your understanding in this issue. As for you Dude, have a great vacation. Looking forward to hearing from you after the new year. Hopefully you get to write about what an asset Holliday is going to be for us when you get back.

it was a constructive comment shifter3. i even got a response, from matt on the other thread. your opinion means as much as mine, especially on a thread, zilch. just trying to get matt to put something on here to get us really talking, you know, do more homework, inside scoop, breaking news, etc… help us all a little. if everybody was patted on the back and told, ‘good job, keep it up’, they could think ”i’m doing good, why should i try harder”. some people need to be criticized, to put forth the extra effort needed to put out the best work possible. i just think matt could do better. seems like he just reads what everybody else writes, and then writes his own story.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

I’ve had enough, I say we drop our offer for the Boras client and trade for Adam Dunn. He strikes out a bunch, but he hits a ton of home runs, he’s cheap, and he drives in runs by the truck load. Trade for him and sign Smoltz for the bullpen.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Dude!

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