By: Holly Horning & Kurt Snyder
This week’s QC&C really gives readers a lot of bang for their buck.
Good job to our writers who really tapped into several subjects that have surely crossed the minds of our readers. If you like a broad scope, this edition is for you.
In an interview Thursday, Billy Ripken (brother of Cal) recounted a story of watching his brother play. Cal told him not to watch him, but to watch his counterpart, Alan Trammell. Cal told Billy that Tram was the best and the duo of Trammell and Whitaker would never be duplicated again in baseball history. With so much support for them by guys already in the Hall, how can anyone justify their absence?
In free agent signings this off-season, is it any surprise that the Red Sox have spent more than any other team? Almost $200 million on just 2 players and both considered to be significant overpays by Dave Dombrowski. The Tigers, on the other hand, added 3 players for $70 million. How times have changed.
Multiple sources reporting the Tigers are interested in outfielders like Ryan Raburn and several of the Colorado Rockies ignores the bigger story. And that is, despite what Al Avila says, he feels the outfield for the Tigers is one of their biggest weaknesses that still needs to be addressed.
I have learned over the years not to overreact to rumors in the press. The report recently about the Tigers being interested in Chris Davis was laughable, as if the Tigers would be interested in an overpriced, hard to please, glutton for money, like Davis. I can’t believe the Orioles haven’t told him to take a long walk off a short pier.
Keep in mind, given I try not to overreact to rumors when I ask: Are we really comparing the deal Cespedes is “rumored” to be offered, a long-term deal, from Baltimore, to a “rumored” 1 year deal with the Mets? Yeah, I am sure Cespedes is really perplexed. Another reason to go read something else.
We have applauded Al Avila for the deals he has made while still preserving the bulk of the pitching prospects acquired at last season’s trade deadline. It has to be very tempting for Al not to tap into that group just a bit for an impactful outfielder dangled in front of him.
He must constantly fight with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, with the devil more than likely screaming “Go for it Al! Just go for it!”