Daily Scoop (cont.)
Around the Majors
The Dodgers appear to have effectively used the availability of Cabrera to keep the price down on Hudson, who was seeking $40-to-50 million when the winter began and could have signed back with Arizona for $24 million over three years before the winter. Anyway, good job by L.A. there to get a very good player for very little guaranteed money.
Exactly what makes Brian Roberts worth 10 times what Hudson got? Roberts is a nice player who apparently suffered no demerits for making the Mitchell Report.
When Boras and the Braves agreed on a $2.5 million deal for Garret Anderson, word is Boras told Braves GM Frank Wren, "You got a good deal there.'' And Wren had to agree. Earlier, Boras did well to get $60 million from the Braves for Derek Lowe, who became a necessity for them after they struck out on Jake Peavy and suffered a PR hit on John Smoltz. The market for corner outfielders has been very tough, though. Plus, Anderson, with 3,000 hits as an outside goal, wasn't up for sitting out.
Seattle always made sense for Ken Griffey Jr. from the marketing standpoint. This deal was driven more by club president Chuck Armstrong, a Griffey lover, than the baseball people. Griffey may bounce back after knee surgery, but in terms of what they have left, Anderson may actually produce more. In any case, Seattle seems to be thrilled
Vernon Wells seemingly started breaking down from the moment he signed his $126 million deal. His spring loss to a hammy is a big blow the Blue Jays can ill afford. They didn't look like a contender, anyway. But now they look more and more like a candidate to start trading off some key pieces. Roy Halladay could make a great summer pickup for someone
Manager Jerry Manuel makes things fun around Mets camp with his good nature and unbridled honesty. With his usual candor, Manuel gave a wringing endorsement to Dan Murphy as his left fielder but seemed slightly less certain that Ryan Church would man every game in right field.
On second thought, Alex Rodriguez probably should have quit while he was ahead. Giving up some details -- but not others -- didn't play well at his press conference. Providing only the admission and apology probably would have worked better. Because he's only opened the door to more coverage by providing some of the gory details.
Less talk worked better for A-Rod this week. The original Daily News story about his connection with Dominican trainer Angel Presinal, who's been banned from major league clubhouses, cast more aspersions on Rodriguez. But then, after nearly every Dominican star, plus several Puerto Rican ones, admitted to working with Presinal while A-Rod said nothing, the connection didn't look nearly as nefarious.
Word is, A-Rod's date with MLB bigs already has been set up. The exact time and place is a closely guarded secret for now, though.