Real live baseball news! I would do a happy dance, except I don’t really dance aside from That One Time At That One Concert, but for good reason, that stays in Vegas. (I mean that in the non-literal sense. After reading the Percy Jackson book where they go to the Lotus Casino, I am way too scared to ever go to Vegas. )
My fears are grounded in reality(ish).
In Giants baseball news, they’ve all but finalized a deal with everyone’s favorite freak-injury-prone lefty, Jeremy Affeldt. The deal would keep him in San Francisco for three years at about $18 million. Affeldt is 33 – and did I mention freak injury prone – so the first reaction is, That’s a lot of years and That’s a lot of money. At the same time, it’s not. He’s very durable, in terms of his pitching arm and aside from his children, and a core part of the bullpen. In some ways, it’s a gamble and in some ways, it’s not. It’s significant money, no two ways about it, but I think relievers are often unvalued, with the exception of closers on occasion, and I don’t think this is a bad place to put some money. I see Affeldt and Romo as the relief pitchers to lose, so I think it makes sense all around. I do wonder what the payroll situation will be following another championship win and if it increases, this would certainly make that much more sense.
In non-Giants news… the Marlins kind of spontaneously combusted. And I know you’re thinking, didn’t they do that a long time ago? Which wouldn’t be wrong. There are so many points in the past season alone that could be described that way. The Marlins necessitate my favorite train wreck photo over and over and over again.
Ahem. Anyway. No, they didn’t spontaneously combust like any of the times before. They just sort of unloaded the better part – not as in better, more as in, most – of their roster on the unsuspecting Blue Jays and left us all scratching our heads even more than when their nightclub in right field was so loud the bullpen couldn’t hear their phone.
(Question: Do they call it a nightclub during day games?)
Nah. Not scratching our heads as much as that, actually. They got rid of some sizeable contracts and promised to hide their embarrassed faces for a while, while they plot new ways to overpay players and hire managers who have bad news written all over them. Should be a good time!
p.s. Oh! Is LeBron James a free agent? He already lives in Miami and everything. Get on the phone, Jeffrey Loria.