In this episode of My Offseason Was a Failure, Jon Daniels has said that while he did not mean to throw Josh Hamilton under the bus by saying he hated him, this offseason has been sort of lousy. “Disappointing,” was the word he used, I think, but sort of lousy works too. In Jon Daniels We Still trust, though, so I’m just hoping they can figure out how to make it a bit less lousy, because there are all sorts of great people still on the market and the team’s already pretty rad. Things will be fine.
In other (old) news, Eugenio Velez signed with the Blue Jays, which keeps them solidly in the spot of the smartest big spenders this offseason. I like these Blue Jays, I like them a lot. The AL East just got a lot more interesting – even more interesting than the Orioles totally being good, which was pretty interesting to begin with.
Trivia, y’all: Eugenio Velez started his career in Toronto back in 2001 but they weren’t that into him and the Giants claimed him in the Rule 5 draft a few years later.
Apparently they’re into him again, now? Let’s Get Back… Together, as the Giants slogan said.
The A’s are making moves because while all the other ordinary teams made moves at the Winter Meetings the A’s donotliketheWinterMeetingsatall. So they signed Hiroyuki Nakajima who said, in one of the best presser openings ever, that we could just call him Hiro. Other hilarious thing about this press conference was Billy Beane’s repeated emphasis on the fact that they were in on this and serious about this even though the media was not covering it Billy Beane was, like, a hipster before there were hipsters. He is also sexy and cool. Goes without saying.
In Giants news, Tim Lincecum may have cut his hair. Except I don’t think that guy looks like Tim Lincecum at all. Also, no one was this interested when I cut my hair.