6/11 News and such

A few things that slipped through the cracks that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

  • Steve Trachsel…  DFA’ed. The only surprise here is that it didn’t happened earlier. Anyway, Trachsel was fairly decent for the team last season. This season he was horrible. He’s 37 and he’s out of gas. Oscar Salzaar was recalled from Norfolk to take Trachsel’s spot. Salzaar was added because of upcoming interleague matchups at NL parks and because the bench is not very good.
  • Ex-Oriole Jay Gibbons wrote a letter and sent it to every team expressing his interest to play. He said that if a team was to sign him to a minor league contract, he’d donate all the money from the contract to a charity of the team’s choice. The article ponders whether the reason Gibbons and fellow Mitchell Report mates Barry Bonds and Nook Logan are without contracts is because of collusion to blackball known steroid users. I call bunk on that. No matter how noble or sincere Gibbons may seem, the fact is he’s 31 and not very good. Nook Logan? He’s not that great either. I can see the smoky backroom at the MLB compound.

          Bud Selig is sitting at the head of table in a dark room. He’s got a cat in his lap and he’s chewing

on a cigar. Seated at the rest of the table are the owners of all the MLB teams. A painting of CC Sabathia in a Red Sox uniform is behind him.

“Gentlemen” Bud says in a raspy tone “We have some matters that need addressing. Nook Logan is a free agent. Nook was named in the Mitchell Report. He has known ties to Kirk Radomski. We can not under any circumstances have this PED user…this cheater…this Nook playing in any league of organized baseball. Is that understood?”

Washington Nationals owner Ted Lerner raises his hand.

“What is it, Teddie?”

“If you haven’t noticed, we like outfielders with problems. Elijah Dukes, Lasting Milledge, and Dimtri Young. He’s a first baseman, not an outfielder..but that’s beside the point..”

“Get to THE point, Teddie.” Selig growls.

“We have had Nook in the past and in 2007 his .304 OBP wasn’t that bad. We like players like Nook and Jim Bowden pleaded with me to get me to beg you for permission to sign Nook to a multiyear deal. Jim says he’ll pay you dearly for it.”

Selig slams his hand against the table. The cat jumps off his lap and hides under the table and lays on a mysterious Mark Teixiera Yankee jersey.

“You tell Jim he has nothing left to pay me with. He pays me to be the GM of the Nats. I swept his lady troubles under the rug. I will not permit him under any circumstance to sign Nook Logan. If any team goes behind my back and sign him. If one does, I will contract your team on the spot. Is that understood?”

All the owners say in unison “Yes, Mr. Selig.”

“Now that that is out of the way, let’s move on to Jay Gibbons.”

If you didn’t get the sarcasm, I don’t believe that there’s collusion against Nook Logan or Jay Gibbons.

  • The Mets have a split interest in Kevin Millar. Granted its Jon Heyman saying it, so take it for what its worth. The whole ‘he’s a scab’ thing is something I haven’t heard in a long time. If true thats pretty lame. The Mets will trade for a 40 year old Jeff Conine, sign a 685848 year old Julio Franco, sign 42? year old Moises Alou but grumble about Millar because he was a replacement player? The Met’s tendancy for getting older players is a little alarming, but would make sense for pursuing Millar.
  • There was a ruling on the MASN/Time Warner fight yesterday. Sounds like good news.
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