December 07, 2007
Blue Jays Offseason
So far Blue Jays off-season has been full of a lot of noise without much actual activity. All Ricciardi did at the winter meetings was acquire a couple of minor leaguers. However there has been no shortage of rumors. The biggest claims that the Jays are currently in negotiations with the Giants to acquire right handed pitching prospect Tim Lincecum for Alex Rios. I know the first rule of baseball, you can never have enough pitching but I just do not see this trade helping the Jays. Last year the pitching staff blossomed to the point that we now have 4 very quality starting pitchers when healthy – Mcgowan, Halladay, Burnett and Marcum. This is in stark contrast to our lineup which was downright awful for most of last year. Rios was the only bright spot. Unless we acquire another bat or two a lineup without Rios is a scary thought.
The other rumors are that the Jays are in talks with Paul Lo Duca, the former all star catcher for the Mets, and are looking to sign him to a one year deal. Lo Duca is not what he once was but this would still be a great pickup. Greg Zaun is well past his prime now; his defense is flat out embarrassing and his bat has lost a lot of the pop it once had. Ricciardi is also looking at Matt Clement who did not play last year because of injuries. Clement was always a decent pitcher and if Ricciardi could get him on a short term deal for a low price he would be well worth the money. Adding a quality arm for that 5th spot in the rotation would make this pitching staff elite and the Jays a serious contender in the AL.
December 04, 2007
The John Ferguson situation
There has been a big outcry in Toronto over the past few days because of Richard Peddie’s (CEO of Maple Leaf Sports who own the Leafs and Raptors) comments admitting that he made a mistake hiring the inexperienced John Ferguson several years ago.
These comments and this entire situation is idiotic on so many levels. First of all if this was such a mistake and Mr. Peddie is now willing to admit this then why is Ferguson still employed as the Leafs GM? The reason given is that it is the middle of the season, but then one has to question the timing of Peddie’s comments. Is Peddie trying to light a spark under Ferguson? And if so what is Ferguson going to do now? He has his team for the year; it is unlikely the Leafs will be able to make a significant deal at the deadline. At this point criticizing Ferguson does nothing more then distract the Leafs.
Secondly, why did it take so long for Peddie to notice the Ferguson was a brutal GM. Were several seasons of mediocrity in which we traded away our entire future for washed up veterans not enough? Were the first round exits every year in the playoffs not enough?
The fact is Peddie did make a mistake hiring Ferguson, a mistake that has cost the Leafs dearly, but why he decided to let everyone know now is beyond me.