Siberian Baseball

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Would I like more money? Well, sure!

As baseball ramps up this week - last to report, way to be, Twins - the stories coming from the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues will fall into a few categories.

It's spring, there are rusty cobwebs to clear and let's face it, there's not a lot going on in a saturated media market.

* Injured player is doing well, but not pushing it - Kerry Wood and Eric Gagne
* Injured player is still injured - Pedro Martinez
* Old veteran is trying one last time - Javy Lopez
* Old veteran is being told by the market to hang up the spikes - Bernie Williams
* New addition is making a big splash - Barry Zito, Alfonso Soriano
* Next year's free agent class is testing the water - Ichiro Suzuki, Carlos Zambrano

Is it worth noting who'll be on the open market next year? Hell yes, especially if you're in one or more fantasy leagues.

Is it interesting to see what types of deals are struck to patch contracts through for 2007? Sure is, if for no other reason than to see who has a fat wallet they're willing to open to try to make a run this year or next.

Should anyone read too much into Ichiro or Zambrano clearing their throats for the media to let management know they're serious? Not as much as they should try to gauge the reaction from the front office.

What can I say? Slow news on the Spring Training front makes for slow news for bloggers.

Why don't you all swing by in a week or so when Barry Bonds has wasted away to 105 pounds.

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