Is there anything more exciting than the baseball free agency period? That was a retorical question. Of course there isn’t.
Let’s take a look at some of the recent signings and what they mean:
1. Gil Meche to the Royals. If Meche tries to explain his decision to sign with Kansas City as being motivated by anything other than money, he should be struck by lightning. He turned down the chance to play in great, historic baseball towns for (presumably) competative teams and make $40 million for the chance to play for the Royals and make an extra $5 million. On the brightside, I hear they’ve got really good bbq in Kansas City, and he’ll have plenty of time to play golf in October.
2. Freddy Garcia to the Phillies. This seems like a good deal for both sides. Phillies fans are no doubt stoked about this trade, because Garcia is a proven starter and the Phils didn’t even have to give up Aaron Rowand, who is beloved in Philly. But there’s a chance this could end up turning into a repeat of the Kevin Millwood trade and the “player to be named” the Phils sent to Chicago will turn into the next Cy Young.
3. Speaking of Gil Meche and the Phillies, let’s talk about the Blue Jays, who lost out on signing Meche and now might want to turn to the Phillies for starting pitching. The Phils are looking to move SP John Lieber and would love to get a big bat in return. The Blue Jays are looking to move Vernon Wells, no matter how often they deny it (they didn’t even put Wells on their promotional materials this year!). The Jays wouldn’t trade Wells for Lieber straight up, but Lieber and a prospect might do it. And Wells and Ryan Howard in the same lineup would be SCARY.