Meh. When the Celtics make a big trade I want to hear from Ainge, not Grousbeck. I get the reasons why this is different, but maybe that's all the more reason to lay low. The baseball guys run the show, they don't need his shadow hanging over every move.I don't hate Jeter, but this is a really bad look for him. For a lot of people, he's the face of the Miami Marlins franchise. Perception is that HE sent Stanton to the fucking Yankees of all places for a bag of beans. He should have to face the music on this. Hiding out in Miami or wherever he is, is not good optics.
What was the one thing that all reporters bent over backwards telling us about Derek Jeter when he was a player? They always lauded his accountability. He's not doing that here. I mean, if he had a ten-minute briefing in one of the hotel lobbies, 90% of the baseball press would be eating out his hand, writing puff pieces on how "This was a hard decision for the former captain, but he wants to put his stamp on the new franchise. And doing that means purging salary. Blah, blah, blah."
I mean, I know of one guy at the Boston Globe who would write that lede in five seconds (Wilber still might).
Sandy Alcantara (whose career Minor League ERA of nearly 4.00 the Marlins apparently craved), Magneuris Sierra (I mean I guess he could be an asset if his steals translate) and two minor leaguers according to St Louis Post Dispatch.Wow. Cannot wait to see that return.
It's certainly a step back offensively, but they're not going to lose any sleep from Shaw leaving. The loss of Santana is the worst news of the off-season for me, and hopefully this means they'll make a serious offer to Jay Bruce or one of the first baseman on the market who aren't just coming off a surprising career year. It sounded like Santana preferred to stay, but $20M per just wasn't something they were prepared to match. The writing was kind of on the wall last winter when they had to consider replacing at least one of Napoli and Santana over two off-seasons and responded by splurging on Encarnacion.Carlos Santana to the Phillies for 3/60.
Are the Indians taking a small step back? They've lost guys like Santana and Shaw already, I wonder who they have to step into those spots.