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How The Dominoes Will Fall

Posted on: December 3, 2008 2:03 pm
 
Baseball free agency has started with a snore. Despite the huge offering to CC Sabathia by the Yankees, nothing has happened yet. Everyone appears to be waiting to see where CC lands before doing any other business. However, when CC signs, expect desperation to set in and money to start flying (probably at the Winter Meetings).

CC has to sign first as he will set the value of all other free agents. CC wants to play in California and wants to bat, so expect him to sign with the LA Dodgers. Of course, that does assume that the Dodgers get somewhat close to the Yankees in at least number of years (6). When CC lands in LA, the Dodgers won't be able to afford Manny anymore, so Manny lands in Anaheim where he can still live more anonymously and play DH once in a while. That would be a potent duo with Vlad and Manny back to back (just like Big Papi and Manny before). Now Mark Teixiera is on the move and he wants East Coast and lands in Boston (truck load of money to outbid the Yankees).

The Yankees now have to ramp up there spending to get back into relevancy and sign AJ Burnett, Derek Lowe, and Adam Dunn. The Mets can't stand pat, so they spend on Bobby Abreu, Ben Sheets, and Francisco Rodriguez. Needless to say, the New York teams are still trying to buy their way into the playoffs. Once the big teams are done, everyone else will be rushing to sign what's left to fill holes.

The Red Sox will most likely finish their business trading some of their prospects for a catcher and maybe another starting pitcher.

Let's here some other Domino scenarios before the fun begins.
Comments

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2008 5:16 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

So much for dominoes. The Yankees are the only team that wants to play. Sabathia, Burnett, and Teixiera for a mere 420 million. Can Manny end up in New York too?



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 8:07 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

Big bats are still out there and slow to sign. Ibanez to the Phillies bumps Pat Burrell out of Philly. Yankees have cornered the pitching market for a quarter billion dollars. Will Teixiera really sign before Christmas or will Scott Boras make everybody including his own client sweat.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2008 1:32 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

No dominoes so far. New York teams the only ones going after significant free agents. New York money is winning.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 3:30 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

The Yankees get their man (#1). How many more will they buy with all that Yankee money? The dominoes start on the east coast instead of the west because no one is willing to go 7 years on a pitcher. History says a very bad deal - remember Kevin Brown and Barry Zito. Admittedly, Sabathia is younger and a better pitcher than either of those, so we'll have to see what happens. West Coast money is still burning holes in pockets and Mark Teixiera looks like he wants to be in east. There's plenty of money for that to happen somewhere.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2008 7:42 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

Well the first domino has fallen. Mets fill their biggest need with K Rod. Not a big surprise, but that one was right. Doesn't seem that closers really needed to wait for the starting pitchers or hitters. Kerry Wood is following close behind. Anyone who needs a closer better act quick.



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 9:39 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

If Paul Byrd accepts arbitration, Red Sox may not be able to go for another pitcher.

Maybe Derek Lowe doesn't want to be a Yankee (unlike Damon). I'd rather see Lowe with Mets.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 5:49 pm
 

How The Dominoes Will Fall

I think you're going to see your first dominoes start to fall during the winter meetings next week.

I agree that some prospects might go for a catch...but not so much a starting pitcher. They already have a solid front four (Beckett, Lester, Matsuzaka, and Wakefield) and the 5th spot is going to come from within the organization (Buchholz or Bowden) or through a free agent signing (Jennings or Lieber).

Let's just hope that the only free agent pitcher the Yanks sign is Derek Lowe...I would love that.



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