Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Olney: Teixeira, Yanks Agree On $170M/8-Year Deal
Also via Jon Heyman at Sports Illustrated.
KC is gone so a novice defensively and offensively at first. Second I'm ok with, third and short is going to be a platoon of Izturis, Aybar, Wood, Figgy - all okay but the only potential offensive star is still not ready to hit 20+HR let alone bat above .250.
Nap I love and could be the one genuine improvement. Outfield will either degrade (GMJ, Vlad, Hunter) be average (Rivera) or anonymous (Reggie).
Our bullpen is weaker whichever way you look at it. I was never a massive fan of KRod but we lose a setup guy at least to the closer role.
Our rotation *might* be improved should Escobar come back fit and better than ever but we have little choice since the cream of the free agent crop has gone to the Yankees and any trade for Peavy will cost probably two starters or one and our only decent prospect which isn't much of a net gain on an already decent 5.
IF's in the offense, IF's in the defence, IF's in the bullpen. Even IF they all come off AND they stay healthy (which, let's face it, never happens to us) we're still weaker than last year unless Santana, Saunders and Weaver all turn dominant at the same time, for the whole season.
Even then we will still have to overcome our own demons against the Red Sox and then the freekin' Yankees.
Okay, okay it's not that bad. Good manager, good youth, crap teams in our division.
2009 is there for the Angels to take. This team needs to have a year to test out its prospects, why not now? The playoffs aren't going to be impossible to reach, even with the kids. Once we get there, well, who knows.