Now that the brouhaha over the new uniforms is over, and the news duds have officially been declared a dud, it’s time to get back to the real business of baseball as wunderkind Josh (no relation to Eric) Byrnes heads off to GM meetings where instant replay is on the agenda.
The Diamondbacks are admittedly looking for starting pitching but with the caveat of a $10 million dollar cap offer and the expressed desire not to extend a long term contract that is likely to come about via trade rather than free agency. This makes Arizona’s’ purported bid for Korean pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, as well as any other free agent pitcher not considered a health risk, even more puzzling – that is, unless there is something the Arizona front office hasn’t been telling us (like they found an extra five or ten million dollars in Jerry Colangelo’s empty sock drawer). It’s hard to imagine the D-backs would outbid teams like the Yankees, Mets or Red Sox (and there are rumours the Red Sox bid $31 million dollars just to TALK to the guy). Expect catcher Johnny Estrada to be dangled as trade bait as well as some of the plethora of young talent in the Diamondbacks’ minor league system.
The Diamondbacks have filled their last remaining coaching vacancy. Kirk Gibson has signed a two year contract to replace Jay Bell as bench coach. Gibson knows both how to win (with the Tigers in 1984 and the Dodgers in 1988) and how to lose (as the Tigers’ bench coach 2003-2005). His gritty determination will make him a great role model for all the young players on the big league roster, I think.
On a non-Diamondbacks related note: the Astros have signed Craig Biggio, who needs 70 more hits to reach 3,000, for another year. This allows me one more season to share one of my favorite blogs, Plunk Biggio, which follows Biggio’s quest to break the all time major league career record for getting hit by pitches. Honestly, there are so many numbers over there it will make your head swim, but the trivia is kinda cool!
Now, come on, boys! Let’s go get some pitching!