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Weekend Update: Sosa and Palmeiro Out, Matsui Deadline Nears…
Sunday, November 13, 2005
First of all, that title is likely copyrighted. However, since I probably have fewer than, say, twenty readers, the odds of someone caring are slim. So use it I shall!

It’s been a fabulous long weekend (Veteran’s Day…a holiday only cared about by people whose bosses give the office a day off), and there’s much to talk about before the week begins. From the top!

- Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro will not be seeing the inside of the Orioles’ clubhouse in 2006. Sosa and Palmeiro worked themselves into two of the biggest jokes in the MLB last year, Sosa through his amazingly rapid decline and Raffy via a steroid scandal and suspension. Enough is apparently enough for the Orioles, who have cut the two loose. VP Mike Flanagan summed it up for the Baltimore Sun: "at this point, we are heading in a different direction."

- The Matsui resigning deadline is FAST approaching - - Tuesday, in fact. Talks appear to be going well between Cashman and Matsui’s agent Arn Tellem, though, and a four-year deal valued around $50 million is rumored to be the offer. I’m staying optimistic about this one; barring any major snags Matsui should be in pinstripes for the next several years.

- The fates of big namers Trevor Hoffman, Bengie Molina and Javier Vazquez are all still up in the air at this point. As I mentioned last week, Trevor is not pleased with any offer the Padres could potential extend as he feels he is worth much more than what they can afford (despite his age, he is probably right). He apparently walked out on a meeting with the Padres, so I’d say his list of potential homes for 2006 definitely does not include San Diego. As for Molina, the Angels have declared that they will not be pursuing him, much to the delight of the 3240832408 teams in the league that need catchers. And down in Arizona, former Yank Javy will not be putting on the “sexy” purple and black next year – he is looking to join a team on the east coast to be closer to his Puerto Rico home.

- As is to be expected, Roger Clemens filed for free agency while also saying that he hasn’t decided if he’ll be pitching in 2006. Last season he showed us some of his best stuff of his career, so it is unlikely that he’ll retire after that performance. Also, don’t forget about Koby Clemens, Rocket’s catching son. I doubt that Roger will quit before he gets to pitch to his son in at least one major league game.

As the off season progresses, the controversy that ensues should be legendary. I anticipate an unusually high number of big trades due to the lackluster free agent market; I’m just hoping that the Yankees don’t put themselves on the “sucker” end of the deals…


posted by Yankees Chick @ Sunday, November 13, 2005  
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