Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Starting pitcher M.C. O'Connor
So you've all had time to digest the news of Omar's impending arthroscopy. Time for some analysis. I was painfully unaware that we had an option year for 2009 with Mr. 43. I can live with "no-bat" for a guy with his glove, but a 2-year deal seems insane. Hell, even Barry Bonds was getting only one-year deals at the end. Same reason, eh? Knees, fer chrissakes. I'm not entirely sure of the '09 club-option details, but I think it is automatically triggered by certain performance criteria, like 140 GP or somesuch. OK, I'll say it. I hope he misses 23 games. It is impossible not to love Omar. But there should be no "automatics" with old guys. Now our New Kid on the Block gets to start the season at SS. Great. First, we tell him to compete for 2B, then we think we'll install him at 3B, then we look for Joe Crede, then we tell him to compete at 2B, then we tell him "keed, ya get ta staht, but only at shaht." I suppose with Boch it sounds more like "we all think yer a good hard-nosed kid and with Omar gimpy we think ya oughta take his spot." Talk about helping your young players be successful! The flip side, of course, is that KF gets to start the season playing every day. And we get to see what he's got.