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Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Blogosphere Reactions

With a few notable free agent signings on Tuesday, I thought I would clip a few notes from other bloggers to grab some other fans' reactions.

The Nationals made the biggest splash of the day, signing Christian Guzman and Vinny Castilla.

John at Washington Baseball writes on Castilla,
"...But, I do like people who know how to walk. So if it was a choice between of signing either one of those guys at 2 years and $6M, then I would have taken Castilla. If we need RFK to be a hitters park for Castilla to pay off, maybe they'll move the fences ;-)

"Ick. I'll cross my fingers."
And of losing multiple draft picks,
"...By the way, we lose three draft picks (Castilla is a Type A free agent, Guzman a type B).

Meanwhile, SuperNoVa over at The Nats Blog chooses to pull a Monty Python, and look on the bright side,
"...What's more, the salaries of Castilla/Guzman ($3.1 and $4.2 million) are $200k less than last years' salaries for Orlando Cabrera and Tony Batista ($6 and $1.5 million).

"So Bowden picked up at least .004 in team OBP and perhaps .002 in team SLG while saving $200k over last year! This should at least translate into .05 additional victories this year.

"Baby steps, Nats fans. Baby steps."
Aaron Gleeman isn't as kind over at The Hardball Times,
"The whole thing reads like a really cruel joke played on the new baseball fans in Washington: I have good news and bad news. The good news is that you now have a major-league baseball team to root for. The bad news is that your brand new GM just made his big splash by signing Guzman and Castilla as the left side of his infield. (Okay, so I can see where that might be more sad than funny for a lot of people, but I've been laughing since I first read about it last night.)"
There was similar pessimism over the Cory Lidle signing by the Phillies. Mike, of Mike's Baseball Rants writes,
"The Phils guaranteed themselves another 86-win season by signing Cory Lidle to a two-year contract today.

"Lidle, ever the second-half pitcher, fooled the Phils with 5-2 record and 3.90 ERA in the ten starts after he was acquired last season."
Fans in Philly and DC don't have a monopoly on questioning their respective GM's decisions. In San Francisco Jon of Only Baseball Matters questions the need for Omar Vizquel,
"...After the disastrous Neifi Perez deal, Sabean decided that two years for a washed up shortstop wasn't enough. No, he wanted to make sure that the team was hamstrung for an extra year with this next deal.

"Seriously, what the hell is going on with Sabean? Why would Deivi Cruz be unable to handle 130 or so games at short?"
I'm sure there's sox fans out there who are disappointed by missing out on both Vizquel and Guzman. But it could be worse; we could be paying exorbitant sums of money to suck, something we can do without even having to spend a dime. So at least we've got that going for us. Which is nice.