Keith Olbermann, you may or may not know, has some strong opinions from time to time. His opinion on Barry Bonds showing up to Giants camp as a guest hitting instructor has inspired one. Check out his rant below.
Olbermann obviously feels strongly about Bonds, as is his right. But I feel like he vastly overestimates how many people agree with his opinion. Or, if they’re generally on board with the notion that Bonds is no good, he overestimates the intensity with which most people feel it. Basically, take all of his categorical assertions about what Bonds did and the conclusions one should draw about him and add an “in my personal opinion” to them for this to be anything other than a baseless rant.
Olbermann is way too smart to not appreciate that Bonds was, PEDs or no, a great player. Or that, no matter what he feels about Bonds, many people enjoyed watching him play and still think of his playing exploits fondly, even if one (a) doesn’t care for the guy personally; and (b) acknowledges that he used PEDs. When he offers blanket accusations that Bonds ruined baseball, that no one likes him and that his performance was totally and utterly fraudulent, he’s being ridiculous and he should know better.
This sort of thing adds nothing to the conversation and it says way more about Olbermann than it says about Bonds.
The Red Sox continue to move on Tuesday. After acquiring Tyler Thornburg and Chris Sale earlier, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have now agreed to a one-year deal with 1B/DH Mitch Moreland. The value of the deal is not yet known.
Moreland, 31, had a career year in 2015 but his numbers slipped quite a bit this past season. He finished with a .233/.298/.422 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 503 plate appearances.
The Red Sox haven’t confirmed, but it would make sense if Moreland took over at first base and Hanley Ramirez moved to DH.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles made a four-year contract offer to slugger Mark Trumbo several weeks ago, but it’s now off the table. As a result, Heyman notes that the Orioles have called on Chris Carter, who was recently non-tendered by the Brewers.
Trumbo, 30, is coming off of a terrific offensive season. He led the majors with 47 home runs while knocking in 108 runs and hitting .256/.316/.533. The O’s, however, may balk at Trumbo’s asking price considering he was still only worth 1.6 Wins Above Replacement in 2016, according to Baseball Reference. That’s because his power is really his only above-average attribute and he cuts into his value by playing abysmal defense.
Carter, soon 30 years old himself, is similar to Trumbo in a lot of ways. He hit .222/.321/.499 with 41 home runs and 94 RBI in 644 plate appearances this past season. The O’s may feel they can come close to replacing Trumbo’s bat at a much cheaper price with Carter.