We’ve heard the drums beating on Dan Duquette — baseball’s 17th greatest GM of all time, if the rumors are to be believed — leaving the Orioles to become the Blue Jays’ new CEO. It seems that business is gaining steam. And that the teams are talking compensation now:
Hoffman is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but was still a first round selection despite everyone knowing he needed it. That’s what happens when you’re 6’4″ with mid-90s velocity and, according to scouts, you possess two plus offspeed pitches and above-average control. Before being shut down, he posted a 2.94 ERA and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings at East Carolina.
Is an executive worth that? Guess we’ll soon find out.
Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.
Dan Duquette had a ton of success in Montreal and Boston. Then he was out of the game for a decade. Then he was hired by the Orioles and everyone made fun of his selection. And, since then, he’s had a ton of success. It’s almost like someone doesn’t forget how to build a winner overnight. And that our reactions to most hires are pretty worthless.
Duquette’s next stop may very well be Toronto. Today, however, Mark and Dan look at his previous three stops and remind us that he made some pretty incredible deals over the years and developed an awful lot of talent.
Not a surprise, of course:
Sorry, Expos dead-enders.
You’ll recall that Randy Johnson picked the Dbacks for his cap last week. Which makes sense. For my rationale on this year’s cap choices, go here.
James Shields still roams the earth as free agent. It’s unclear who, if anyone, is a frontrunner for his services, but Ken Rosenthal reports the Padres are on the “periphery” of the James Shields sweepstakes, though he adds that they are ultimately “unlikely to land him.”
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported last week that Shields wants a five-year contract worth around $125 million. He’s likely not going to get that. Below that figure a lot of teams could sneak into the discussion, be it San Diego, Miami or your not-so-usual big free agent suspects.
All Mets fans, on some level, are dead inside. But, eventually, all Mets fans will be literally dead. In that case, they clearly need this:
That does seem an awful lot of money for a jar. Maybe it’d be better to channel your inner Fred Wilpon and go cheap?
Yeah, I think I’d go with the latter.
(thanks to reader Pete Mitchell for the heads up)