One day after the introductory presser and the Joe Maddon merch is rolling out:
I can’t tell if those are re-purposed Harry Caray glasses or what. Probably doesn’t matter, as Maddon seems to be slowly morphing into Caray anyway.
There are going to be a lot more of these this evening, but we’re trying to keep you apprised of the more significant ones. Like this:
The Dodgers have extended a qualifying offer to shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 3, 2014
Ramirez looks to be one of the more interesting free agents on the market. He hits when he’s healthy. Indeed, he hits better than almost every shortstop in baseball when he’s healthy. Except (a) he’s not healthy that often; and (b) he may not be a viable shortstop anymore. Or at least for much longer given his defensive trends.
Some team, perhaps the Yankees, could be in interesting fit for him, with him starting out as a shortstop and then transitioning to third over time. The bat may be worth it. Whether the first round pick attached to him would be worth it is another question altogether.
As expected, the Braves have extended a qualifying offer to starter Ervin Santana.
Earlier today Santana’s agent told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Santana would consider accepting the offer. That could’ve been bluster to scare the Braves off from doing so, but if it was a bluff, it has been called.
Then again, Santana rode this railroad last year and ended up not latching on anywhere until March due to the draft pick compensation tied to him by virtue of the Royals giving him a qualifying offer. It’s possible he wants to avoid that fate again.
Santana finished the season with a 3.95 ERA and a 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 innings.
Joe Maddon’s introductory presser was fun. Maddon seems to be powered by energy, enthusiasm and approximately ten cases of Red Bull as he talks about his philosophy and optimism for the job. Among the notable points:
There was certainly a lot of enthusiasm on Maddon’s part. And no small amount of enthusiasm from the press corps, who generally speaking, seem happy Maddon is around. Maybe they like that he’s a good quote. Maybe, even if professional ethics won’t allow them to admit it, they think he’ll make the Cubs a winner and that it’s more fun to cover a winner. I dunno.
But it’s certainly a new era in Chicago.
CSNChicago.com will have live, streaming coverage of the presser. Meet the Cubs’ new $25 million man. And try to think if there’s a been a guy so set up to be a legend as Maddon is right now. Taking over a team that has been bad for years yet is stocked with talent. He could flop, sure, but he could also become a guy who never has to buy his own drinks in Chicago again.