I’m in the process of writing up a bunch of phony, snarky predictions for 2011 for the Rotoworld annual. It’s thus rather refreshing to read some actual predictions for 2011 that are backed by some genuine baseball thought. The thinker is Joe Sheehan, and some of his predictions are going to rile some of you:
- The Phillies will not be as dominant as you think;
- The Orioles will be a (sorta) contender;
- There will be tons of trades;
- No managers will be fired;
- Ticket prices will fall;
- There will be greater parity; and
- The Red Sox will win it all.
For the reasons — and I agree with more of them than I disagree with — you have to click the link. Good stuff.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.