Posted at 9:02 AM on November 8, 2007
by Bob Collins
Baseball's GM winter meetings have begun in Florida and so the Hot Stove League is ablaze. It's a great time of year for dreaming.
Being a Cleveland Indians fan, I know all there is to know about Coco Crisp. I like Coco Crisp fine. But Coco Crisp is as good as Coco Crisp is ever going to get... and that's not very good. And my head is going to explode if I hear more talk about the Twins getting Coco Crisp to replace Torii Hunter.
Minnesota Twins, what part of "your team is boring" don't you get?
In Boston today, they're all atwitter about dumping Crisp because apparently his name is being mentioned -- if only by some ink-stained wretches -- in a trade involving Johan Santana.
At the Boston Globe and NESN (New England Sports Network) today, Bob Ryan and Jackie McMullen discuss a scenario in which Santana goes to Boston for young pitchers Jon Lester, Clay Buckholz and Crisp. (See the video here).
Let me just approach this from another direction. Rather than give up the best pitcher in baseball Twins, in exchange for a couple of pitchers who will one day become the next generation of pitchers to lose games 1-to-0, why not ask for the centerfielder that is making Crisp so expendable in the first place?
Bob -- The Indians lost, why are you still writing on this blog??
I see you have tasted the Jacoby Ellsbury Kool-aid, as well, Bob.
He has played in only 33 major league games. He has 116 total regular season at-bats for crying out loud. People need to stop painting him as the next Willie Mays.
And you could do a lot worse than dealing Santana now for Lester, Buckholz, and a throwaway outfielder. Johan is going to command 5 for 125 as a free agent, no way the Twins pay that. They need to make the deal now when they can get the most bang for their buck. Mid-season deals rarely get a team what they deserve, and after next season he is gone.
What I fear is that they will ink Hunter to a long-term deal and five years from now they will be paying a 38 year old centger-fielder with bad knees $17 million/year.
And our team is not boring, Bob. It's never boring to watch your clean-up hitter bang into a double-play on the first pitch he sees after the batter before him walked on four straight pitches.
Seriously, though, who the hell cares if our team is boring? Last I check, being exciting does not win championships. Having good baseball players does.
Oh, and when was the last time the Indians won anything, Bob?
I think the Indians won the Central? Am I wrong?
(Twins need bats.)