Hot Stove for the Week of 12/17 – 12/23

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 EDITION
8:27 a.m.
Nick Swisher sweepstakes are over. The winner? The mistake by the lake, better known as Cleveland.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 EDITION
5:23 p.m.
Raul Ibanez to sign with the Mariners.
10:48 a.m.
Cody Ross signs a 3-year with the DBags. Opens door for trading Jason Kubel.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 EDITION
4:04 p.m.
— The Indians sign Scott Kazmir.
9:57 a.m.
— Pirates, Francisco Liriano agree to deal for guarantee 2 yrs./just under $13m.
100 Days until Opening Day!
— The Poodres sign Cody Ransom.
— Braves sign Rich Harden.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 EDITION
4:23 p.m.
— Rangers to sign A.J. Pierzynski.
— Cubs to sign Edwin Jackson.
— Mariners to sign Placebo Polanco.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 EDITION
5:06 p.m.
— The Dodgers are interested in both Chris Perez and Joel Hanrahan.
3:27 p.m.
Ichiro Suzuki signs with the Yankees for 2 yrs./$13m.
— Angels send Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for Jason Vargas.
11:56 a.m.
— The Astros acquire John Ely from the Codgers for Rob Rasmussen.
— With no real hope to stay on the WC, Nick Swisher has looked at offers from both the Indians and the Strangers.
— The Rangers are showing interest in Cody Ross, as the Phillies shift their sights to Vernon Wells.
Kevin Youkilis‘ wanted to continue his career near his Bay Area home. Who knew?

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 EDITION
11:21 a.m.
— The Indians are putting on a show for Nick Swisher, who is in Cleveland for a chat. They put his face on the scoreboard. Huzzaz. I wonder if he noticed the ice skating rink in the middle of the infield? Of course, Brandon McCarthy and Chris Kluwe (punter, Vikings) make fun of this. To quote Kluwe, “Don’t you know the greatest inducement for a professional athlete to sign as a FA is to see electricity in action?!,” while McCarthy adds, “”Sure you spent four years with the most recognizable baseball team on Earth but here’s your name & face on OUR scoreboard. Ready to sign?”
10:45 a.m.
Colin Cowgill goes to the Mets.
— Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 EDITION
San Francisco Giants news:
7:54 p.m.
Santiago Casilla signs for 3 yrs. WB Torture.

3:45 p.m.
— The A’s sign Hiroyuki Nakajima at 2 yrs./$6.5m.
9:58 a.m.
— The Brewers sign Donnie Murphy.
— The Astros sign Carlos Pena.
— The Tigers have signed Annabelle Sanchez to a 5 yr. deal with options.
R.A. Dickey gets 2 yr./$25m extension from the Blue Jays.
— The Red Sox to sign Stephen Drew.
— The Twins sign Mike Pelfry.

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47 Responses to Hot Stove for the Week of 12/17 – 12/23

  1. shaman138 says:

    Good God, Billy the Beaney just keeps giving his players away to the AL East. And good win by the 9ers, but taking the foot off the gas in the second quarter was pretty stupid. If Belifuck and his asshole team were up 31-3 they wouldn’t have let up at all and it would have been a total rout. Harblah really needs to knock off the conservative, Joe College play-calling BS if his team stands a chance at the Super Bowl. And, yes, the Raiders game was weak-sauce, but even a garbage game is epic when you’re sitting in the Black Hole. Good times…and fuck the Patriots!

    • xoot says:

      I like Slusser’s tweet — apparently the RSox offered Drew more than the A’s did. Wow. You mean Drew didn’t give Oakland a home-town discount?

      As to the 49ers, it was annoying to see the team go from 100% effort to 50%. For most of the second half I was trying to remember if this was the same game with the deep passes, faked punt and all-out defensive assault.

  2. datswhatsup says:

    (god I miss baseball)
    Why the Giants will be better in 2013
    Sanchez can spell Posey (posey can spell Belt)
    Belt good chance to continue growth at the plate, endured first extended slumps and survived
    Crawford continues to get better at the plate and cured his fielding yips
    Sandoval for a full year (only two hamates per customer)
    Torres played well here when in a contract year before
    Pence can’y have forgotten to hit, he has to be closer to his career numbers (right?)
    Bullpen remains in tact
    Timmy can’t be that bad two years in a row can he? (also playing for a contract)
    Pence can’y have forgotten to hit, he has to be closer to his career numbers (right?)

  3. datswhatsup says:

    Why the Giants will be worse in 2012
    LF had Melky’s production for half a year
    Pagan may have had a career (A. Torres year)
    Scutaro will probably hit .280 versus .360
    Posey can’t do it again (can he?)
    Zito’s season a fluke?
    Timmy contract year, will they have to trade him mid-year?
    LF

  4. datswhatsup says:

    Why the Dodgers might dominate in 2013
    Money is NO object
    Have the entire team the entire year
    Greinke is by far the best #2 they’ve had behind CK
    What if Korean kid is good?
    Billingsly is the best #5 SP in baseball
    Strong bullpen (Giant-like)
    What if Crawford can play (instead of Gwynn Jr)?
    Hanley, Gonzo, Kemp, Hair Plugs, Crawford, can score rund quickly

  5. datswhatsup says:

    Why Dodgers may be an Epic Fail in 2013
    Hanley seems to be a cancer and is not a MLB SS in the field
    If Gonzo is so great how is it that he never makes his team win? (SD 2010, Bos 2011, LA 2012)
    CK had a hip problem (not wishing injury but that’s not good)
    Korean kid could be Ichiro of Pitchers or be Dice K (I realize they were Japanese)
    Greinke has psch issue and now has the pressure og a big contract (Ask CJ Wilson what it’s like to sign a big contract and be expected to earn it)
    Crawford had TJ in a league with no DH
    Can Josh Becket just all of a sudden be good again because he decides he’s not a selfish lazy tub of goo? (contract year and being the #4 SP might help since he’ll never face a team’s #1 or #2)
    Kemp’s surgery was NOT minor, shoulders are kind of important at bat and in the field
    Hair Plugs has not progressed, he’s not a kid anymore and now can’t seem to adjust to LHP
    AJ Ellis nice year with the bat but below average fielder

    LA (like any town) loves a winner, season ticket sales will be high, but if they don’t win early those tickets will unused or given away to the dregs of the earth like the last 3 years.

  6. Chico says:

    LF…. It’s nice to have Torres back, but him and Blanco don’t get me too excited about the LF position. Like others have said, the Giants are looking towards the future and saving some dough to sign some of our best players, but I really do think we could use another right handed hitting left fielder with a little pop.

  7. shaman138 says:

    Just saw something on Facebook that said the assholes from Westboro Baptist church were going to protest the funerals of the Newton victims. I have no idea why these sick fucks would do such a thing but it’s unbelievably disgusting

    • Chico says:

      They are vermin.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        It sounded as if there were people in the crowd during the services Sunday evening that were actually making derisive hoots and such.

        Vermin indeed…

    • xoot says:

      Apparently Anonymous hacked the twitter account of one of WBaptist’s leaders and worked some serious mischief, by way of retribution. (Saw the story on Huffington Post.) At one end of the spectrum, they somehow blocked the woman’s SSA number; at the other, more amusing end of the spectrum, they changed her background id image to gay porn.

  8. Chico says:

    RIP Senator Inouye. What a life this man lived.

    • mailorderwife says:

      R.I.P. indeed. What a great man who really embodies both the aloha and the Japanese American spirit. My favorite moment of the Oliver North hearings was when a fellow Senator stood up for Inouye, whose patriotism was unwisely questioned. Go for broke up there!

      • Chico says:

        He was my favorite politician who ever lived. I’ve has a softball in my throat since I heard the news.

        • mailorderwife says:

          Agree! I absolutely loved Senator Inouye.

          Strange newsroom story: A reporter at my old job, which was at a major So Cal newspaper, asked me some questions about the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. I answered, then spoke of the 442nd at length. After that little chat/interview, another long time reporter approached me and admitted that she knew nothing of either the Japanese American incarceration or of the famous 442nd regiment.

          How can you be a journalist in this country and not know something of American
          history?

          Most people won’t know just how much of a true patriot Sen. Inouye was. It’s not too late!

          • Chico says:

            My dad recommended some good history reading to me years ago – the 442nd.

            MOW, you’ll probably enjoy this thread about them on one of the few Bear blogs I frequent. Some of these people have family connections. http://bearinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=50456&highlight=442nd

            In the thread there are many links, and good links too. Enjoy!

            • sandy32koufax says:

              My old man used to be connected to many state and federal politicians from the 60’s through the 90’s. He took me to many fund-raising events during that period and I was able to meet, and in some cases forger friendships with, many of those wo/men that were elected officials at every level of govt.

              I got to meet Inouye in Dec of ’84 and saw him at the same event, NorCal Carpenters’ “Moose Feed” until ’00. I also ran into him as a bartender working special events such as Mike Honda’s birthday party two years running in the 80’s. Always remembered my name and “who I was.” Just a gracious and sharp guy that never seemed “too big” for the little guy and accomplished a great deal of “good legislation” or helped to right egregious civil wrongs.

              R.I.P. Senator…

              • Chico says:

                Way cool Sandy, and thx for the input man….Did you read about his combat experiences Sandy? Dude had nads the size of grapefruits. Gets shot in the chest, has his right arm blown off — He has a grenade in his blown off right hand – uses his left hand to get the grenade out of his blown off right hand, lobs it into a German bunker and takes out everyone in the bunker – advances forward and catches a bullet in his leg which finally drops him. He rolls down a cliff unconscious and wakes up to his companions standing over him.

                They (442nd) were the first at the outskirts of Rome but the top brass decided not to send them in as liberators. They didn’t want their face (Japanese looking people) as the face of liberation. So they were sent out again to fight in the Italian front and sustained even greater losses. That is a travesty. At least they were rewarded with a MOH years later.

                He’s a hero of mine and so are those who were in the 100/422nd.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  I have read or watched many different books and movies/documentaries regarding the 442nd and their accomplishments and mistreatment during WWII.

                  I hate to use this term BUT, it was a different time and world in the 40’s…not that it has improved that much in the 2010’s…

                  BTW, I had a P.E. teacher named Shin Pei Nishikawa whose uncle was a battalion member that he used to relate many stories of to us, his San Mateo privileged white kids…going to a liberal school has it’s advantages 😉

                • mailorderwife says:

                  Awesome stuff, gentlemen!

  9. sandy32koufax says:

    LA better not deal Ethier…and that’s all II have to say about that!

    • Chico says:

      What would they be looking for if they did? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Really. Of all the things the Dogs are doing (get it? dog – doo?), anyhow, that wasn’t even on the radar, in my mind.

      • sandy32koufax says:

        Ethier has been platooned a bunch the past two seasons, apparently-only reason that carries any weight but still not enough of a justification, IMO.

        chuck, why did the elephant wear red tennis shoes?

        BTW, not on my radar either…

    • datswhatsup says:

      Either may be JD Drew, eventually potential needs to be production and Ethier has been very good at being very good but then very bad for long stretches.

      Feast or famine at $10M is tough, but money doesn’t matter to LA any more (Crawford & Becket at $40M this year?) …either they feel he is the chip they can turn into a missing piece or he’s a whiner?

      • sandy32koufax says:

        With good, not great, power/batting averages and his highest WAR to date last season I can see why they’d deal him. Potential is being met however. A season shortened by two injuries, 2010, being the only “anomaly” during his time in LA.

        I’ve never heard nor seen any substantiated accusation of “whining” either.

        Your first assessment, trading chip, is the likeliest-but for whom or for whoms? 😉

        • xoot says:

          Purportedly from a radio interview with Ethier before the start of last season: “You don’t try to think of it too much as a player, but obviously if you’re not going after the big fish like other teams are, like our partners are down there to the south of us, the Angels (who acquired Albert Pujols), it’s tough to go out there and keep competing year after year if you’re not going out there and making your team better every year.”

          Be careful what you wish for. It may make you expendable. Of course, somebody still has to pay his absurd salary . . . .

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Hmm. Sounds more like he was complaining about mcwhoops than “whining” about anything…

            • xoot says:

              I’m glad he’s not a Giant.

              • sandy32koufax says:

                I guess Thurman Munson whined too then, just about “other shit”…

              • sandy32koufax says:

                Me too, xoot 🙂

                • datswhatsup says:

                  Not hatin’ on Hair Plugs, just saying his numbers are more similar to Casillas’ pitching numbers. Season numbers very good but 2-3 months of very sub par numbers.

                  His .222 vs LHP is shocking for a vet of his talent is all I’m saying. S nice his $10m contract is not an issue and they don’t need anything right now and they don’t have an overcrowded OF like LAA, I figured either they want to restock the farm system or he’ not “good for the team”

                  Both just. Speculation.

                • sandy32koufax says:

                  Plug this into the equation: Ethier had two separate injuries, one to his knee and one to his ankle, his lead leg while batting, off of lefties. And it’s been an ongoing thing.

                  Psychological or not, that’s the reason I’d point to for his poor BA against southpaws…fear

  10. sandy32koufax says:

    Rasmussen?

    I don’t get it…

  11. Chico says:

    I would love it if the Giants could get Nate Silver.

  12. mailorderwife says:

    I turned on Miss Universe for a second, and they had just begun to announce the top five finalists. After Miss Venezuela was called, my husband yelled, “GEE…I WONDER WHY…”

    We changed the channel. haha.

  13. sandy32koufax says:

    WHAT???

    Not even honorable mention?

    Saxie became snakes 1st base coach.

  14. sandy32koufax says:

    Is Ross going to put any hurt on his old teammates?…

  15. sandy32koufax says:

    Tribe might be decent after all…

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