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Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Sources: Colon close to deal with Angels. Four years, $48 million, according to "two baseball officials who were familiar with details of Colon's negotiations" with the Angels and White Sox. (Yahoo!)

M's land Twins closer. Three years, $14 million for Eddie Guardado. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Jason Michael Barker: "So much for a youth/bargain movement, eh? And did I mention he'll cost yet another draft pick? I have to tell you, I'm having a hard time getting excited about what Bavasi has accomplished during his short tenure in Seattle." (U.S.S. Mariner)

Boss boils as Sheff stirs it up.
Maybe Gary Sheffield won't be coming to the Bronx after all.

Two baseball officials confirmed to the Daily News last night that the Yankees' deal with the free-agent slugger - which had been all but announced last week by the team and bragged about by Sheffield in a USA Today Sports Weekly article - has hit significant snags.

In the words of one baseball executive, the deal "fell apart. Sheffield changed his mind and wanted more money."
(NY Daily News)

Rob Neyer: "[P]redicting what an experienced Japanese player will do upon reaching these shores is far, far from an exact science. There were smart people who thought they had a handle on it, but the method hasn't worked well for either Ichiro or Godzilla, both of whom hit significantly fewer home runs and drew significantly fewer walks than expected. But if Kazuo Matsui hits only half as many home runs in 2004 as he did in 2002 and 2003, he'll still be one of the best shortstops in the National League." (

Chaim Bloom: "The last three years, A-Rod has made $18, $19 and $20 million. Given that money, could you find better production each year? Sure, but that's not how baseball works. You can't pick and choose your players every year. You don't get to have Jason Giambi for 2001, then switch to A-Rod for '02 and '03. You can't just grab Gary Sheffield's 2003 season without having had him for the previous years. And you can't have Barry Bonds at all, because the Giants aren't letting him go." (Baseball Prospectus)

Life after Vlad. Jonah Keri on the 2004 Expos. (

Bill Simmons on Grady, Manny, Nomar, Pedro and Schilling. "There's a nagging sense that, like Julia Roberts, Nomar's best days are behind him. It's not like he's washed up -- he just isn't someone who gets mentioned in those 'Who's the next guy to hit .400?' articles anymore. At his absolute apex, he strode to the plate, did his 'Rain Man' routine with his gloves, swung at the first pitch -- whether it was at his head, his feet, rolling to the plate, or whatever -- and belted the living hell out of it. He sprayed line drives like a machine gun. It was almost freakish. And then he broke his wrist ... and three years have passed, and he's settled into that '.301 BA, .340 OBP, 25 HR, 115 RBI' stage of his career. Yeah, it's good enough to make the All-Star team. But it's not the same Nomar." (

Ranting and Raving About Baseball With Mike Carminati (Part Two). (Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT)

Travis Nelson: "Oh, sure, I'm looking forward to watching Javier Vazquez win some games in Yankee pinstripes...But I'll miss Nick. Oh, will I ever miss Nick. Nick Johnson is the kind of player you dream about your team developing. The kind of player a stat-head like me lays awake at night trying to figure out how to make one of these for the computer baseball game I play to pass time between loads of laundry on quiet Saturday afternoons. The kind of player you tell your kids you got to see play before anyone knew how good he was gonna be." (Boy of Summer)

Alex Belth interviews Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci. (Bronx Banter)

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