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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Rich’s Weekend Edmonds Beat. "While Carlos Beltran—who may be on the verge of signing a long-term contract for $100 million or more—is now all the rage, Edmonds has actually created more runs above average than his free agent counterpart every year since Carlos broke into the majors in 1998. I recognize that Beltran is seven years younger than Edmonds and arguably a more valuable property, but the truth of the matter is that the Cardinal slugger has been the more valuable player." (Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT)

Clip Show. The top 15 Cardinals games of the year. (Redbird Nation)

Whither Shortstop Part 1 - When Pigs Fly. "We have all witnessed just how much of a drain [Pokey Reese] can be. I have said it before and I will say it again. He looks like an actor playing a Major League Baseball player when he swings the bat. More specifically, he reminds me of Wesley Snipes playing Willie Mays Hayes. Either way, he cannot be Boston’s everyday shortstop." (The House that Dewey Built)

Whither Shortstop Part 2 - The Acceptables. "I like [Jose Valentin], always have. He’s got a good approach at the plate and a considerable amount of pop in his bat. Further, he can field. The .287 OBP is of concern but less so when you look at his previous on-base totals. He has a career .321 on-base and I suspect in Fenway’s cozy confines, he would hoist his on-base back to around his career levels. The pitfall will be Valentin’s asking price. He made $5MM last year and those 30 home runs will probably look better than they should to some GM." (The House that Dewey Built)

Whither Shortstop Part 3 - The Cream of the Crop. "[Orlando] Cabrera turned down a 4-year, $30MM deal from Montreal earlier this season and with his current status as World Champ, you can bet he will be looking for even more. On two levels, it just doesn’t make any sense for the Sox to sign him. First, there is the matter of Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia both very much on pace to be in Boston by 2006. Second, I don’t think Cabrera is worth the money he is undoubtedly going to get on the open market. When there is a good chance you can be getting Cabrera-type production for $320,000.00 in 2006, you don’t commit $35MM to Cabrera in 2004." (The House that Dewey Built)

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