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The Deal That Broke Frank Costanza’s Heart (and mine too)

The post below was an excerpt from a post I was writing that would act as my “submission” for the Hall of Nearly Great project. While I wasn’t actually asked to write for it, I thought Jay Buhner would be ideal for it, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to write it. The Hall of Nearly Great e-book came out this past summer and is great, even without me in it – click on the link to check it out.

As for this excerpt, it got a little long and didn’t flow the way I wanted the rest of my “submission” to go, but I liked it on its own and wanted to save it in some way before I edited the hell out of it. It sounds more like something you’d find in a biography than an essay. Hey – there isn’t a Bone biography yet, right? Someone call my agent! Better yet, someone get me an agent!

Oh, right – the post. Enjoy.

The Yankees were Jay Campbell Buhner’s second organization. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates Continue reading The Deal That Broke Frank Costanza’s Heart (and mine too)

Royals Get James Shields, Play It “Safe”

Trades are baseball. It’s one of the ways that baseball involves the fan more than (arguably) any other sport. Between salary caps, early deadlines, and roster structure, few professional sports have the trade possibilities that baseball does. Well, hockey did, but I’m starting to forget what hockey is anyway.

So often, trades are of the “veteran for prospects” variety, where one team offers some of their farm system’s best players in order to get established major league players from a team that either has a surplus, or finds the upside to be too good to pass up. We got one of those last night, when the Kansas City Royals sent their #1 prospect (and potential #1 overall prospect in baseball) Wil Myers, along with pitcher Jake Odorizzi (himself a top 100 prospect) and two other minor league players to the Tampa Bay Rays for starter James Shields and Wade Davis. Shields, a year removed from an All-Star game appearance and coming in 3rd in the AL Cy Young balloting, is the obvious jewel of the deal for Kansas City, the established workhorse starter the Royals didn’t have. Davis, who had been in the starting rotation for the Rays the previous two seasons, worked solely out of the bullpen for the Rays last season and had a career year, giving up only a little over six hits per nine innings pitched, while striking out over 11 per nine. Whether Kansas City plans to put Davis into the rotation or keep him in a relief role is unknown at this time. Continue reading Royals Get James Shields, Play It “Safe”

Looking Back – The 2006 MLB Trade Deadline (Part 2)

Last time, we took a look at the first moves in July that teams were taking to make their push to the 2006 playoffs. Sometimes, striking early can pay off, because the market hasn’t really been set and the whole range of potential trade targets is available. Additionally, you get those extra few weeks with your new player, giving him time to adjust to his new team and reaping the benefits of your upgrade.

And we hit the ground running again… Continue reading Looking Back – The 2006 MLB Trade Deadline (Part 2)

Looking Back – The 2006 MLB Trading Deadline (Part 1)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a baseball post, and I want to try to get at least three of these out a week, so here’s my opportunity to get the ball rolling. I haven’t really prepared for this – ideally I’ll keep article ideas in a queue so I have a topic when I need one – but for today I’ll stick by an old reliable: dissecting old trades. I tend to write a lot about these things and there was a lot of activity in 2006, so I’m going to have to break this up into a few parts. Today – the early deals. Continue reading Looking Back – The 2006 MLB Trading Deadline (Part 1)

Birds grabbing a slice of Pie

The Baltimore Orioles have picked up former hyped center field prospect Felix Pie from the Chicago Cubs for starter Garrett Olson and minor league pitcher Hank Williamson. Pie needed to be dealt because after six seasons, you stop being a “prospect” and start being the guy who couldn’t make the major league roster. His days were numbered after this past season – when your team chooses to stick a corner outfielder who couldn’t make the Blue Jays 25-man roster (Reed Johnson) in center, then after realizing that was a bad idea chooses to reanimate the corpse of Jim Edmonds rather than give you another shot in center, you’re never going to make it. Baltimore is a fresh start for him, and he’ll get as much shot as anyone to get the center field job. Continue reading Birds grabbing a slice of Pie

The trading game

Trading is one of the most fun but also one of the most challenging aspects of fantasy baseball. I’ve been meaning to write a post addressing the finer points of trading (along with a few hints) but I haven’t gotten around to it (something I can say for a lot of my writing). This season I’ve done a handful of trades – most minor, but a few blockbusters – and I’ve had many more fall through despite gaining steam at one time. The fanalytic (Ron Shandler uses this word – I like it a lot more than “fantasy”) trader is going to run into that all the time, and sometimes you have to recognize when something just isn’t going to happen. It’s like every other episode of ER when someone’s on the table and they’ve got the defib and they’re doing chest compressions despite the fact that they know that the moment they stop, the guy’s getting pronounced. As long as your doing compressions, there’s still a “chance” that it could come back to life, but everyone in the room knows it’s a lost cause. Continue reading The trading game