Future doesn’t look bright for Ortiz, Red Sox

Here is a quote from David Ortiz during the 2010 All-Star break, via ESPN.com:

“I’m going to tell you, I ain’t going nowhere. “I don’t want one year. Why should I return for one year and go through the same [stuff] I’m going through now, just because it’s my last year? No. I like to be left alone when I’m playing baseball. I know how to clean my [stuff] up.”

In addition to some pretty horrible grammar, this quote illustrates some pretty scary effects that could take course next season for the Red Sox. Despite what he feels or says now, clearly Ortiz doesn’t like playing when he knows there is no contract for him in the following year. Couple that with his recent trend of atrocious starts to the season, Ortiz — and thus the Red Sox — could have a very dark future.

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Get ready for a disaster

Hal Steinbrenner on the upcoming Derek Jeter negotiations:

“There’s always the possibility that things could get messy. I know our fans are emotional and that’s what we love about them. But I’ve got to try to do my job on behalf of the partnership and the partners and everybody else involved in the organization. Hank and I need to keep a level head and realize that we’re running a business here.”

This is where things get interesting. Yes, Jeter will be back, but I can’t imagine that the Yankees are going to do this quietly. Hopefully, the Yankees won’t give him something he doesn’t deserve.

Stuff on Cliff Lee

Here is a quote from right after Game 6 of the ALCS from Cliff Lee: 

“I love this city. I love my teammates. It’s going to be a good team for years to come. For my family, this couldn’t be a better situation.
“Free agency is when a player finally gets a choice, and I’m looking forward to that. There are so many things that can happen. I’m just more focused on helping this team win a World Series. If we do that it would be hard to walk away.”
While this quote is very ambiguous, the only logical presumption one could make would be that Lee is leaning towards the Rangers. However, I happen to think these quotes are bogus, as nothing every matters until the offers are made.
To make matters worse for the Yankees, Lee’s wife was apparently greeted rather unfriendly by Yankees fans when she watched the game at Yankee Stadium. She said she took it personally and that she was unhappy. Who knows if that will affect Lees decision.
The Rangers will have money available. They are dumping half their payroll this offseason. However, they have a bunch of players leaving who they will probably try to resign. Bengie Molina, Matt Treanor, and Jorge Cantu could fit that mold. And that isn’t anything compared to what they are going to have to pay Nelson Cruz, who is eligible for arbitration.
With the money Lee is set to be offered from the Yankees, it is doubtful that the Rangers will be able to compete, unless they are considering letting most of the team walk. But that’s highly unlikely.

Don’t get your hopes up on a trade for Burnett

It’s been mentioned quite a bit that a trade
for A.J. Burnett might take place this offseason. However,
that is extremely unlikely. Not only will it be hard to find
a team that will want to pick up a pitcher who just finished
the season with an ERA above 5, but add in a contract worth
$16.5 million for the next three years, and you virtually
diminish the possibility of a trade.