It’s a little over two weeks from now that pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training. Until then, we’re sort of trapped in this awkward limbo period where all there is to talk about is arbitration and non-roster invitees.
There are a few things I could go over, but I don’t want to get too bogged down tonight. So, here are some assorted tidbits.
Vlad remains unsigned
It came out recently that the Rangers offered Guerrero something like $8MM/1y at some point this off-season, but Vlad was holding out for twice that. Based on what I read, that was before Cliff Lee skipped off to Philly and the deal was dead once Beltre was official.
Now he’s a man without a team.
Part of me feels bad for Vlad. I didn’t necessarily want him to come back to Texas, but he did have a good year last year and he can do a lot for someone who might be on the bubble of contention if he can stay healthy.
(On top of that, Lance Berkman got a job. There’s no reason Guerrero can’t outperform that wash-up.)
But it sounds like Vlad’s only offer at this point might be something like $2MM/1y from Baltimore. I guess he’ll have to decide whether he’s playing for money or stats in 2011.
Lance Berkman keeps opening his mouth
Speaking of Lance Berkman, he saw what Randy Levine was doing and decided to get in on the Ranger bashing fun.
(Back in October, Berkman was asked about the Rangers’ chances in the playoffs and said that he figured they would probably fold based on their lack of post-season experience. Then they promptly throttled the Yankees [who had recently traded for Berkman] on their way to the World Series.)
Berkman was interviewed by a Houston radio station. I don’t know the context of it, but he somehow got onto the subject of the Rangers and the fact that he had been approached by them at some point in the off-season [which I hadn’t heard anything about].
To paraphrase Berkman’s comments:
The Rangers wanted me. They wanted me bad. After they lost Cliff Lee, they were just itching to overpay someone, but they’re not going to be very good without Cliff, so I turned them down, even though they would have paid me more than the Cardinals did.
2010 was so obviously a fluke because CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis probably aren’t actually very good. Also, Adrian Beltre is making too much money and probably won’t be that good.
Also, I’m better than Vlad.
(CJ Wilson had some thoughts on Berkman’s thoughts and those can be found here, along with what Berkman actually said.)
The funny thing about Berkman’s comments was that he admits that it was his agent that called Texas [and several other teams], but then he goes on to say that Texas is going to be an average team and also that he didn’t want to play in the American League anyway.
Michael Young is still continuing to not be traded
Everyone seems to think that this will continue in perpetuity.
That’s all. Expect a lean couple of weeks until some actual baseball starts happening.