Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mel Antonen on Blue Jays, Orioles, Angels, Mariners

Mel Antonen of USA Today reports some teams like the Blue Jays and Orioles reduced payroll in the past few years in order to go ahead in the upcoming year. Explains the Jays' big signings so far, and the Orioles offering Konerko $65 million. Mel says the Blue Jays had 21 blown saves in 2005, 7 of which were in the 9th inning, 2nd lowest in saves in AL ahead of the Royals. Feels the Orioles have a perception problem, management problems, which is a reason someone like Konerko turned down their offer. (Even though it's a great hitters' park). It's harder for them to get pitchers there, & they just lost their closer. On the Angels' side, spring training in Arizona is another plus for Konerko. BUT, if Konerko goes to the Angels, where would Manny go? Mel cites the Seattle Mariners, but only if the Sox paid a lot. Manny & Mike Hargrove are friends from their Cleveland Indians days.

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