Friday, June 25, 2010

Holding Court With Counselor Bloomie


I now present the honorable (or not so much) Counselor Bloomie.

Please be seated.

Before the court today stand 7 men, who by their own accord, willfully admit to being part of a conspiracy to change professional baseball franchises on or before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The charges will be read for each man individually.

ROY OSWALT – SP – Houston Astros

Charged with: Pitching for a bad team while earning a high salary. Verdict: Guilty. Disposition: The defendant is remanded to the custody of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Atlanta Braves. While the New York Metropolitans and Texas Rangers remain interested in adding depth to their respective pitching staffs, extenuating circumstances will prevent Oswalt from going to New York (see Cliff Lee and Jake Westbrook) or Dallas (inability to add payroll).

CLIFF LEE – SP – Seattle Mariners
Charged with: Pitching for a team that failed to perform to management’ expectations. Verdict: Guilty. Disposition: The defendant is remanded to the custody of the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, or Cincinnati Reds. The court denies the defense objection that Mr. Lee be released to the custody of the New York Yankees on the basis that the Mets and Reds offers will not be contingent on signing Lee to a contract extension allowing Lee to sign with the Yankees as a free agent in 2011.

Charged with: Being benched to created playing time for Tyler Colvin. Verdict: Hung Jury. Disposition: The defendant will remain under house arrest with the Chicago Cubs for the remainder of the 2010 season. Due to his diminishing skills and an inflated contract that extends through the 2011 season the court finds no other professional baseball team willing to trade for Mr. Fukadome unless Chicago agrees to pay a majority of his remaining salary. The San Diego Padres (see Scott Podsednik) and Boston Red Sox (see David DeJesus) have expressed interest.

KEVIN MILWOOD – SP – Baltimore Orioles
TY WIGGINGTON – UTL – Baltimore Orioles

Charged as repeat offender co-defendants. Verdict: Guilty. Disposition: The court has grown tired of Mr. Wiggington’s and Mr. Milwood’s annual appearance. Nevertheless, the court remands Mr. Wiggington to the custody of the Texas Rangers as a possible platoon player at 1B with the struggling Justin Smoak, the Minnesota Twins to replace Michael Cuddyer at 3B, or to the custody of the Colorado Rockies to fill the void created due to Troy Tulowitski’s wrist injury. As for Mr. Milwood, the court finds him serving time with the New York Mets in the event the Cliff Lee or Jake Westbrook deals fall through.

Charged with: Being a small market team attempting to trade marginal talent for prospects. Verdict: Guilty. Disposition: In an effort to clear playing time for prospects Alex Gordon and Kila Ka'aihue the Royals will attempt to trade Scott Podsednik (linked to a San Diego team in desperate need of top of the line up speed), David DeJesus (linked to the Boston Red Sox as an upgrade to the often injured Mike Cameron and J.D. Drew), Brian Bannister (rumored to have the Cardinals interest) and Jose Guillen (no one interested but can’t blame the Royals front office for trying). In short, Podsednik goes, DeJesus goes, Bannister gets claimed off waivers, and Guillen stays put.

JAKE WESTBROOK – SP – Cleveland Indians
Charged with: The more appealing of the two trade commodities possessed by the Indians. Verdict: Innocent. Disposition: Mr. Westbrook and Kerry Wood appear to be the only bargaining chips for a Cleveland team stuck somewhere in the rebuilding process. Although Wood can’t seem to get anyone out anymore some team seeking to bolster their bullpen will trade for him. Both the Angels and Phillies could use options in the 7th and 8th innings. Mr. Westbrook, while rumored to be in a New York state of mind, will remain with the Indians as the Mets will either go all in for Cliff Lee or go cheap and trade for Kevin Milwood.

Court is adjourned.


Linc said...

Well done, oh brother of mine.

Nice to see a little life at the old PG complex!!!

Michael said...

Holy cow, dust off the cobwebs!

Nice updates.. Nice post...

T-Dub said...

Creative, Shane ... that's good stuff! I forgot the web address it had been so long ........

Cornholers said...

Thanks for someone taking the horns here, as PG obviously has himself sequestered watching dusty Foot Locker commercials of Mattingly, Tom Chambers and Jerry Rice. How did we not know that Mattingly was gay back then?

Michael said...

Any thoughts on NBA free agency? The NBA has not had this much attention in a long time.

T-Dub said...

If all of the NBA studs get max their max deals (lebron, wade, bosh, stoudemire, joe johnson, nowitzki), they will total $30 million less than Elin Woods' divorce settlement.

Counselor Bloomie said...

I'm having difficulty dividing what I want to happen versus what I think will happen.

Starting with the biggest name first I really think Lebron will stay in Cleveland. Cleveland and Chicago are scheduled to be the last two teams to give their sales pitch and I think it is for a reason. Cleveland's roster is talentless but I'm certain they are going to make big promises to do a sign/trade with Toronto for Bosh and add parts here and there. The Scott hiring I feel was done with a team LeBron blessing.

I don't see a dream team in Miami making any sense. Why would Lebron play the role of Scottie Pippen to Wade? LA wasn't big enough to handle Kobe/Shaq and Jackson was the coach. I can see a Wade and Bosh or Wade and Stoudemire before I see Wade, James, and ???.

I pray Chicago gets him and think they have a very real chance. Only downside is with the currently salary Chicago can only add Boozer or Lee and not Bosh. Maybe Bosh signs with Miami and plays with Wade and Lebron signs in Chicago with a Rose, Noah, Boozer, and Gibson front 5. Chicago still needs a pure outside shooter though and Allen and Reddick are the only two on the market.

I think the Nets, Clippers, and Knicks are going to be left with scraps since Nowitski, Stoudemire, Pierce, Johnson, and Gay all reup with their current clubs.

Michael said...

I dont think Amare goes back to the Suns.. I pray Chicago does not get anyone.

I think Lebron stays home or goes to the Knicks with Bosh or Amare.

I cant shake the feeling that the three of them, Wade, Bosh and Lebron all will team up somewhere... I dont know where besides Miami, but if they do, wow...

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