The offseason is young, very young. About as young as it could get. But that shall not stop me from blogging about what has already gone down.
First off, Tim Lincecum, my favorite player, was charged with possession of drugs. I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, I mean, who didn't know this guy smoked the reefer? Just look at that hair, and I think that tells you the whole story. And plus, it's not like he resisted the "arrest" or anything.
Not a blockbuster, but none the less an interesting trade has already gone down. JJ Hardy, coming off an awful year in Milwaukee was traded to the Twins for CF Carlos Gomez. Really, all I see in this trade is this, the Twins don't want to pay Orlando Cabrera big time money, so they will take the cheaper JJ Hardy. Basically, these two teams are swapping each other's problems.
Manny Ramirez will be a Dodger for sure next season, assuming he isn't traded for some strange reason. He excercised his 20 million dollar option yesterday.
The Mets have no intention of resigning JJ Putz, as they declined his ridiculous 9.1 million dollar option. For a reliever? Even in New York, thats insane.
Cliff Lee will remain a Phillie, as the Phills excercised his 9 million dollar option. After his incredible stint with the Phills this past season, they'd be dumb not to take this as 9 million is a bargain for a pitcher of Lee's caliber.
Bobby Abreu signed on with the Angels for another 2 years at 9.5 million a year. This is actually a big deal, not for the Angels, but for all the other OF's on the free agent market. 9.5 million would appear to be a bit less than an OF of Abreu's caliber. It will be interesting to see how this affects the salaries offered to OF's this offseason by everyone except for the Yankees.
That's all I really have for now, a pretty active offseason to this point.