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1/22 MLB News: Damon, Manny, and Wells

January 22nd 2011 08:51
Well, yesterdays minor rumors came true to my surprise. The Rays signed two veterans they didn't even need in Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez. Both of them are old players that won't contribute too much. Both have played for the Rays' main rivals and both got one year deals. Damon will make 5.25 million- far too much- and the ego that is Manny will get 2 million. The Manny deal is solid from a money perspective, but both deals are unnecessary for a team that should be in rebuilding mode. At least they are one year deals, so it they aren't bad deals. They just don't make sense.

The Angels didn't get their "guy" Carl Crawford. They didn't even get Jayson Werth. Instead, they acquired Vernon Wells. The Angels traded Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli. I like the deal for the Jays because they did better financially. However, the Angels got the best player in the deal. Wells will fill one of their needs.

Nick Punto signed an extremely cheap one year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is a 33 year old that will provide depth defensively. The deal is a solid one because they gave him nothing to back-up youngster David Freese. In an offseason full of headscratchers, this was the only deal that the Cards made that can be associated with the word "good".

Tim Byrdak used to be a quality reliever with the Detroit Tigers. Now, Sandy Alderson has signed him to a minor league deal. I believe that Byrdak will be bumped up to the MLB roster because the Mets' bullpen is quite awful- which is an obvious statement to say the least. Byrdak should do a solid job with the Mets because he is a solid player.
What Do the Rays Want With Him?

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Comment by nbageek

January 23rd 2011 00:26
Seems like bad moves for the Rays. Odd that they wanted two older guys

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