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Posted on: January 15, 2008 10:56 am
Edited on: January 15, 2008 11:37 am
Well it's January 15th with roughly a month to go till spring training gets under way, and I am already anticipating another season of baseball. This off-season has been interesting, with Barry Bonds being indicted and the Mitchell report exposing more of the steroid culture that prevailed in baseball.
There has been just a few free agent moves worth noting, though often times it's the ones that no one notes that can put a team over the top. Alex Rodriguez pulling off his classless act of announcing during game 4 of the World Series that he was opting out only to later resign with the Yankees for far less then Scott Boras was hoping to get. Andrew Jones, coming off an extremely bad contract year signed for two year with the Dodgers, hoping to reestablish himself in that time.
The trade front has provided slightly more news. With the Tigers, coming off a disappointing season following their World Series appearance trading for Miguel Cabrera and Dontre Willis. Dan Haren was shipped to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and more recently Scott Rolen finally getting out of St. Louis. However, two of the bigger names that were bantered about all off-season have yet to be moved, Johan Santanna, and Erik Bedard who nobody seems willing to pony up enough prospects to pry them away from their current teams.
Looking back it's been a fairly eventful season, and it will be interesting to see the repercussions of the Mitchell report, in terms of Congress hearings, the Roger Clemens/Brian McNamee spout and suspensions from the league on players named in it. But here's to putting it all in the past and looking forward to the 2008 MLB season.