** Here it is February already and James Shields still isn't signed. The longer it goes, the cheaper his deal will become. Initially, he was asking for 7 years and $155 million ($22.1 million/year). Now analysts believe he may have to settle for 2 years and $35 million ($17.5 mill/yr). Too bad. Maybe he can apply for food stamps.
** I don't understand all the love being doled out to the Red Sox by the media. Everyone is picking them for 1st or 2nd in their division. Is it just because they picked up Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez? Sandoval's numbers aren't that great and he has a reputation that his abilities rise and fall opposite his weight. Plus he tends to be sporadic in his efforts during the year. Ramirez is thought to be a clubhouse cancer if things don't go exactly the way he wants. He's a shortstop who's being moved to left field because, "...he doesn't move so well anymore." Most analysts feel their pitching staff has more questions than the Yankees, but all this is being ignored.
** Joe Girardi thinks everyone should give A-Rod a chance and not evaluate him early in spring training. "Older players need more time to get ready than 22 or 25 year-olds." Based on A-Rod's age (40 in July), spring training might not end until June for him. Girardi says his plan is some third base, some DH and some first base. At least he'll "talk" to A-Rod about first.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Okay, is it too late to put a prop bet that the Super Bowl MVP’s first utterance to the media will be “I’ve gotten a measles vaccination and I’m going to Disneyland?" -- Janice Hough