Friday, November 23, 2012

Daily Hot Stove Wrap Up 11/23

Quote of the Day

"I'm upset with how things turned out in Miami.  Just like the fans in South Florida, I was lied to on multiple occasions.  But I'm putting it behind me and looking forward to moving on with my career."  

~ Mark Buehrle

Does anyone else think that it's ironic that the day after we're supposed to give thanks, we all rush away from family to knock over some old lady in the line at Target to grab the new iPad?  

Or waiting 12 hours in line to save $50 on something?  Why would you not just work an eight hour shift at minimum wage, make more than $50 and save four hours?  

Here's my Black Friday shopping tips.  

  1. Get out of line
  2. Go home
  3. Buy stuff on the Internet for almost the same price
  4. Read The Full Count in the time you would have been in line at the mall
  5. Enjoy the holiday.  Stay sane.  
Now that you've got that, we've got a short but fun Daily Hot Stove Update as Josh Johnson rates his iPhone apps in the order of usefulness, Jonny Gomes sells his soul, making sense of the Miami Marlins, and a few minor moves.  

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, here's your Hot Stove for November 23rd.  

The most evil man in baseball, Jeff Loria?  
Josh Johnson said he found out he was traded to the Blue Jays on his MLB Trade Rumors app.  So we have technology that alerts players they're traded before the GM even let's them know, but we can't use technology to make sure that we get correct calls at home plate?  I'm not even going to go there.

  • If you want to read Josh Joshson's reaction to the trade and his time in Miami, this might be a good read on a slow day.  He says mostly politically correct stuff and never trashes the Marlins organization, but I can't wait to hear Giancarlo Stanton's interview if/when he gets shipped out too. 
  • Speaking of Stanton, who's already voiced his displeasure at the Marlin's brass, Yahoo  Sports Jeff Passan makes the case here that Stanton should be the next Marlin to be traded if they are "serious about rebuilding."  He makes a point, you can't really piss off the fans any more than you already have.  Might as well start from scratch and Stanton's stock isn't going to be much higher.  Okay, I'll stop talking about the Marlins.  
Gomes now plays for the guys he used to beat up..literally
  • Jonny Gomes, the so-called "heart and soul" of the Oakland As during their surprising run has made himself a lot less likable by signing with a much less likable team.  His $10 million, two-year contract with the Red Sox will add outfield depth and power for Boston's outfield.  Have I mentioned I hate Boston?  

  • The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Brian Bogusevic to a minor league deal.  I got to see Bogussevic play a few times on visits to Minute Maid Park and while I wasn't exactly there to scout, between the second and third beers he looked like a scrappy player.  His .203 average leaves something to be desired but he can play all the outfield spots so expect him to see a bit of time at Wrigley next summer.  

  • The As make up for Gomes leaving by signing both LHP Justin Thomas and UT Darwin Perez to minor league deals (#sarcasm). The 28-year-old Thomas allowed seven runs in 7 2/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees in 2012.
  • The Nationals sign LHP Fernando Abad and RHP Caleb Clay to minor league contracts. Abad actually pitched in almost 85 big league innings last season.  The catch?  It was 85 innings for the Astros.  
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their busy month, signing RHP Juan Abreu, LHP Kelvin De La Cruz, RHP Hector Correa, C Wilkin Castillo, IF Miguel Rojas, and RHP Gregory Infante to minor league deals.  Expect Abreu to be the most likely of these no-namers to have an impact as he struck out 12 in 6 1/3 innings.  The catch?  It was also with the Astros.  

  • Will SP Andy Pettite pitch in 2013?  Expect the veteran lefty to decide on his future plans by next week.  The 40-year-old pitched surprisingly well for the Yankees down the stretch.  While I like Andy Pettite, I also hate the Yankees.  May he struggle for them next year.  

Tis the season everyone!  Winter meetings are around the corner.  Have a happy rest of your break and I'll catch y'all tomorrow.  

And what the hell?  It was a slow day today so here's Kate Upton one more time: