Posted Under: Johanna's View
It has been almost a week since the Giants won the World Series and live baseball ceased to be on every night. That takes some getting used to, and some time to recover from. We here at LoveMyTeam hope that is all you are recovering from, and that Hurricane Sandy left you relatively unfazed, though inspired by gratitude, as you read this. Our hearts go out to those who are still struggling to recover.
As a little distraction, here is a little reading from around baseball to ease you into the hot stove.
Mark McGwire is virtually left the St. Louis Cardinals and has joined the Dodgers as hitting coach writes Joe Strauss. The long-time Cardinal has decided to be closer to his family by moving to the Southern California team. What that can mean for the Dodgers is huge. First they have taken away a potent Cardinal weapon, and second both their young and their veteran players should be able to be helped by McGwire, who found a voice for coaching everyone from Albert Pujols to David Decalso with success.
The Red Sox seem to have a deal with David Ortiz, who will spend two more years with the Sox according to Rob Bradford. Keeping him in the fold will help give the Sox some flexibility and some tie to their winning ways. It will also prevent teams like Texas from getting stronger, and finding some of the power that they may lose with Josh Hamilton.
And speaking of Hamilton, the Rangers have tendered him a contract- shocking- but they have declined the option on Mike Napoli. Napoli was a big part of the 2011 march to the World Series, and so it is likely that they will still try to resign him, just not for the $13 million option that they held.