The Great Reorganization: Step 13: To Collect or Not (2007 Edition)

My ongoing reorganization of my collection has definitely been a long, drawn out process.  However, despite the slow pace I am still making tiny spurts of progress.  For instance, the other day* I went through my stack of 2007 baseball cards …

David Howard, Stay Healthy – 5

Originally published March 2, 2013David Howard looked forward to 1994, and a better shot at the Royals big league roster, after a series of injuries and setbacks the previous two seasons, according to The Sarasota Herald-Tribune.Those injuries and s…

2015 Card-vent Calendar: December 1

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s time to drop absolutely everything for a month, and snuggle up next to a roaring fire to dream not about sugar plums, but 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ dollops of joy. Yes, Virginia, it’s Card-vent, the most joyous season…

1976 Caruso Phoenix Giants Baseball #5, Skip James

In my last post (Carlos Lopez), I lamented how card maker Caruso picked green bunting for a 1976 bicentennial team set, when the situation obviously called for red. Ugh.It’s only now that I realize: I’d forgotten about this post from 2013.Orange buntin…

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1990 Year of the No-Hitter: June 11th – Nolan Ryan Pt 4

Our 1991 Year of the No-Hitter coverage will always be a work in progress. I started the series focusing on the 1991 Score No-Hit Club subset, but it has become more interesting as I have found other cards related to that years no-hitters.  1992 P…

Delivery Time! Collector’s Crack Feeds My Addiction

I’m still working my way through the big pile of trade envelopes that had stacked up over the last few weeks (and months).  My semester of work is all but done…this week is the week before finals so it is mostly a lot of reviewing material with …

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Free Agency and Godfather Offers
I was having a discussion after the Kimbrel trade about the Red Sox and their prospects. I was realizing that even after the trade, the Sox still had a glut of prospects. They also have an outfield all in their twenties, as well as a two catchers and a shortstop that are just babies. Pedroia’s untradeable contract has him around for a while, along with the guys on the corners. 

What good are prospects with all the long term star power? There won’t be a spot for any of them any time soon. 

Why not start making some Godfather offers. Sure Oakland again says they won’t trade their young star. And there’s no particular reason for Chicago to trade Chris Sale. But, there’s a price for everyone. If the Sox suggested “A catcher and any 5 minor league prospects” would that be enough? Whatever number would be enough, just offer it. I’ll take my chances with a starting line-up under 30 and Chris Sale added to whatever rotation the Sox start the season with.

But, then it hit me. Things aren’t like they used to be. Even though Betts and Bogaerts just turned 23, it’s not like they’re penciled into the Sox line-up for the next 15-20 years. I think many people assume that the Sox will be unwilling to give Xander the free agent money he’ll command…much like they didn’t with Ellsbury. So, even with a young core, we’re not looking at 15 years of being set up the middle. It’s only four years until Bogaerts is gone. Five for Mookie. Which means a couple things. It does present a sense of urgency. What are the odds you’ll come up with a duo that talented any time soon? Doesn’t that mean you need to try a little harder to win now? Doesn’t it make it even more reasonable to clear out the farm and go for in in 2016-19? I would think so.

But, it would also make cleaning out the farm a bit more difficult. The only reason Chicago would trade Sale (just for conversation’s sake) is if they felt they couldn’t catch Kansas City in the years he has left of being an ace. That it would be better to forgo his best years, and have the prospects ready to go when the Royals come back to the pack. But, by then the catcher prospect they might have gotten will also be ready to leave via free agency. And they’d only have a few years left of someone even as young as Moncada. That’s not going to get them to make a trade.

So, is that whole type of trade dead? Unless it’s an Adrian Gonzalez type deal where you agree to sign the guy to a long-term, below market contract? Are the only prospect deals available anymore the ones like the Kimbrel trade? A couple of them for an extra part. Are the offer choices for Felix Hernandez or Johan Santana reserved for Red Sox lore? After all, these days that trade would only get you Hernandez for a couple years.

What’s the point of prospects anymore?
Keith Ringgold, Unconventional Run – 27

Originally published Jan. 16, 2013The run scored by Everett’s Keith Ringgold may not have been a conventional one, but it did help the team to a 7-2 victory.Tied at two in the fifth, Ringgold reached on an error, then later scored on an interference ca…

A Double Dose of Kaz

As I did the other day with Nick from Dime Boxes, I’m going to combine a couple of PWEs into a single post here in an effort to catch up a bit on trade packages.  For today I’ve got a pair from my good friend Mark Kaz of This Way to the Clubhouse …

2016 Topps Finest Baseball preview

Topps Finest Baseball has been a staple for collectors for almost a quarter century. The 2016 edition of Topps Finest returns with a familiar feel but also some new features that stand out. Master boxes of 2016 Finest Baseball will contain a pair of autographs. The base set includes 100 top MLB players with both […]

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Another COMC 100 – Shyrone Stith!

Seneca Wallace is my main PC.  But Shryone is quickly becoming my #2 PC.  I’m right around 70% of his total collection, which is pretty dang good for a second collection guy.  And this COMC purchase helped a lot – here are my faves!This …

Joel Johnston, Did It – 17

Originally published March 5, 2013Joel Johnston had a rough start in 1993, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote.That rough start included 12.2 innings where Johnston gave up 13 hits – and 24 total earned runs.”Putting him on the disabled list had to be do…

Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of The Pack” – Week 12

If there is one sure thing in the NFL this season, it’s that there are no sure things in the NFL this season. Who would’ve guessed the Texans and Chiefs would be two of the hottest teams in the league at the end of November or the Packers would lose four out of five games, […]

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WW’s Best Actual Binder Page

I’m going to tweak Junior Junkies binder page idea.  Instead of taking nine cards from my collection and putting them and putting them into a page, I’m using actual binder pages.  These are pages as they reside in my binders.  I couldn’t…

Andre Keene on baseball cards

First baseman Andre Keene played in the Giants organization from 1991 to 1995. Known for his power, he hit .273 with 42 HR and 239 RBI in 384 games. Now an independent business owner at ACN, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.”My favo…

2015 Award Winners

The last of the major 2015 awards were announced last week.  As I think most people expected, Yuki Yanagita of the Hawks and Tetsuto Yamada of the Swallows were named MVP of the Pacific and Central Leagues respectively.2015 BBM 1st Version #021201…

Card Of The Week November 29

Back at the beginning of March, I made note of the fact that with Norihiro Nakamura retiring, Michihiro Ogasawara was now the active home run leader in NPB.  I mentioned in the post that it would not be out of the question for Shinnosuke Abe (who …