The Michael Bourn obsession among Phillies fans aggravates me. If Ruben Amaro shares it and lavishes upon him a lucrative contract, he's a moron. Bourn is a nice player, I suppose, but nowhere near worth the money Boras is going to demand on the free agent market. I'd rather the Phillies sign Angel Pagan -- a better player, IMO -- for less than half the cost.
Agreed, Bourn has turned into a pretty good player but he strikes out a ton for a lead off hitter and I agree about Pagan.
My lord the Dodgers are nuts, they would have given Cole $200 million imo.
Nuts is the key here. Crawford has been terrible the last 2 years (and hurt, but terrible when healthy), and Beckett got fat, lazy, and became a locker room cancer. Gonzalez of course was actively undermining his manager and miserable because Boston has fans who care...which is why going back to California will help him, because no one cares out there like northeast U.S. fans.
I just can't believe the Sox were able to ditch so many of their locker room and contract problems at once like that. Unreal. It almost doesn't matter what they got back.
And the Phils of course have to improve so that we get properly teased. At least Brown is getting playing time and doing well. That is encouraging.