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    December 1, 2009:
    Happy Arbitration Day!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:22 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (5)

    As it is every year, December 1st marks the day that teams offer their eligible players arbitration. Red Sox players who qualify: Bill Wagner and Jason Bay (both Type A Free Agents)

    All players offered arbitration have 1 week (until December 7th) to accept or reject arbitration.

    Well, so much for A-Gon: I know the Sox had no intention of exercising Alex Gonzalez’s $6 million option–but couldn’t they have done something? He is one of the best shortstops around, even if his bat is a bit light (Although he hit very well in the short time he was back with the Sox in 2009.) But it’s all moot now, as Toronto signed him over the weekend to a $2.75 million, 1 year deal, which also includes a club option for 2011.

    Of course, The Sox have already expressed some interest in Toronto’s shortstop of last year, Marco Scutaro, who is now a free agent–and good enough to be a Type A one at that, hitting .282 with 12 homers and 60 RBI’s. Unfortunately, the Sox don’t like signing Type A’s because they have to give up a draft compensation, if their originating team offers them arbitration–and frankly, the team would need to be on crack not to offer their Type A arbitration–for this very reason…

    And, in case you were wondering, the “other” Alex, of the Cora variety, re-upped with the Mets for a 1 year/ $ 2 million deal, with incentives…

    And don’t even ask me how the whole draft thing goes–my head swims when I think about Sandwich Picks and Supplemental picks and 1st and 2nd Round picks….

    The playoff shares were announced yesterday, with the Sox voting for 42 full and 17.839 (??) partial shares, and 64 cash awards. The team’s portion of the kitty was $1,722,193.48, making a full share for the Boston Red Sox $28,263.28. By comparison, the Skanks full share was a record breaking $365,052.73…The playoff pool is 60% of the gate for the 1st 3 games of the ALDS/NLDS, and the 1st 4 games of the ALCS/.NLCS and the World Series. And not only do the 8 teams who make the postseason benefit: The 4 teams who placed 2nd (and were not a wild card), this year, the Rangers, Tigers, Marlins and Cubs, also receive part of the take…

    And an interesting side note: The Angels opted to grant a full share ($138,038.51) to the estate of pitcher Nick Adenhart, who was killed in the beginning of the 2009 campaign by an alleged drunk driver

    The 2009 Hall of Fame candidates list was released late last week, –and there are some pretty big newcomers on the list (Edgar Martinez, Barry Larkin and Roberto Alomar), and players who are slowly climbing to the 75% needed to make the Hall Bert Blyleven with 62.7% and Andre Dawson with 67%) Joining the other players returning this year to continue their quest: Harold Baines, Don Mattingly, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell. Rounding out the newbie ballot: Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura, and Todd Zeile.

    To stay on the ballot, a player must garner at least 5% of the votes; once they fall below that, they are permanently removed from the ballot. Those able to stay about the 5% are eligible to remain on the ballot for 15 years. If in that time, they do not receive the 75% needed, they are then considered by the Veteran’s committee, who are even tougher to impress. The results will be announced on January 6th–and let’s hope this year some idiot doesn’t come and steal their thunder as people have in previous years…

    After serving as the Chairman of the Jimmy Fund since 1979, Mike Andrews will be stepping down. Involved with the Jimmy Fund since he was a rookie with the Sox in 1967, he will be leaving his position at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well…

    Coming up: The Winter Meetings, where things usually get VERY interesting, begin in less than a week, and run through December 10th. This year’s location? Indianapolis–not my idea of a happening town…

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    Happy Arbitration Day!”

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