It took me a long time to come up with such a great title for this post, so appreciate it...
"Bottom line, I wanted to get in a spot where I would be longterm," said Rowand, after signing a five year deal with San Francisco. "That's really the thing I was looking forward to most." Yeah, that and the 60 million dollars.
From the ESPN.com article: "Rowand said he believes the Giants will contend in the much-improved division." Really? I seriously doubt that Rowand actual believes that. They have two good young pitchers in Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, but that is about it. Rowand joins Randy Winn and Dave Roberts in the outfield on a Giants team that will be lucky to finish anywhere but last in the 5 team NL West. Of course, if someone was going to give me 60 mil, I'd say pretty much anything.
I'm sorry to see Rowand go from the Phils, but I'm so very glad that they didn't sign him to such a longterm, expensive deal. Like I've said before, I don't think he is worth it. (Especially for a team like SF, where he becomes their second highest paid player, next to megaflog Barry Zito.) Rowand has had two fine years, mixed among some other rather mediocre years. If his next two years are like '07, it would be a great signing. If they are like '05 or '06, then not so much. Of course, he did lead the league in intangibles last year, so maybe he is worth it...
The Mitchell Report hits the market around 1400 today. Internet reports say 60-80 players are named in the report. 60-80? That better be per team because I could rattle off a list of 20-40 names in the next minute that I know did 'roids. George Mitchell has been working on this report for a long time, and he's only going to talk about 60-80 players. Whatever, the whole thing is a sad joke anyway.
Carson asked yesterday how anyone would react if any Phillies are listed. My response to Phils being on the list, other than Howard, Utley, or Rollins, will be, "Ehhh." I mean, even though the list is far from inclusive, I expect at least one Phil to be on there and I don't think any name would be surprising except those previously mentioned. And actually, I would be more disappointed than surprised to see those names there because there is still part of me that wants to think that the games' best players aren't cheaters.
As of post time, there aren't any great names out there yet, but there's still plenty of time.