Weekly Links for Opening Day

Well, the first game is in the books now,

  • Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes about how the new owner of the Cubs is clearly different from previous owners: out in front of the team, and not in the background. I’ve written about how I think the Cubs will do this season, and I think that the new ownership group, led by Tom Ricketts, will be very good for the organization as a whole. So far, he seems to be doing and saying all the right things.
  • Back during my Prospect Review series, I wrote about Mets’ prospect Jenrry Mejia. I figured then, that he would probably not be up to the Majors until 2012 at the soonest. That assumed that they would keep him starting regardless of what the needs were at the Majors, and clearly, that was not the correct, as he’s made the Mets’ roster as a reliever. I’m not sold that this will be the best thing for his development, but  it could be an interesting one. The Mets’ closer, Francisco Rodriguez, is currently in the 2nd year of a 3 year contract with the Mets, and if Mejia thrives in a setup role, they could conceivably groom him to be the closer in waiting for when Rodriguez’s contract is up.
  • The Marlins’ owner is expecting that the team will make a playoff run this season, after the improvement they showed last year. To me, this seems a bit unrealistic. Spending money on 2 players is better than spending on zero, but the team still needs to grow some more.
  • Jack Cust apparently did not take it very well that he was designated for assignment by the Athletics. I’m guessing a reporter caught him at a bad time, but it was a bit of a surprise to nearly everyone that it happened. I have to imagine that he’s going to take the minor league assignment should he clear waivers, since he will still make his full salary of over $2 million even if he goes to the minors.

Well, there are 5 games on the television today, and I’m hoping to catch at least 1 or two of them. Opening Day is always a whole lot of energy, and hope too.


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