From the San Diego Union Tribune’s Bill Center.
The Padres and free agent Brian Giles (above) have agreed to a new contract that will guarantee the outfielder $30 million and could be worth $36 million over the next four years, the Union-Tribune has learned.
Giles, who will turn 35 before the start of the 2006 season, will make $9 million each of the next three seasons. Plus, the club holds an option for the 2009 season at another $9 million against a $3 million buyout.
This development may ultimately have no impact on Johnny Damon’s asking price, though it is interesting to note that Giles wasn’t able to command more than 3 guaranteed years from the Padres.
It does however, kill the predictions expoused on yack radio today that Toronto were poised to blow all competitors out of the water with a massive offer to Giles. XM’s excruciating Charley Steiner proposed that the Blue Jays are always faced with overpaying “because guys don’t want to play in a foreign country. They want to watch “SportsCenter”. Not the Canadian “SportsCenter”, either. They want to see baseball highlights, not curling!”
Somehow, the likes of Joe Carter, Rickey Henderson, Fred McGriff and Roger Clemens found Toronto to be a hospitable enough work environment , so much so that Clemens was able to overcome the language barrier on the way to winning two Cy Young Awards.
From the Boston Globe.
The struggling Boston Bruins traded captain Joe Thornton (above) to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in exchange for three players.
The Bruins get forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart for Thornton, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Boston in August and was once thought to be the future of the franchise.
This season, the 26-year-old Thornton has nine goals and 24 assists for Boston, which has lost nine of its last 10 games and is in last place in the Northeast Division.
San Jose are also winless in their last 10, which begs the question which of these two teams is bailing on the season. That question aside, it’s impressive that the Bruins managed to keep a player making Thorton’s money on their payroll for all of 3 months.
From Billboard.com :
Jerry Garcia’s dishwasher, toilets and other home appliances will be auctioned by a nonprofit group hoping to raise more than $100,000. The items, which also include stereo cabinets, cupboards and a freezer, will be available for bidding on the online auction site eBay from Dec. 18-24.
Revenue will benefit the Sophia Foundation, a San Francisco Bay area nonprofit that aids children and families during marital separations and divorces, said the group’s chairman, Henry Koltys.
“There’s a lot of Deadheads out there with money, and they want a piece of Jerry somehow,” he said.
This sounds like an excellent way to help a deserving charity. Perhaps the North Shore Animal League can ask Jerry Only to auction off his weed wacker?
The Guardian reported this morning that Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric has been denied permission to interview Rangers manager Alex McLeish, and Southampton assert they’ve not consented to allow Harry Redknapp to discuss a possible return to Pompey.
Sheffield Wednesday have allowed Portsmouth to negotiate with the former’s current manager, Neil Warnock, a fascinating turn given he’d earlier expressed no interest in the job.
(Luis Garcia, scoring Liverpool’s first Wednesday night)
There’s a duel for the affections of CSTB’s eyeballs this afternoon, as FSC is featuring Liverpool at Sunderland (the visitors ahead, 2-0, with neither goal by Peter Crouch, predictably enough), while Setanta has Wigan’s 4th round Carling Cup tie with Newcastle (0-0 with about 7 minutes left). With all due respect to the White Sox and Los Angeles Clippers, Wigan are the surprise team of 2005.
After missing last night’s loss to old coach Mo Cheeks while on the inactively suspended / psuedo T.O.-list, Rip City has become Ultimatium City for Porland’s Ruben Patterson. From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick.
Ruben Patterson on Tuesday said that he is prepared to spend the rest of the season on the inactive list unless the Trail Blazers find a way to play him 25 minutes a game.
Patterson, who was suspended last week for two games, then placed on the inactive list for complaining about his playing time, is scheduled to meet in Portland with Blazers general manager John Nash and coach Nate McMillan either Thursday or Friday.
Nash and McMillan on Tuesday said the meeting will be to determine whether Patterson can accept a reserve role in which he plays limited minutes behind Darius Miles and Zach Randolph. Patterson averaged 19.3 minutes in the first eight games this season — down from the 28 minutes he averaged last season — which included an average of 16.3 minutes in his past three games.
“I don’t think my role of playing 13 or 15 minutes a game is acceptable,” Patterson said from his home in Columbus, Ohio. “I deserve to play 25-plus minutes, but if they want me to play 12 minutes (like he did in his last game against New York), then they can just put me on the inactive list. I mean, those are rookie minutes.”
McMillan said he can’t foresee Patterson getting 25 minutes a game.
“I think those are starter minutes,” McMillan said. “I don’t know how you can give someone off the bench 25 minutes. I mean, he’s at a position that Miles (38.5 minutes a game) and Zach (37.8 minutes) are playing.”
Patterson watched the Blazers’ 107-83 loss to Philadelphia on television Tuesday, then called afterward to get a report on what the team was saying. When told that McMillan didn’t see him getting 25 minutes, Patterson scoffed.
“Well, I ain’t going to play then,” he said.
Writes Sam Hunt, “finally, a church that speaks my language”. (pic from Shakespeare’s Sister)
5 years, $60 million and all the eye-liner tips Jay Mariotti can dish out for 1B Paul Konerko, who today agreed to re-sign with the Chicago White Sox.
Coupled with Jim Thome, the heart of the White Sox order should be even more dangerous in 2006, and that’s not even taking into account the fact that Carl Everett is way overdue to go nuclear on a club employee or member of the working media.
The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec reports that free agent 1B Paul Konerko has turned down the Orioles’ proposed 5 year, $65 million deal. The Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzalez writes that Konerko, who lives in Scottsdale, would prefersigning with a club that has their spring training in Arizona.
Both the White Sox and Angels fit such a requirement, though there is speculation the White Sox are worried about Konerko’s health.
One unnamed Sox official was leery of extending an offer to Konerko, 29, to a fifth year because of an arthritic hip condition.
Neither White Sox GM Ken Williams nor Craig Landis, Konerko’s agent, returned telephone messages. Some Sox officials, however, were privately upset that Konerko’s hip condition became public.
Although not known for his speed, Konerko’s durability hasn’t been an issue since he joined the Sox before the 1999 season. He hasn’t been on the disabled list since April 1997 with the Dodgers’ Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate.
Konerko has played in 151 games or more in four of the past five seasons, including a season-high 158 in 2005. Konerko’s only noticeable injury during the 2005 season was a stiff lower back that caused him to miss two games in August against the New York Yankees.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s TR Sullivan writes the Texas Rangers have made an offer to former Astros/A’s/Mets reliever Octavio Dotel, and their shopping list might also include Braden Looper.
Metsblog notes that the Sporting News’ Ken Rosenthal — having a pretty amazing off-season of his own — pointed out that Cliff Floyd has a no-trade clause in his Mets contract that precludes his being dealt to Boston. So that’s one less bargaining chip for a potential Manny Ramirez trade.
MLB Trade Rumors.com is fanning the flames behind a Brad Wilkerson for Ronny Cedeno swap between the Cubs and Nationals. Which means this is as good a time as any to congratulate Roger Cedeno on receiving no speeding tickets recently (that we know of).
Described by the Chicago Sun-Times’ John Jackson yesterday as having moved from the inactive list to “the really inactive list”, F Tim Thomas could conceivably end up back in a Knicks uniform writes the Newark Star-Ledger’s David Waldstein.
The Knicks are starving for a starting small forward, and Larry Brown acknowledged yesterday that if Tim Thomas (above) were still on the Knicks, he would have been playing substantial minutes instead of sitting on the bench as he has been doing in Chicago.
“He’d be playing a lot of minutes here,” Brown said.
“You can’t comment on anything,” Brown said. “I don’t know if he’s a free agent or still on the team or anything. Do I like Timmy Thomas? Yeah, I like Timmy Thomas a lot. I drafted him.”
Chicago GM John Paxson said it was against league rules to trade Thomas back for Davis, but the Knicks do have a perfect match in Penny Hardaway. They make roughly the same money ($14 million) and are in the last year of their contracts. Hardaway has barely played this season — due to tendinitis in his right knee and because he doesn’t fit into Brown’s scheme.
Chicago would initially look elsewhere for more in return than just Hardaway’s expiring contract, hoping to use Thomas to acquire a valuable asset later in the season. But if they are just looking to clear more cap space for next summer, Hardaway provides that.