The Giants made a wise signing today, inking Randy Johnson to a one year $8 million deal. Everything one needs to know about the signing Keith Law discusses in his blog. The $8 million may seem a little high to some for a 45 year old pitcher, on a team that wasn’t exactly a good team last season. But for a pitcher who has thrown over 184 innings in four of the last five seasons, that ain’t bad. And three of those seasons were 200+ innings a year. Plus, Johnson is signed to only one year, making it less risky, and as Law points out, the Giants play in a bad division, the worst in baseball. Acquiring Randy Johnson gives the Giants a little more hope that they can compete for the division, although getting a bat is almost imperative. One other thing is that Randy Johnson is close to his 300th win. And the Giants crowd wouldn’t mind seeing a milestone reached that they don’t have to second guess, I am sure of that.
This is Rob Neyer’s take on the Red Sox and Teixeira. Neyer agrees that the Red Sox didn’t need Teixeira. He too explains that the odds are against Lars Anderson ever becoming as good, however, he also adds that Anderson could very well come close to the same production down the road.
Haven’t heard any news on the Red Sox catching situation. Address this, Theo, so whoever the new catcher is can get in as soon as possible and start learning his new staff.