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Bests, Worsts, and Mosts of the Winter Meetings

With the annual baseball winter meetings over, my wife suggested I do a list of “bests”, “worsts”, and “mosts”. A clever idea, except I’m not very good at these type of things.

But, I’ll give it a try, and then ask you to please provide YOUR bests, worsts, and mosts in the comments section. Have some fun with it.

Most Defensive Press Conference: Derek Jeter
No worries, Jetes, I didn’t think you were being greedy. Really. (Not)

Most Offensive Press Conference: Derek Jeter
I, for one, was personally offended.

Most Desperate To Gain Respect: Washington Nationals
7 years and $126M committed to Jayson Werth will do that to a team.

Most Out Of Their Minds: Washington Nationals
7 years and $126M for Jayson Werth should have them committed to an insane asylum.

Most Humorous Response To A Team’s Free Agent Insanity: Sandy Alderson
For his joke, “I thought Washington was trying to REDUCE the national debt.”

Youngest-looking 46-Year-Old GM: Kenny Williams
Seriously, this guy looks like he’s about 31-32, and could still run out to play left field (or flatten a third-base coach

Most Intriguing Former Cy Young Winner Seeking a Coaching Job: Frank Viola

Does he really need to “get his foot in the door”? The guy was a Cy Young Award Winner and threw a better change-up than Johan Santana. As it turns out, it appears the Mets will be interviewing him for a position. Get him to Port St. Lucie in February and attach him to Oliver Perez for six weeks, and maybe the Mets will get something out of that last $12M.

Best Dressed: Harold Reynolds
He always looks sharp, even when demonstrating double-play technique in a three-piece suit — his tie never moves!

Worst Dressed: Terry Francona
During an interview on MLB Network, Francona wore a gray T-shirt that looked like it belonged to his big brother. It wasn’t really THAT bad, but when everyone else is wearing a brand-new suit, it looks kind of sloppy.

Best Six-Gallon Hat: Tracy Ringolsby
Ringolsby used to wear a ten-gallon hat, but due to the Rocky Mountain News folding and the economy, Tracy had to trade down.

Best Hair: Kevin Millar
Much better than Jeter’s.

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Jason Marquis Wants To Be a Met (?)

According to Tracy Ringolsby, Jason Marquis has told his Colorado Rockies teammates that his goal is to sign with the New York Mets this winter. (Hat tip to Ed at MetsFever)

Intriguing report by Ringolsby, and if true, it is no doubt a goal based on economics.

Though Marquis is from Staten Island, we’re told he grew up a Yankees fan, so becoming a Met is not his childhood dream. There’s a possibility that Ringolsby is as confused as Jeff Francoeur. Just as likely, Marquis is smart enough to see that the Mets are in dire need of a solid innings-eater, will likely cheap lose out on the bidding for John Lackey, and in turn look to overpay for a pitcher on the rung below Lackey. Perhaps, someone who is coming off a career year, and therefore appears to be worth the overpayment.

Someone like Jason Marquis.

After all, the Mets overpaid to sign Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, Scott Schoeneweis, and Francisco Rodriguez when those men were on the open market. They overpaid for Alex Cora, Tim Redding, Fernando Tatis, Pedro Martinez, Billy Wagner, and Carlos Beltran. Even when they did and then didn’t sign Yorvit Torrealba, it was for a higher rate than anyone else would give him. In fact, looking at their history since Omar Minaya took over as GM, they’ve overpaid for just about every free agent they signed — no matter what their talent level.

Knowing that, if I were a free agent, I’d also have the goal of getting signed by the Mets — it’s a near guarantee that I’d get more money and/or years than anyone else would offer.

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