Wow today has been one of the biggest days of the offseason so far. Here’s a rundown of the action so far today:
- According to Jayson stark of ESPN.com, the Marlins have agreed to terms with top closer Heath Bell on a three-year deal pending a physical. The Padres attempted to trade Bell at the deadline, but decided to hold on to him and attempt to sign him to an extension.
- According to Jayson Stark and Jim Bowden, Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Capuano went 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA with the Mets this season.
- The Padres officially announced today that they have named former Mets GM Omar Minaya as their new Senior VVice President of Baseball Operations. Omar served as the Met Executive VP of Baseball Operations from September 2004 through the 2010 season.
- Lastly, Bobby Valentine was introduced yesterday as Red Sox manager. Despite protests by many throughout all levdels of the organization, ownership decided that he was the right person to put the Sox into their place after the worst September collapse in the history of baseball.
- Bell: Of course this isn’t great. Now, the Mets will have to face an elite closer like Bell more often, which of course, will make games against the Marlins tougher. The contract is three years, so Bell will be 37 when the deal is complete. We’ll have to wait and see how he ages.
- Capuano: This was a given. Capuano was asking for two years when the Mets were only willing to give him one. I don’t think he was worth it, and I think the Mets made the right move by making no move. He didn’t have a great year, and he didn’t live up to expectations, at least the ones I had for him.
- Minaya: Here we go again. At least it’s not with the Mets.
- Valentine: This is great for the Red Sox. Valentine, no matter how angry the players and some in the front office were about this decision, is a very good manager. He will crack down on fried-chicken-eating, beer-drinking players and will ultimately lead them to a championship. Great choice Boston.