The holidays are over, the calendar has turned, but baseball is still quite a ways away and the Angels have done little to improve the team for weeks. The waiting is the hardest part.
Tomouki Sugamo is no longer waiting around. He didn’t get an MLB offer to his liking and is headed back to Japan.
Not waiting around are the NY Mets, who acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in what can only be considered a salary dump. Cleveland fans see yet another franchise icon move on to greener pastures, reinforcing the fact MLB is a two tiered system.
While the Mets make a big splash for contention and hope to keep Lindor long term, the Cleveland payroll for 2021 is not down to about $40 million. Or Albert Pujols and a decent reliever.
Our own Jessica DeLine laid out a plan to acquire Carrasco in her off season piece. That package looks steep compared to what Cleveland took.
Perhaps the Angels are counting on internal improvements to contend again. There’s a laundry list of guys who could conceivably take a step or two forward this year. Brent was way ahead of them on Barria, and how is Suarez still only 23?
Really, why would you folks go anywhere else? And how can we get Brent out of the meddlesome full time career thing so he can just write great stuff for us?
While we’re waiting around, check out HBO’s new documentary on C.C. Sabathia. He bares his soul and his family discusses his battle with alcoholism.
I’ve long been a fan of CC’s because of his extensive charity work. From buying uniforms for entire Little Leagues to handing out king sized candy bars on Halloween, CC has always given back to the kids. Check out his foundation.
Can’t think of pitching and substance abuse without thinking about Dock Ellis. His first hand rendition of his no hitter on acid is classic. His name will always be synonymous with that day. But the second half of his life, in which he was an activist and advocate for sobriety and helped many others escape that nightmare is overlooked. There’s your longform read for this week.
Taking advantage of the winter lull is Taylor Cole. You might remember our interview last month where he said he was launching an online baseball academy. Strut Academy is up and running and well worth a follow on IG.