I went 3-0 against the spread yesterday, which means I won’t win a single game on Sunday. I’m not foolish enough to think I’m suddenly on a roll.
I was greeted with some tragic news this morning. Pitcher Joe Kennedy died early today at age 28.
Kennedy, who was close friends with Aubrey Huff, was visiting his wife’s parents in the Tampa area when he collapsed. His agent, Damon Lapa, told FOXSports.com that Kennedy suffered a heart attack or brain aneurysm. Either way, it was sudden and unexpected.
Kennedy pitched for the Athletics, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays this season. He was a free agent.
In lighter baseball news, don’t expect the Orioles to make any major announcements this weekend. It should remain quiet. And don’t expect any trades before Opening Day that will involve Gary Matthews. That’s just nonsense.
The Orioles have no interest in bringing back Matthews. That’s not exactly the direction they’re looking to go.
The Angels most certainly have another trade in the works with their wealth of starting pitching, but that doesn’t mean the Orioles are next in line. That’s just the assumption among fans and some media types. And you know what happens when you assume.
And while the Angels still could look to acquire a shortstop after dealing Orlando Cabrera, it’s not like there’s a shortage of in-house candidates. Erick Aybar or Brandon Wood could be their solution, though both guys come with questions attached. Aybar might be nothing more than a utility guy, according to some scouts. Wood might not be good enough defensively and he strikes out too much.
Miguel Tejada would seem to be a good fit for the Angels, but clubs aren’t beating down the doors at the warehouse. Andy MacPhail’s office has become a waiting room.
It’s not inconceivable that the Angels still push to acquire Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins and move Chone Figgins to shortstop.
Meanwhile, the Twins appear willing to trade Johan Santana, Joe Nathan and Matt Garza to acquire a third baseman and center fielder. They apparently made Santana a five-year, $93 million offer and were blown away when his agent, Peter Greenberg, gave about 126 million reasons why that wasn’t enough.
The Twins seem willing to exceed the $91.5 million deal the Cubs gave pitcher Carlos Zambrano, but Greenberg is citing the seven-year, $126 million deal the Giants gave Barry Zito.