Chris Antonetti’s Genius: The Early Years: Back in 2008, when Chris Antonetti, the man that brought Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe to Cleveland, was still the Assistant GM, he was given charge of negotiating Carmona’s contract. He responded by giving Carmona the highest amount of guaranteed money ever (at the time) for a pitcher not eligible for arbitration. Carmona was going to be a Super Two guy. One would thing the GM would handle a negotiation of that importance, but Mark Shapiro had more pressing duties, like signing Matt Ginter and Scott Elarton.
Mitch Talbot is Gone, Daddy, Gone. The Tribe removed him from the Forty Man Roster in October. Talbot signed a $300,000 contract with a the Samsung Lions in Korea, meaning no one else in Major League Baseball wanted him either. The Indians didn’t need Talbot because they acquired Lowe for big bucks 9relatively speaking) to get that sort of performance.
The Security Exchange Commission is investigating the Florida Marlins. Imagine that. It appears the Marlins are so dirty that even the SEC is turning their heads.
Jeff Mathis is no longer an Angel as he was traded to the Blue Jays. A parade is scheduled in Anaheim, but Mike Scioscia is vowing revenge.