Weekend Open Thread

I don’t do this often – okay, ever – but I also don’t usually end up in a situation where I’m away for the weekend right before moving to a new apartment, so I may be without internet until about Wednesday or so. (Feel free to bother me on Twitter, though.)

Something always happens when I’m out of town – off the top of my head, there was the Manny trade and the victory-despite-being-no-hit – so I can’t wait to see what happens this time. Will they sign Carl Crawford? Trade for Zack Greinke? No – of course they’re not, so don’t get your hopes up. The most action we can hope for is that they finally announce the inevitable hiring of Davey Lopes as 1B coach and finalize the coaching staff.

So feel free to use this thread to bounce some ideas back and forth over the weekend. I’ll be back next week with the final three installments of the 2010 in Review series, which are the last two sets of relievers and then one on management. That ought to be fun.

I leave you with two thoughts. First…

Jayson Stark:

Hiroki Kuroda might be 2nd best starting pitcher on market. But hard to believe he won’t go back to #Dodgers. He liked them. They liked him.

I think we all agree that we’d like Kuroda back, but I’m just not sure I see the fit. He could almost certainly get something like 3/$39m on the open market. The Dodgers can’t (and shouldn’t) pay that, but would he really come back for something like 1/$10m? That’s a hefty pay cut for him. I’d probably do it, though.

Second…  it could always be worse:

8:58pm: The proposed deal would be for two years, tweets Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.  An announcement could be made as soon as tomorrow.

7:12pm: The Diamondbacks are closing in on a deal with Geoff Blum, a baseball source tells Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.  The 37-year-old hit .267/.321/.356 in 218 plate appearances this season while dealing with elbow and neck injuries.

The Astros informed the veteran on October 1st that they would pay his $150K buyout rather than exercise his $1.65MM option for 2011.

Two years! It’s one thing to give an old (37), basically useless (hasn’t had a league-average OPS+ since 2002) player coming off injuries a guaranteed contract at all, but for two years! Amazing.