January, 25, 2008
News, notes and whatnot while wondering why a bunch of baseball writers don't get together and bribe Jose Canseco to not publish his book at all ... • Joe Posnanski writes the story that should warm the hearts of small-market fans everywhere: The Royals have a shot at Johan Santana. (Also, Joe's book about Buck O'Neil just won the Casey Award. You know what's scary? His next book, about the Big Red Machine, is going to be even better.) • No matter what anybody says, John Sickels is sticking with his A- grade for Red Sox prospect Jed Lowrie. I agree with John. Yes, Lowrie's almost 24. He's also a middle infielder with mid-range power and a .386 career on-base percentage in the minors. Right now, the only thing holding Lowrie back is Julio Lugo's $36 million contract.