I like John Donovan of Sports Illustrated. He has two first names. Some cool initials. A thundercock. You know, the sort of things people generally look for in sportswriters. It's too bad, though, that he doesn't have all his facts right in his latest story:
Jose Contreras, SP, White SoxOther teams would probably rather see Sox GM
Kenny Williams make Javier Vazquez available, or Jon Garland. But Contreras
(5-11, 5.32 ERA) is No. 1 on the block. He's 35 with some injury problems, and
his fastball has to speed up to reach into the low 90s. But he's postseason
tested (4-1, 3.77 in 12 games), relatively cheap (what's left of about $6
million) and he has no other strings (a free agent this winter).Prediction:
Contreras is actually signed for $9 million this season (any team that trades for him would be on the hook for "what's left" of that). And he'll be a free agent only after he makes $10 million in 2008... and another $10 million in 2009. Other than that, he's relatively cheap and has no other strings attached.