News that the Phillies made an offer to Derek Lowe generated 247 comments on Metsblog this morning, prompting readers to urge Omar Minaya to sign, roughly, every free agent available.
The more pragmatic proprietor, Matt Cerrone, envisions a Huston Street-Jon Garland-Francisco Rodriguez offseason haul, listing Aaron Heilman and prospects as his trade chips. This is the part where I should make some comment about New York overvaluing their own, but this is a town where shortstop prospect Jason Donald has suddenly become a folk hero because he hit well in Arizona. Everyone hits in Arizona. (Screencapture courtesy of Matt Cerrone's video mailbag / counseling session).
Friday notes: The world champs will visit Baseballtown Jan. 22 at the Reading Crowne Hotel, formerly the Sheraton Reading Hotel. Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro are scheduled to attend, with players to be announced later. ... Blogging audiologist Dr. Tom Goyne ran an interesting breakdown measuring Pat Burrell’s offensive production against his defensive faults and advised against spending a fortune to bring back the Bat. ... For what it’s worth, Baseball America ranked Adrian Cardenas, part of the Joe Blanton trade, fifth best prospect in Oakland’s minor league system. Since Blanton helped them win a title, no regrets there, even if Cardenas turns out to be the best thing since sliced bread.