Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sunday (Very) Quickie

So many trades, but first....

I'm still choking on Sam Bradford's unprecedented deal. Oh, I know why it was what it was (only $1M more than Stafford's, entirely "reasonable" for a QB taken 1st overall).

But if you remember my bearish analysis for Bradford's future (basically: he can't even handle BYU linemen; how will he handle NFC linemen?), then it is a joke.

(Of course, I don't have nearly the same intense hostility about Eric Berry becoming the highest-paid safety in NFL history, mostly because I think Berry is going to be worth it.)

The rookie salary cap is going to be the least-contentious part of the new CBA. I think everyone -- owners, union, media, fans -- can agree that it makes complete sense.

Lance Berkman will get more national recognition in his brief, career-ending (and probably title-winning) stint with the Yankees than he got in Houston.

(Astros fans can lament the trading away of one of the franchise's most popular and successful players, but they should feel good knowing he could finally win that elusive World Series title.)

More notable trades: Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals; Ted Lilly to the Dodgers; Kerry Wood on the Yankees; Rick Ankiel on the Braves; Chad Qualls to the Rays.

Everyone may be watching A-Rod, but the Yankees' MVP this season remains Robinson Cano -- who had the key HR to send the Yankees past the Rays.

Stud: Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, who hit for the cycle, but did it in the most improbable way possible -- with a walk-off HR to win the game.

Is Rudy Fernandez going to the Bulls? (I'm a Rudy fan and was bummed the Wiz didn't make a stronger play for him.)

More tomorrow morning.

-- D.S.

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