Thursday, December 4, 2008

greene-er pastures

Well, first of all, I feel terrible that I missed the show last night, but so you know, I'm listening to it as I type. Those guys do a super job.

Secondly, I'm not overly thrilled about the Greene trade, but barring news that we traded away somebody good to get him (knock on wood), I'm not overly disappointed either. It could very well turn out to be a good move. I tend to agree with those who have attributed his low numbers last year to (1) Petco Park and (2) playing for the Padres. An example of a player living up (or down, as it were) to the level of his cohorts and the expectations of the team would be none other than Felipe Lopez. He certainly came around when he found himself on a club with a winning attitude, and the same may well hold true for Greene. If we can just keep him from breaking any more bones the stupid way, I think he might just be okay. (And since RenterĂ­a was waaay out of our price range anyway....) The worst part of the whole thing may be that I can't ever seem to spell Kahlil Khlalil Klahill Khalil right the first time I try. What ethnicity is that, anyway?

Update: I just found this (please consider this post to be "in-progress") over on DG's blog...

Greene is a follower of the Baha’i faith, and it is reflected in his name: Khalil means 'friend of God' and his middle name, Thabit, means 'steadfast'.

Well, whatever his religious preference may be, his hair has got to go. Seriously. It's almost as bad as Arroyo's, and that is just unacceptable.

Speaking of Lopez, I'd still like to get him signed. If it takes a two-year deal, I'm truly okay with that. I doubt Moze would give him any more than that, though.

Lastly, in my opinion, Carpenter should either start or he should stop. No bullpen duties for the big guy. Please. That would just be tragic.

Oh, and what about Brad Penny? I'm still waiting to hear we're in talks with him.

Another update (I warned you): Mark Worrell and a player-to-be-named are the chips. How much of the $6.5 million Greene is owed next year we'll have to pay is yet to be determined/announced.