"...although it's been said many times, many ways: Mike Piazza to you."
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I'm happy about singing signing Piazza. He won't quite be Frank Thomas, but he's a good fit. A healthy year from Chavez and Crosby might make up for the difference between Thomas and Piazza. I have hope.
On the other hand, I'm not so sure I like signing Alan Embree and moving Joe Kennedy to the rotation. Kennedy was fabulous out of the pen last year, but I've never seen him do anything but struggle as a starter. I'd rather keep him in a role where he had success.
Plus, I saw enough Alan Embree here in the Bay Area as a Giant to know how flaky he can be. Like Jay Witasick, he can be good at times, and at other times he can get so out of sync that you want to send him to single-A to learn how to pitch again. I don't need that kind of frustration, thank you.
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And while I'm peddling in rumors: can we please have an A's trade rumor that doesn't involve the Mets? C'mon! There are 28 other teams! This same old stuff is getting really boring. I don't care if it's real or not. If nothing else, just make something up. I'm begging you.