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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  December 10, 2008 11:44 PM

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6. Got a kick out of Johnny Damon's comment to Nick Cafardo about the Sabathia signing. "Well, it's not easy to get guys to play in New York, so maybe signing CC helps us with other guys," Damon said. Good ol' Johnny, still a pleasant mix of brutal honesty and rock-stupidity. I miss him.

7. Anyone who seriously thinks the Sox should pursue Seattle utilityman Willie Bloomquist must have a Darren Bragg jersey buried deep in the closet. Yes, Bloomquist can play several positions adequately, and he's gritty, gutty, scrappy, and even downright Ecksteiny . . . but hasn't anyone noticed that the guy is an absolutely atrocious offensive player? He averages a home run roughly every 210 at-bats, and hasn't had an OPS+ higher than 83 in six full seasons. Let me put this in the most blunt way I possibly can: I'd rather have Julio Lugo as the Sox' chief backup infielder next season.

8. And while we're on the topic of candidates for the Sox' bench, I don't get the howls for a Gabe Kapler sequel, either. Sure, he's a swell guy, and he's proof that chicks not only dig the longball but also routine grounders to third if the player hitting them is dreamy enough. But he's 33, injury-prone, not really a center fielder, and had these adjusted OPS numbers during his three-plus seasons in Boston: 105, 77, 63, 77. We all like him, and he had a nice outlier of a season in Milwaukee after taking a year off to manage in the minors, but the Sox can do better.

9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

Because you can never go wrong with Dewey. Say, think he's interested in being the fourth outfielder?


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