I disappeared for a bit there, huh? The least exciting post-season of my lifetime and a lack of even tangentially related White Sox news conspired to give me a severe case of blogger's block. We've got another two weeks before things really start to get kicking on the off-season, which should bring me back in earnest.
The answer is obviously yes, but no league is better than baseball at keeping its news on the front (or back) of newspapers on a daily basis in the off-season.
It's a bit ironic, really. I'm a huge baseball fan, but ever since May my interest has waned greatly with the Sox poor performance. I've been waiting, not for the World Series, but for the off-season, the free-agent period, the non-tender deadline (Adios, Pods!), the GM meetings, the winter meetings (yes, they're different), and by the time that's over there's only two or three weeks until pitcher and catchers report. It's not until there's a real lack of baseball being played that some fans (read: me, at least this year) get excited.
The off-season officially began with the handful of players filing for free agency and the first big trade sending Edgar Renteria to Detroit for a pair of very good prospects. Just two years ago, Renteria was run out of Boston in part because of his (poor) defense. Now he's being brought in to displace another short stop whose defense is in decline.
The trade thins the White Sox available trade partners for shortstops, which brings makes the unfortunate Eckstein scenario all the more likely.
Elsewhere, Williams says forget about A-Rod.