The Rumors...

...I'm sick of them already. Ranking the rumors:

  • Lincecum for Jay Bruce - Nice and interesting rumor with a smoky nose and peaty aftertaste. Subtle complex flavors. I'm not sure if I'd like the trade, but I'd enjoy this rumor again. A-
  • Lincecum for Alex Rios - Strong and unpleasant acidic bite. Aftertaste is not unlike licking a bus station urinal. This rumor really feels rushed, and the quality obviously suffers from the impatience. I do have a question about this passage:
    The Blue Jays braintrust spent part of the day in their suite viewing videotape of Cain and Lincecum. The latter has electric, Burnett-type stuff. His delivery is a whirling, back-bending one that puts heavy torque on his side, but he threw that way throughout high school. The Blue Jays are split, with some believing Cain is a more polished pitcher better suited to the rigours of the American League East.
    Great description, but the author didn't tell us where the box of Kleenex was. You'll get one of those pitchers only if you pry them out of our cold, dead hands, Toronto. The rumor gets a D- for scaring the bejeebus out of me.
The trade will be Edwin Encarnacion for Noah Lowry. I'm not astute enough to know if that's going to be enough for either side, but it makes too much sense to not happen. It seems like the Giants could ask for a bit more than Encarnacion, so the real question will be if the Giants can squeeze Joey Votto out with Jonathan Sanchez, Brad Hennessey, and friends as a part of the deal. Probably not, but a fella has to dream.

Open Winter Meetings Thread.

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