Dusty on Fogg; Gonzo on his son
Early morning blogging:
Dusty Baker on the possible Josh Fogg signing: “I don’t know? Has he he’s signed yet? I haven’t talked to Wayne (Krivsky) this morning. He told me he had been on the phone yesterday, most of the day, trying to do something.”
Then Baker did something Krivsky doesn't do, he answered the hypothetical question about what a Fogg signing would mean: “He appears to getting better. Plus, if he can pitch in Colorado, he pitch anywhere. He was a pretty big man for them down the stretch, so you know he’s not afraid of big games. It gives us another guy who knows how to pitch. If one of our young guys isn’t ready, it gives them time to get ready.”
I asked Alex Gonzalez how his son was doing. "Good," he said. When I asked a follow-up, he politely said he didn't want to talk about it. That's not just a media thing with him. I've asked a couple of teammates what they've heard and they said Gonzalez just doesn't like to talk about it.
Back to Fogg: My thought is if you can get him without giving up anyone, it makes more sense than trading Homer Bailey or Johnny Cueto for Joe Blanton. Fogg's ERA at Coors last year was 5.97. It was 4.15 on the road. Blanton's ERA was 2.69 in Oakland. It was 5.11 on the road.
Add in the fact that Fogg makes $2.7 million less than Blanton and it makes sense. If you're paying a guy $1 million -- pocket change in today's baseball -- you don't feel obligated to put him the rotation. And that $2.7 million could go toward eating a contract, if you know what I mean.