3-for-3: A-Rod's Cousin, B. Roberts, F. Gonzalez
1. Well, that didn't take long. Alex Rodriguez's mysterious, anonymous drug-mule cousin (the best made-up nickname for him came courtesy of Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who called him "Cousin It") now has a name: Yuri Sucart.
Welcome to your nightmare, Mr. Sucart.
2. Must say I'm surprised by the news of Brian Roberts' imminent four-year contract extension with the Orioles. For much of the past two years, Roberts was a constant (and willing) subject of trade rumors, making it clear to friends privately that a trade out of Baltimore couldn't happen soon enough to suit him. Since being called up in 2001, he had played for four managers and five GMs, and had a front-row view of the dysfunction that once gripped the Orioles' franchise.
But things have changed under the Andy MacPhail regime, and Roberts's about-face, from someone praying for a trade out of Baltimore to someone willing to sign back up for another four years, is perhaps the clearest signal yet that the Orioles' new direction is changing the perception of the team, from both inside and outside Camden Yards.
It also does not escape notice that the Orioles took the $140 million or so that they offered to Mark Teixeira, who ultimately signed with the Yankees, and spent it on re-upping their two best players, right fielder Nick Markakis and Roberts, with enough left over to bring in a handful of useful free agents from the outside.
3. The news of Fredi Gonzalez's two-year contract extension as manager of the Marlins deserves a mention here in Washington. Why? It serves the highlight the comparatively dicey future of Gonzalez's Washington counterpart, Manny Acta.
Back in 2007, Acta and Gonazlez were linked by their shared status as rookie managers in the NL East and their Hispanic heritage (at the time, there was only one other Latino, Ozzie Guillen, managing in the big leagues). Entering this spring, both essentially were in the final year of their respective deals (Acta's contract, though, contained a team option for 2009, which was picked up, and one for 2010, which has not been).
But here is where their fortunes diverge. While the Marlins clearly value Gonzalez's work enough to commit to two more years, the Nationals have chosen to let Acta dangle, his 2010 option still not exercised.
Let's be honest: If the Nationals valued Acta's work the way Marlins do Gonazlez's, he would have the security of knowing he was on board at least through 2010. Instead, there is a perception that he is managing for his job this year.
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