Tuesday’s Morning Links:
Life After Favre Doesn’t Look Promising In Minnesota: In the Vikings first full game without Brett Favre they got a sneak preview, of what next season will bring and it wasn’t pretty. Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb combined for 17 of 35 passing for 126 yards (3.5 yards per attempt) one interception and a rating just over 46. While Brett Favre wasn’t doing a great job for the Vikings this year, he gave them an infinitely better chance to win than Jackson/Webb. Minnesota will need to address the quarterback position in a big way this offseason, and it could be a long rebuilding process if they don’t find the right guy.
Orioles Resign Koji Uehara For $3 million: The Baltimore Orioles made another good move this offseason, after already trading for Mark Reynolds and J.J. Hardy. Uehara found himself as a back end reliever in the Orioles bullpen last season. He’s proven a little injury prone so far during his 2 year MLB career, but a one year deal with a club option is a safe move for the Orioles. Baltimore still needs to add a first baseman/DH and at least one more reliever but so far it is looking like a strong offseason in Charm City.
A’s Are Close To Signing Matsui After Agreeing With McCarthy: The Oakland A’s are close to making two solid additions in pitcher Brandon McCarthy and DH Hideki Matsui. McCarthy was a former top pitching prospect of the White Sox/Rangers who never reached his potential. McCarthy is a good buy low option for the A’s. He is still a young arm who could thrive in Oakland’s spacious ballpark. Matsui is another good signing for the A’s who were one of the worst power hitting teams in the league last season. While Matsui might not be a 30 HR guys any longer (esp. not in that ballpark), he is a solid offensive upgrade for the A’s. With the additions of Matsui and David DeJesus the A’s offense is improving fast. With an improved offense and a quality pitching staff the A’s could make a run at the division this year.