Buster Olney thinks baseball should just get rid of divisions for the sake of competitive balance. The plan would call for the top 5 teams in each league to qualify for the playoffs.
So rather than competing directly with the Red Sox and Yankees every year, the Rays would also be competing with the rest of the American League.
What is the downside? A balanced schedule means more trips to the west coast and the 10pm start times that come with those games. But in the end, that might be a small price to pay for a better shot at making the playoffs each season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rangers called the Rays and asked about James Shields and Matt Garza. [Boston Globe]
- The Angels have signed Scott Downs which probably takes them out of the Rafael Soriano sweepstakes. [ESPN LA]
- The Rays are still looking for “under-the-radar” types, or as Marc Topkin calls it: “reduced prices on the leftovers.” Maybe the Rays should change their name to the Tampa Bay Remoras. [St. Pete Times]
- Leslie Anderson’s agent thinks Anderson will be given a shot to replace Carlos Pena or Carl Crawford. [El Nuevo Herald via Google Translate]
- The real winner in the Carl Crawford sweepstakes? Jason Varitek! [WEEI]
- Flockaball’s take on the Carl Crawford signing and what it means for the Red Sox. [flockaball]