Tuesday, August 08, 2006

More-On Krivsky

Federal Baseball has an interesting take on tendingate.

He points out several things that I wish I had thought of.

First, he observes that Kremchek's comments about Majewski being 'ordered' to hide the injury have been removed from the original Enquirer piece. (And he has an interesting take on how far-fetched those claims were with some made-up dialogue!)

Second, he notes that Kremchek said that, even with knowledge of tendinitis and the shot, that he'd have signed off on the trade and that Krivsky likely would've approved it. Meaning, there wasn't really much damage to the Reds; they were going to take him either way.

And finally, he wraps up with some interesting questions that'll need to be answered before we know what's going on.

Check it out!

  • MLB.com spins Bowden's side of the deal. Bowden, as you'd expect of a horse's ass, sounds incredulous.

  • If they did withhold information about the cortisone shot from the Reds, then there's probably something to it, even if Kremchek seems to have indicated that they might've gone ahead with the trade anyway. I still stand by my claim that the Reds should've done 30 seconds of googling to ask about specific injuries, but that doesn't excuse out and out deception.

    One thing to keep in mind is that this trade was NOT a deadline move. There was plenty of time for research and questions on both sides of the deal. Bowden's point about Majewski going out there 11 times and it being almost a month since the deal are interesting ones. And one thing that's going to need to be shown for a grievance is a connection to the injury he's suffering from now and the rotator cuff problem from earlier this year. All we're hearing now is stuff about a 'tired arm', which anyone who's taken a look at Majewski's workload over the last two years cannot be surprised by.

    For whatever it's worth, here's Majewski's game log. It shows the four games he missed in early May, and how well he was throwing before being traded. He got tagged for three runs in the last game before the trade, but had reeled off 9 straight scoreless appearances. He certainly wasn't showing signs of fatigue or tendinitis with the Nats. (Thanks to the shot, I guess -- although it's not clear when he actually received it.)

  • More later as more stories come in....

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