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Breaking news from the Department of Obvious Affairs

Sep 10, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

Those of you who thought that Hideki Matsui was going to get a contract extension and Ron Washington was going to be let go need to read this. The 99% of you who didn't think that can move along.

A couple of AL West transactiony things that, upon reading them, made me say “well, duh”:

  • The Angels are not likely to bring Hideki Matsui back next year.  Godzilla has hit pretty darn well over the past month. But it’s still been a down season for him overall, he’s a free agent after the season is over, he’s 36, he can’t play defense anymore and the Angels have given off approximately 136 signals this year that they intend to use Bobby Abreu as their DH next season. But other than that . . .
  • The Rangers are going to bring back Ron Washington as their manager next year. Texas may be struggling right now, but this has been a fine season for them and there have been umpteen stories about how great the atmosphere is in the Rangers’ clubhouse, thanks in large part to Washington. With all of the distractions surrounding the sale of the club — distractions which filtered down through the front office and caused at least some job security anxiety among Rangers’ employees — it would have been easy for gloominess to seep into the clubhouse too. It didn’t, and Washington deserves a lot of the credit for that.

Next reports I expect to see: the Mariners may make a change or two this winter and Jerry Manuel could be on the hot seat in New York.

  1. Johnnyb10 - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    The Yankees are considering bringing back Derek Jeter.

  2. Old Gator - Sep 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    The Feesh will have the lowest payroll in Major League Baseball, and the biggest schmuck of an owner as well.

  3. RickB - Sep 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Shane Victorino will still be from Hawaii.

  4. RichardInBigD - Sep 10, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Is there a hidden message in the story about Washington bringing a good mood to the Rangers clubhouse? Does it come in one of those little jewelry baggies? Do you need a straw to consume this good mood?

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