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Don’t make Doc the new Sundin

What’s the difference between Roy Halladay and Mats Sundin?

Doc wants to win.

(Sorry, eyebleaf, I know Mats wanted to win, too, but stick with me.)

At the top of their professions, both guys were stuck on mediocre Toronto-based teams. Both guys were coveted by basically every team in their leagues. Both guys had no-trade clauses. Both guys seemingly wanted to finish their careers in Toronto. Both guys were subjects of hysterical trade rumours. Neither guy wanted any part of the media circus. And now, with the latest out of Doc’s camp, neither player is willing to be a rental during the last year of their contract.

If you can believe Doc’s agent, Halladay will approve a trade during the off-season. But if he starts spring training as a Blue Jay, he’ll end the season as a Blue Jay.

That, as ESPN’s Buster Olney says in the link above, means the Jays will only get two draft picks in compensation instead of whatever haul a trade would bring in. He also says it’s now “less than 50-50” that a trade will happen in the off-season because Doc’s contract expires after 2010. Guess he hasn’t heard that the Jays are allowing a window for potential trade partners to negotiate an extension.

Personally, I hope Anthopoulos gets a deal done ASAP. Doc will get a chance to win and the Jays will get something more than draft picks in return. I’ll miss Doc, and it would be cool to see him carve up Toronto’s opponents for one more year, but he deserves better than the idiocy Sundin had to deal with during his last year in Toronto.

Link Dump

• Griffin sets the record straight on what went down last season in regards to Doc and how Ricciardi didn’t botch the trade talks.

• No surprise here, but A.J. wants his bestest bud in the whole world to join him in New York.

• Think this Halladay situation is bad? Imagine you’re a Twins fan. Not only is Mauer arguably the most valuable player in all of baseball, he’s from the Twin Cities.

• Matt Stairs now has a street named after him in his hometown of Fredericton, N.B.  The street is right outside Royals Field, where Stairs got his start with the Fredericton Royals of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League.

• As Bud Selig gets ready to step down, Federal Baseball says good riddance. And they’re right. The way he treated the Expos was disgraceful.

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The meaning of valuable

Baseball awards are a funny thing. Everybody seems to have a different definition of what each award means. Should the rookie of the year award go to a pitcher or a position player, and how do you compare the two? Should wins or WHIP or ERA or even more advanced stats be used to determine the Cy Young winner? Just what does the valuable in MVP mean?

To me, the easiest way to avoid the main problems associated with the MVP award would be to change the name to the MOP (most outstanding player).

Joe Mauer won the MVP this year and he did it almost unanimously. But if he hadn’t led the Twins to their improbable playoff berth, would he have won the award? We’ll never know, but when it looked like the Twins would finish out of the playoffs, there sure was a lot of noise about how “a player can’t win the MVP if his team didn’t make the playoffs!” If the award were the MOP, that wouldn’t have been a concern.

No matter though. The Twins made it and Mauer won the award.

But still, what does valuable mean? If you look at Mauer’s stats in terms of the money he earned, he did not represent the best value to an American League team in terms of dollars spent. (If you accept Joe Posnanki’s intriguing argument that Mauer’s actually worth $30 million per year, then maybe you can make a case.)

No, based on numbers calculated by Canadian Business, in terms of dollars spent per performance, Toronto’s Adam Lind led the Major Leagues in dollars spent per RBI and per total base. He also led the American League in terms of dollars spent per run created, per home run and per hit.

Admittedly, Lind’s value is so high because he’s not yet arbitration eligible, but that’s not the point. The point is that valuable is a very subjective term. There’s no point in getting your knickers in a knot because some Seattle-based writer voted for Miguel Cabrera. No, I don’t understand why he did it, either. But who knows how that guy defines valuable?

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