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Why we need a GM: “Say what you will about the departed Phil Savage, he brought in much more talent than what Mangini has. Sure, he missed on some, but the Browns had no Pro Bowl players when Savage arrived and they had multiple selections in 2007 and 2008. I think there’s something to be said for having a true GM bringing in the talent and overseeing the operation. Mangini gets a lot of credit for having two winning seasons in his three years with the Jets, but GM Mike Tannenbaum had quite a bit to do with the player procurement there. I think it goes back to the decisions made last season. When Savage was fired, the move to get a ‘czar’ or GM should have been made first before hiring a coach. However, since it was done the other way, the Browns and Randy Lerner are faced with the dilemma they have now.” [Fred Greetham/The OBR]
Welcome to our world…”If [Cliff] Lee truly wanted to be in Philadelphia — as Roy Halladay did — then he would have given the organization a discount, as Halladay did. Everything Halladay has done and said is exactly what Lee could, should, and would have done if he truly wanted to be with the Phillies.” [Crashburn Alley]
Nope, no money in Cleveland… “This [agreement with Chinese investors] would be the second-largest stake in the Cavs and, all Cold War jokes aside, have major implications for the franchise. Increased attention from China, Chinese advertising and sponsorship … the King James team will suddenly become a truly international operation. The question is, does this make a difference to James? That presumes he even needs help selling himself in China. Then again, that argument certainly sounds more plausible than the “only in New York will he earn” idea that Knicks fans have pinned their hopes on.” [Bethlehem Shoals/The Baseline]
The fourth installment of LGT’s Prospect Preview – these are the guys that should have an impact at the big league level. [Let’s Go Tribe]
And to join Casey Blake… “Free-agent utilityman Jamey Carroll, who played the past two seasons with the Indians, has reached a preliminary agreement on a $3.85 million, two-year contract to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers.” [PD Wire Staff]