wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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The return to mediocrity continues - NOW WITH AGONIZING REAPPRAISAL

Twins trade Johan Santana to Mets for $24 worth of glass beads, and some minor league pitchers, which is coals to Newcastle. Fuck, they could have just brought up Denard Span early, kept Santana, and picked up a bunch of spare arms in the Rule V minor league draft. Meet the new boss, just as dumb as the old boss...oh, and I see fan favorite* Nick Punto is still clogging the roster, ready to continue being one of the least productive third sackers in the major leagues. I'm sure glad I have the Nationals to distract me.

UPDATE AND BUMP: Well, maybe fsf_rapier wasn't wrong about this trade after all. Aaron Gleeman's not
too thrilled either
but he likes Gomez and the prospects the Twins got better than I do. Which isn't saying much, but it's better than the "we wuz robbed cuz the new GM's a moron" reaction I had. Gleeman does this stuff for a living, so I'm inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt here, but neither he nor I are happy about the trade.

In other news. I had my annual review today. Yeah, it's kind of early, considering I've been on board for all of two and a half months, but it does lay down a baseline for what they expect of me in 2008 and vice versa. It was as mixed as I expected it to be, but generally good. No raise or slice of the 2007 bonus pie since I came on board so late in the year, but that's okay too. Next year's slice will be even sweeter, judging from the pace at which work is coming in during what is nominally a slow month.

Went shopping at Salvation Army after work; they had no phones, but they did have a pot that'll do for cooking pasta and a good condition pb copy of Red Storm Rising, which I picked up since my copy is packed up and getting kind of ragged anyway.

Predictably, when I arrived home, the stock certificate for my Wells shares was in the mailbox. It would have been nice to send it off to Ameritrade today with the check that made up the remainder of my 401k, but there's no real rush for the shares. I'm going to hang onto them for the next dividend in March and then sell half of them so I can buy something with a better rate of return. It won't be too hard.

*This is sportswriter code language for "useless waste of a roster spot", especially when applied to 30+ utility infielders not named Cal Ripken or Ozzie Smith.
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