Unit Deal So Close It Hurts; Astros Ink Loretta...,0,3955285.story?coll=ny-spor ts-headlines

It's been relatively amusing reading the headlines for the Unit negotiations the past few days, as it has gone from "close" to "very close" to "oh my god it's soooo close, really, I mean it's like, thisclose."

Basically, it's done. The Unit is outta the Bronx and back in the National League (oh joy) where he will presumably return to tormenting the Cubs a handful of times this year and next.

With this deal the NL West is shaping up to be a a very good race as there are cogent arguments to be made for every team except the Rockies to win the division.  

As far as We-related, in my opinion, the Unit deal means definitively that we will see the Return of Roger Clemens to New Yawk. While I think the Astros will do their best to get Roger back, perhaps to the point of having his wife make "if you ever want to get laid sgain..." and his children "if you don't come back here we'll break your favorite stuff..." videos on their behalf, I think the scales have clearly tipped in the Yankees favor at this point.

Speaking of the Astros, here's something to either shrug your shoulders or be stupid and get really mad about: Mark Loretta to sign.

From reports there and from trusty Rotoworld, Loretta sounds like a supersub or backup at this point, which scares me very little. His decline has been marked over the past two seasons and while returning to the NL and to a hitters' haven should help some, I see him as little more than Mark Grudzielanek at this point. Plus, he'll be fighting with Burke and Biggio for pt, and I see both as better hitters right now.

Not that I'm sitting here cackling because we signed DeRosa, as I have no idea how to predict at this point how he will perform, but it's not as though the Astros found a way to finagle Chase Utley.

And for those of us expecting the Astros or Cardinals to do something big to their respective rotations, I just don't think it's going to happen anymore.  

Maybe the Cards bring back Weaver and Mulder (here's hoping they do, as I believe Weaver's postseason turnaround to be an aberration and I love how Mulder's career arc has gone since he's donned the uniform the color of my wife's sanitary napkins). And maybe the Astros manage to guilt Roger Clemens into staying in Houston, but I doubt it.

The time is more ripe than ever for the Cubs to resurrect themselves and make their mark next year. That being said, why do I get the feeling that somehow our rivals have us right where they want us once again?

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