I don't really like to read the transactions every day, even though I know I should.
But, especially this time of year, it is not about laziness. I just like trolling through two or three days worth, where there might be something substantive to look at, rather than one day with a smattering of disinteresting (eg, Matt Herges signed to a minor league deal with KC) ones.
It does, however, always crack me up to see the names and get not just the yo-yo nature of being a ball player, but as with any relationship, how hard it is to break it off.
Witness Mark Grudzielanek, who signed a minor league deal with the Indians. A few months back I was looking at values, and Grudz consistantly was a guy not drafted who wound up giving very good numbers, so I would not sell him short. Still, his roto value is probably as much of a pipe dream as getting a full time job is, but, well, among some of the other names of less stature who were in the same transaction cycle:
Russ Ortiz, signed to a deal with the Dodgers
Dan Johnson, signed to a deal with the Rays
Lenny DiNardo, signed to a deal with the Athletics
Brian Bocock, designated for assignment by theGiants, followed by
Brian Bocock, acquired off waivers by Toronto
Transactions are the essence of a player's career, to some extent.
They are also a treasure trove of head scratching "hmmmmmmmms."
In a good way.