Going to end this little absent spell with a splash. Starting this lot off with something nice about JP Ricciardi. Yes, I know. It's unbelievable. But bear with me.
He signed Scott Downs to a three-year contract. That's a good thing. Better than the hopes for Scott Rolen and the meagre don't-hate-it signings of Brad Wilkerson and, to a lesser extent, Kevin Mench, there is nothing wrong with the Downs signing. Very good.