Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 11/16

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): Sox Add Lefty Andrew Miller to Stockpile 
The Sox pick up the much less interesting of the former top prospects from the Miguel Cabrera trade that the Marlins puzzlingly unloaded last weekend.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Sock removed, 'Sox' added to road gray jersey 
Jim with some nice insight, but this is one of those things people get all worked up over in the offseason but won't spend two minutes thinking about once games start being played again.  Right?

The B-List Indians Blog: Beating the Bushes in the A.L. East
Continuing the hunt for the next Cleveland third baseman, Steve is searching for options in other guys' minor league systems.

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Former Tigers' GM Bill Lajoie: "I didn't want to be the Detroit general manager."
Murray Chass did something interesting?  Now I've seen it all.  This actually does sound like a cool bit (but I'm never going to look at it--the Chass piece, that is. Definitely look at the Mike McClary piece.)

Royals Authority: The Moustakas Plan
When does the first big Dayton Moore prospect hit Kansas City, and when should he?

Nick's Twins Blog: The Flip Side of Morneau's Complaints
Yeah, that's the thing that immediately hit me.  Morneau tried to pass his comments off as unselfish, team-centric...but he plays on a team of mostly fly-ball pitchers who would be KILLED by a home run-friendly park, and only a couple real home run hitters (mostly just him).  Really, Justin?

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Yankee Stadium ticket prices going up
Starting 2010, the Cubs had the highest ticket prices in baseball.  That just seems wrong on so many levels. Of course, I'm sure the Wrigley prices are going up again, so they probably still are the highest.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Fly, Fly Away
Another great tribute to the great Dave Niehaus.

The Ray Area: So, when are they moving to San Antonio?
People love to rip the Rays' attendance. Why aren't we hearing anything about the other successful Tampa Bay pro sports franchise that can't draw any fans (the one whose stadium, I can tell you, is infinitely easier to get to)?

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Sunday Morning Open Thread: Five Questions
Five interesting Ranger-related questions to ponder (and a bunch of reader-ponderers).

Capitol Avenue Club (Braves): Pursuing Dan Uggla would be a mistake
I love titles that really level with you.  You know what this one's about.  Read on, of course, to find out why an offensively-challenged team wouldn't want a two-time All-Star, 30-homer-a-year 2B.

The View from the Bleachers (Cubs): Who Do You Like?
The author's all-time favorite Cubs, with some lively reader participation in the comments.  We have a confirmed Rick Wilkins sighting!

Redleg Nation: The Left Field Conundrum
Short, but important.  What to do with the Reds' biggest 2010 weakness (all those RBI notwithstanding)?

Dodger Thoughts: Kuroda Deal is Done for $12 Million
"Take this with a grain of salt for a guy earning eight figures, but this one wasn't all about money. He could have gotten a bigger deal elsewhere."  That amazed me when I read it, but he was, quietly, damn good in 2010.

Mets Today: 2010 Analysis: Jose Reyes
"Jose Reyes ain’t young anymore. He is 27 years old now and will be 28 next June – the age when most players enter their prime years. After 130+ healthy games and the thyroid issue seemingly behind him, Reyes is primed for the best season of his career. The question is, will there be a strong influence on the bench reminding him to be patient and disciplined – the way he was under Randolph and Down?"

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): On Awards and Voting
Some thoughts on award voting and Dejan Kovacevic's Piratastical ballot.  Look, I'm all for measured and balanced and reasoned and all that, but sometimes crazy is just crazy, and nobody needed to see Kovacevic's "reasoning" to know he was just crazy.

Ducksnorts (Padres): Cameron Maybin: When a Player's Perceived Value Plummets, That's the Time to Grab Him
Again, I love it when a headline does all the work for me.  I loved this trade for the Padres.

Fungoes (Cardinals): Best Free Agents that Elias Forgot
This is probably my third roundup in a row making this same statement, but good golly, it's amazing how awful that Elias system is.  If there's anything in sports that makes less sense, I don't even want to know about it (NCAA doesn't count).

Nationals Baseball: NL ROY Question
"If you voted for Posey, then I assume it was based on a 'he was better when he was out there' line of thinking. But if that's the case, why not vote for Strasburg then?"  It seems like an easy enough question to answer, but I link, you decide.

And on The Platoon Advantage: Bill with some historical perspective on Posey vs. Heyward.  Also, a bit later, a guest post from the always inventive Jeff Polman.

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