Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SweetSpot Roundup 11/30

Austin's Astros 290 Blog: Where will Berkman go now that Wade and McLane passed?
Austin has Lance Berkman picking out curtains on the North Side of Chicago.

Capitol Avenue Times (Braves): Elephant in the Room, Chipper Jones
"The reasons people think Chipper Jones should retire fall into two categories: uninformed and irrational."

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Brewers sign OF Brandon Boggs
An uninspiring acquisition signals the end of Joe Inglett Era.  Long live Brandon Boggs.

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): Why not, it's Thanksgiving!
Believe it or not, there are reasons to be thankful you're a Cubs fan.

Dodger Thoughts: In starting rotation, sometimes questions beat answers
Could a settled starting rotation actually be a bad thing?

Bay City Ball (Giants): Huff Re-Signs
Chris likes the Huff signing, even though "paying free agents for what they did in the past, and not what they are likely to do in the future is fools gamble. And it goes without saying that Huff has had a weird progression to his career at times."

Mets Today: 2010 Analysis, Jesus Feliciano
Breaking down the Mets' 31 year old rookie outfielder.  Did you blink?  Aw, you missed him.

Nationals Baseball: No Vazquez, No surprise
Harper seems frustrated that the Nats are stuck in neutral this offseason.

Ducksnorts (Padres): I Almost Prayed in Albuquerque, It's Not a Problem for Me
Geoff introduces you to the Arizona League (not to be confused with the Arizona Fall League) on his trip to Cooperstown.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Phillies Best Ever, By Position
For a team that's been one of the worst franchises in baseball history, the Phillies have had a ton of truly great players.  Chase Utley is the latest in a long line.

Redleg Nation: How valuable is...Francisco Cordero
How much is CoCo Codero worth?  Not nearly as much as he's made with the Reds, one of the teams in baseball who can least afford to pay the contract they signed him to.

The B-List Indians Blog: Ordering a Short Stack in the AL West
Steve doesn't see a lot of good trade partners for the Indians in the AL West.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): Rule 5 Possibilities 1, Low Hanging Fruit
The M's have lots of room on both their 25 man and 40 man rosters.  Jon runs through some likely candidates to fill those through the Rule 5 draft.

Weaver's Tantrum (Orioles): Throwing Pie
Felix Pie channels his inner Weaver.  Pie should buy his 1B coach dinner.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Rangers Sign Yorvit Torrealba to two-year, $6.25 million deal
"There's a definite element of risk here, but Torrealba's record indicates that the Rangers are pretty likely to extract above-replacement level production out of him, and that over a span of 350-400 plate appearances he can furnish at least one win above replacement with the potential for something even more substantial."

Fire Brand of the American League (Red Sox):  Should the Red Sox Exceed the Luxury Tax Threshold?
Fire Brand wants you to vote.  Obviously, most of you are going to vote yes.  But, then, it's not your money, is it?

Royals Authority: No News Is Good News...For Now
"I saw a tweet or a comment somewhere along the lines that ‘only losing teams seem to have a need for an innings eater’ and I could not agree more."

The Daily Fungo (Tigers): Martinez is official, but more to come, right?
Mike's got a crazy idea los Tigres might go after Hanley Ramirez.  Good luck.

Ghost Runner on First (Blue Jays): Think Along with Your Favorite Hurler
Drew's learned how to make pivot tables, and the results are glorious.

Nick's Twins Blog: Monday Notes
The Giants need a SS, and the Twins could use a 1B-RF-DH prospect.  The Giants wouldn't be dumb enough to deal Brandon Belt, would they?  Nah, probably not.

Sox Machine (White Sox): RIP Enrico Pollazzo Joaquin, and Logic
Regardless of what Phil Rogers tells you, don't expect to grace the South Side's home clubhouse anytime soon.

It's About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Does the Uribe signing give Jeter's side the "other suitor" they need?
"I know the team wants to hold the line on salaries and there’s a very big part of me that applauds this attempt.  However, to choose Jeter as that guy to stick it to strikes me as misguided and disappointing." Seems to me, it's not the Yankees "sticking it" to anybody, but Jeter choosing to extort as much out of the Bombers as he possibly can (which is his right, but is likely not a winning strategy given his lack of leverage).

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