Here are several go-to links that will make the offseason a bit more bearable:
- Two years after he last threw a pitch, Pedro Martinez is set to call it a (slam-dunk Hall of Fame) career. Evan Drellich of MLB.com has details.
- Meanwhile, CBSSports’s C. Trent Rosecrans says that Manny Ramirez is hoping to return to the big leagues.
- Dave Cameron of Fangraphs shares his thoughts on the Jeff Mathis-for-Brad Mills trade.
- Also at Fangraphs, Eric Seidman discusses the Dodgers’ decision to sign pitcher Chris Capuano and likely jettison Hiroki Kuroda.
- The Marlins inked veteran closer Heath Bell to a three-year deal. Christina Kahrl of SweetSpot tentatively endorses the signing; The Common Man of the Platoon Advantage has a decidedly negative view.
- The Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era’s first acquisition is David DeJesus, who was signed to patrol Wrigley’s right field for the next two seasons. MLB Trade Rumors’s Tim Dierkes has details.
- According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, who cited a Miami Herald report, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the Marlins: “They want to understand how, exactly, a group of county commissioners agreed to fund 80 percent of the Marlins new stadium, which cost more than $600 million, without ever seeing the team’s financial records — and whether bribes had anything to do with it.”
- Jeff Sullivan of Beyond the Boxscore lists the top hitters of all time by wins above replacement who threw with their left hand but batted from the right side. No surprise: Rickey Henderson is No. 1. Big surprise: pitcher Mike Hampton is No. 8.
That’s it, folks. Only 82 days before pitchers and catchers report!