Baseball Reveille 1/2/12

by Jason Epstein

Good morning and Happy New Year!

Here are several go-to links that will make the offseason a bit more bearable:

  • The Red Sox traded for A’s closer Andrew Bailey and right fielder Ryan Sweeney. In exchange, Oakland will receive right fielder Josh Reddick and two young prospects: pitcher Raul Alcantara and corner infielder Miles Head. Over the Monster’s Matthew Kory discusses the deal from Boston’s perspective, whereas Minor League Ball’s John Sickels has details about the prospects going west.
  • The Padres acquired corner outfielder and San Diego native Carlos Quentin from the White Sox in exchange for two minor league pitchers: Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez.
  • Meanwhile, Chicago inked southpaw John Danks to a five-year extension totaling $65 million with a limited no-trade clause.
  • The Hardball Times’ Matt Filippi examines who the Yankees might consider acquiring to strengthen the starting rotation.
  • “I’m not angry at Albert Pujols. How can I be after all this? He’s provided us with too many impossible moments to chronicle and ferried us to a pair of championships. The past is unchanged, as some philosopher said at some point, probably in the original French.” More on this subject from Dayn Perry of Pitchers Hit Eighth may be found here.
  • Might ESPN’s Keith Law accept a scouting job with the Astros? Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has details.
  • Cot’s Baseball Contracts is now under the Baseball Prospectus banner.
  • St. Louis native and New York Giants outfielder Don Mueller passed away. He was 84. Known as Mandrake the Magician, in 1951 Mueller hit a key single in the regular season’s final game against the Dodgers moments before Bobby Thompson hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”

“JetBlue Park at Fenway South . . . is preparing to open for the Red Sox 2012 Spring Training season.”

That’s it, folks! Only 54 days until pitchers and catchers report!

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