Here are several go-to links to make the Monday after the winter meetings a bit more bearable:
- Zack Greinke is switching Southern California addresses. The cream of the free-agent crop agreed to a six-year free-agent contract worth $147 million with the Dodgers. On his website, Chad Moriyama chooses this time not to run the numbers for the 2009 Cy Young Award winner, who is poised to spend what may be the heart of his career — age 29 to 34 years — pitching in Chavez Ravine:
If you’ve followed me in years past, you’d know that I usually do some type of efficiency analysis in terms of whether the deal makes sense on a dollars per WAR basis, but at this stage, with the 2013 payroll already around $235 million, I’m not sure it matters as much.
- Less than 24 hours later, the Dodgers reached an agreement on another rotation piece: 25-year old Ryu Hyun-jin. In addition to a $25.7 million posting fee, the Korean southpaw will receive $36 million over six years.
- Now that the Indians and Mark Reynolds have reached agreement on a one-year deal, does this increase the likelihood that Kevin Youkilis will play third base for the Yankees next season?
- Other signings of note: The Giants re-upped Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro for four years at $40 million and three years at $20 million, respectively; the Reds re-signed Ryan Ludwick for two years and $15 million; the Diamondbacks gave Brandon McCarthy two years and $15 million; and the Nationals gave Dan Haren $13 million for one year. In his evaluation of the Haren signing, Eno Sarris of Fangraphs cautions: “The projections up on this site are upbeat about his chances at a bounce-back, but those projections aren’t privy to the doctor’s reports.” (By the way, congratulations to Sarris and Fangraphs colleague Carson Custilli, as well as to Joe Hamrahi and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus, on their admission into the Baseball Writers Association of America.)
- Nick Swisher is not returning to the Bronx, so where might he sign, wonders SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee?
- One week after dealing starting center fielder Denard Span to the Nationals, the Twins traded his presumed replacement, Ben Revere, to the Phillies. Peter Lyons of The Good Phight approves of this deal for the Phils; Rany Jazayerli of Grantland thinks that Minnesota got a “very healthy return.”
- Over at Going9Baseball.com, Jessical Quiroli interviews Cliff Lee about his experiences years ago at a community college in Mississippi, at the University of Arkansas, and in the minor leagues.
- The Veterans Committee chose three individuals from the pre-integration era for induction into the Hall of Fame: Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O’Day, and barehanded catcher Deacon White.
- Michael Young will not spend his entire big league career in north Texas. The infielder, who joined the Rangers in 2000, was traded to Philadelphia and is expected to play third base next season. Adam J. Morris of Lone Star Ball ponders the look of next season’s roster in Arlington.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!