Reveille 11/25/13

by Jason Epstein

Good morning.

Here are several links from the past week that will make your Thanksgiving Monday a bit more bearable:

The Rangers, essentially, made a seven-year, $138 million commitment to Fielder, a reasonable investment for several reasons, but mainly Fielder’s age. He does not turn 30 until May. Age, more than any other number, is the primary consideration for teams as they evaluate the wisdom of long-term investments.

I gotta say, though . . . I’m always amused or bemused or x-mused when a writer suggests that a baseball player who’s earned $100 million over the last seven years deserves anything except the respect and gratitude we might extend to anyone else who’s done his job (usually) well and (generally) without making a fuss over himself.

  • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that top officials from the Nippon Baseball League will fly to New York this week to meet with MLB officials in the hope of reaching an agreement on a new posting system. If successful, Masahiro Tanaka stands to be the biggest beneficiary this offseason.

That’s it. Have a walk-off week!

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