Here are several links from the past week that will make your offseason Monday a bit more bearable:
Let’s consider the team at each position: is it better to sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7/$153 contract, or is it better to work out an extension with Brett Gardner, a player who is almost the same player as Ellsbury, but still under team control and not perceived as an elite player.
With deference to Ellsbury’s superior talent, I think the wise decision would’ve been to try and extend Gardner, who would demand far fewer years, and far fewer dollars than Ellsbury. Gardner, for a long time, has been the forgotten man on a team of big-name players: an All-Star level player who has never made an All-Star team.
- A solid analysis of the recent three-way trade between the Angels, Diamondbacks, and White Sox featuring Mark Trumbo and five other players comes courtesy of the Hardball Times’ Brad Johnson.
- Among the many transactions that took place last week include a four-year, free-agent agreement with Omar Infante (Royals), three-year contract extensions for James Loney (Rays) and Charlie Morton (Pirates), two-year extension for Juan Uribe (Dodgers), and a two-year, free-agent deal for Bartolo Colon (Mets).
- Tim McMaster and Marlon Anderson of MLB Network’s Hot Stove discuss the decision by MLB’s Rules Committee to remove the home-plate collision from the game. Somewhere in America, Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation, a longtime proponent of a rules change, is dancing a victory jig.
- It’s not too early to plan a spring-training visit to watch your favorite team recover from the winter doldrums, as evidenced by this fan post on the Gaslamp Ball web site.
- Would Russell Wilson ever forgo the quarterback position for a spot in the middle of the infield? Probably not, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com explains why the Rangers may have used their pick in the Rule 5 draft to select the one-time Asheville Tourist (single-A) second baseman and current Seahawks passer.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!