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Reveille 12/24/12

Good morning.

Here are several go-to links to make your Christmas Eve a bit less hectic:

  • According to the defensive-runs-saved metric (DRS), created by John Dewan of ACTA Sports, the Blue Jays and Braves were the top teams in the field in 2012, while the Rockies had the most porous defense.

  • Nick Swisher agreed to a $56 million, four-year contract, including a fifth-year vesting option, with the Indians. Let’s Go Tribe’s Jason Lukehart appears cautiously optimistic based on current player valuations.

  • The Cubs inked Edwin Jackson to a $52 million, four-year deal shortly after giving Carlos Villanueva a two-year gig valued at $10 million. CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney points out:

Jackson is still young enough that he can be a factor when the Cubs project they’ll really start being contenders. But this at least makes the next two bridge years more interesting.

  • Via Nationals Enquirer, is that really you, Santa Danny Espinosa?

  • According to Jacksonville police, former Reds player Ryan Freel, 36, committed suicide last week with a shotgun blast to the head. His big-league career as cut short by a series of injuries, including several concussions. May his memory be for a blessing.

That’s it. To those who celebrate, have a walk-off Christmas!

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.


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