Middle infielders.. damn it. anything 456 -> 3 makes baseball a better game, doesn’t it? I’m fascinated

7/$210 (deferred so that it’s paid over 14 years). James Shields is the only big name left on the board unless you count trades.

The voters were straight up proper in putting Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio in the HOF.

It’s hard for me to look at the roster and not think that guys like Raines are getting shorted because nobody cares about the guy who was second place (but really wasn’t) to Rickey.

Also, how did nearly 10% of voters not like Pedro? How many people that vote for this award actually watch baseball. Did they see how dominant Martinez was? It can’t be a personality thing, because 97% voted Randy Johnson, who was by all accounts not too cuddly. Donny Baseball will have to go the management track.

Vote Raines 2016.

2 years for Koji a long while back; he was obviously worn down by August last year. Hopefully the upside of no playoffs is a rested, realistic Uehara who knows his limits but still brings the pinpoint location and crazy deception of 2013 and most of 2014.

David Ross went to the Padres (I’m surprised the Cubs didn’t snatch him to give Lester a security blanket).

Middlebrooks was traded to those same Padres for backup catcher Ryan Hanigan (I imagine the young, hopefully up and coming Vasquez will see something like two-thirds of the starts, though).

Down-year Breslow got 2 million for a year to come back to the Red Sox. If he’d been coming of 2013 to free agency, dude would have gotten paaaaaaaid. Boola boola. Go Bulldogs! (I’m a Yalie, too.)

Promising, 30-year-old reliever Anthony Varvaro was traded from the Braves after a DFA.

I think Burke Badenhop (who proved valuable in the bullpen last year) might be the only 2014 Red Sox not accounted for right now.

Who gets Scherzer? Who gets Shields? Will Amaro listen to any reasonable offer for Hamels?

C.C. Sabathia, as part of a group of 12, was booked for a flight to Jamaica but showed up too close to departure for boarding and was denied passage. He and his entourage went on a later flight. Supposedly, he started freaking out when he was told that he couldn’t board.

Been there, been there. From last season to this coming, who doesn’t want to get away?

Hiroki Kuroda is returning to Japan.

Also, is shuttering.

The Yankees are losing too much good shit.

Four years, 56M-ish. Hey, that’s Johnny Damon money, even a bargain. They must see something there.

Well, we have a rotation now. So two months of pointless Lester starts and a couple minor leaguers net us the upward-trending Porcello. Pretty good. Masterson I’m not positive on, but he improves the team, no doubt. At least there are no more “well, let’s just hope someone from AAA steps up” spots in the rotation. Now to see if any of this is a precursor to a Hamels or Shields type move…

Brian Cashman just called ARod fat.

Meaning, the Yankees GM just found a way to make the team a bigger joke.

Former Diamondback and slightly above-average innings eater with 3 years until free agency on the way for two guys with upside who haven’t put it together (and another minor leaguer as yet unnamed). That’s not nothing on a staff that’s otherwise Kelly, Buchholz, ???, and ???.

6/155, vesting option for seventh year could bring it to 7/170 (ages 31-37). Turned down more guaranteed money from Giants (though California taxes might have made that moot), claims the chance to bring the Cubs a championship is a significant factor in his decision. Sox topped out at 6/135.

Cubs probably won’t regret this first couple/three years…seem likely to after that (and Lester was not exactly fantastic from 9/2011 to 6/2013 a lot of the time). But it still hurts to see one of your own go that had a big hand in two championships (and clearly the runner-up MVP in the 2013 World Series). I’m glad the Sox held the line, as that’s too rich for my blood. Maybe they should have been a little more generous with their extension offer early last year, but that’s water under the bridge.

Godspeed, Lester. I’ll root for you and Maddon (as much as he sometimes puts me off, he’s a good manager) to win a Series anytime it’s not against the Sox.

Bye, Davey.

By the way, who is the Goliath? Betances?

The Yankees have traded Shane Greene to Detroit, who send two pitchers to the Diamondbacks, who send Didi Gregorius to fill Jeter’s vacancy. I admit that I didn’t know who Didi Gregorius was until 15 minutes ago. Supposedly he has a cannon of an arm and plus range. His slash is pretty terrible, but at least based on the small number of appearances in the majors so far it looks like he can take a pitch and he’s bargain-priced. Fingers crossed.

Hanley Ramirez to Boston. 5/$90-ish. Sweeeeeeeeet.


For Giancarlo Stanton. Seriously.

I have seen more than one source (including this piece by Posnanski) reference how the Royals are shifting the postseason paradigm. Apparently the long held belief that starting pitching is the key to postseason success is under question (after the Royals’ deep run and maybe considering the Red Sox’ success in the face of the Tigers’ starters last season), and this “three incredible guys in the bullpen” template is the new key to victory.

I have two words to respond to this idea: Madison Bumgarner.