Big League Stew takes an in-depth look at BABIP.
A victory for potheads and statheads alike: Tim Lincecum wins the NL Cy Young.
Joe Posnanski hands out his special brand of anti-awards for managers, pitchers and the least valuable player in each league.
I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but Jason Bay is headed for pure, unadulterated free agency.
It doesn't much matter but Andy Pettitte finally filed his papers and is headed there as well.Now make like the NL Cy Young winner and, in the words of Ray Charles, go get stoned.
Bud Selig says "some teams lost money" last year. He could have just said "the Tigers".
The Shyster breaks out a secondhand story about the corporate culture at GM as a way of explaining that Bud Selig might be trying to cut the fat out of the playoff schedule but he's the reason it's there to begin with.
This is why Ken Rosenthal gets paid the big bucks:
The [Yankees], according to one rival executive, plans to pursue free-agent relievers Rafael Soriano, a right-hander, and Mike Gonzalez, a lefty. The Yankees have liked both pitchers in the past.
However, another source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking says the team prefers to address any bullpen holes from within, using the same strategy that they employed successfully last season.
He gives precedence to a quote from a "rival executive" over a "source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking". How could you possibly justify citing an executive for another team when someone who knows what the Yanks are thinking offers a directly contradictory quote? Because Rosenthal knows that linking the Yankees - however tangentially - to free agents unequivocally equals pageviews. And that's what business aboard the internets is all about.
Just for good measure, let's take a look at how every pitcher who threw more than 10 innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees in 2009 was acquired.
- Mariano Rivera (international free agent)
- Phil Hughes (drafted - 2004)
- Alfredo Aceves (international free agent)
- David Robertson (drafted - 2006)
- Brian Bruney (signed as a free agent, assigned to the minors)
- Phil Coke (drafted - 2002)
- Damaso Marte (trade)
- Mark Melancon (drafted - 2006)
- Jonathan Albaladejo (trade)
- Edwar Ramirez (purchased from an independent league team)
- Chad Gaudin (trade)
- Jose Veras (free agent, assigned to minors)
- Sergio Mitre (free agent, assigned to minors)
- Brett Tomko (free agent, assigned to minors)
The only guys in there that were signed to multi-million dollar free agent deals were Mariano Rivera (who they were never going to let walk) and Damaso Marte who they locked up while they still had exclusive negotiating rights with last year. It's clear what the Yankees philosophy for their bullpen is and it doesn't involve acquiring expensive free agent relief pitchers like Soriano and Gonzalez.