I’m in Nashville for baseball’s winter meetings, and the news is beginning to come in fast and furious. Here’s an easy link for my reaction to signings and trades as they come down.
Today, the meetings kicked off with Alfonso Soriano speculation — I tried to figure out how much of his contract the Cubs would have to swallow to send him away — and then a big Giants signing, Angel Pagan. Giants fans may remember the last World Series hero that was signed to a big contract after the team won it all, but Pagan is no Aubrey Huff.
Last week, I covered two topics that couldn’t be more different. The first was a big, red-letter, 163-comment free-for-all in which I argued that it was pretty much impossible to trade Giancarlo Stanton because he had too much surplus value and no other team matches up well with the Marlins. The second? It was about relievers without fastballs, otherwise known as the most fungible pieces in baseball. Seven comments. Not surprising.
In fantasy work, I took a look at Andrew McCutchen and compared him to Barry Bonds. Nobody compares to Barry Bonds. It’s okay, the comparison helped uncover some surprising things about McCutchen to date.