Get out of the house and sit in a hotel in Nashville, and you get more work done — if you have a seventh-month-old at home.
Shane Victorino signed with the Red Sox, and what might be most notable about his signing is that the contract really only makes sense if he’s a center fielder. Might be bad news for the current center fielder in Boston.
Ryan Dempster keeps turning down two-year deals because he’s looking for a third year. There’s one change he’s made that might make him a good bet to continue being a strong starter, but there’s one thing that’s been true his whole career that is probably making teams nervous about him.
Ben Revere, now in Philadelphia, and Dan Haren, now in Washington: two big acquisitions in the National League East. In real life, neither blows any doors off or makes the world a bleaker place for Mets fans, but it is noteworthy that other teams are getting something done. Because the Mets saved $8 million on David Wright in 2013 (thanks to an extension they just negotiated), and $12 million on Jason Bay (thanks to a negotiated release), and they still haven’t done squat.
And, finally back home, I riffed off of my Hardball Annual piece for The First Base Foundation: How the mechanics of a college’s specific coaching mentality should factor in when a student athlete is picking his program.
It’s good to be home. Even if the little guy has an ear infection, a cold, and three teeth coming in!