SweetSpot Network roundup
February, 17, 2011
By Joe Janish | ESPN.com
Following Jason Rosenberg's lead from last week, we once again borrow the concept published daily by The Platoon Advantage: a roundup of the best stories around the SweetSpot Network. My hats are off to the hard work done by Bill and TCM on a regular basis -- keep them bookmarked.
Now, on to the links:
Now, on to the links:
- Fear not, St. Louis -- Matthew Philip of Fungoes shows that the Cardinals don’t need Albert Pujols in order to win.
- The Platoon Advantage is cranking through the top 40 worst offseasons of all time, with Part Three (#11-20) the latest chapter. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't already, and get ready for the worst 10 coming soon.
- Jon Shields of Pro Ball NW has a response to above-mentioned series, defending Seattle's 2009-2010 offseason.
- Austin Swafford of Austin's Astros 290 Blog examines whether Houston has World Series-caliber pitching.
- Along the same lines of this morning's post on pitch counts, Geoff Young at Ducksnorts checks the data in regard to the Padres' decision to let Mat Latos loose in '11.
- Pushing that envelope just a bit further, at MetsToday I don't know if it's safer for Jenrry Mejia to be a starter or reliever.
- Does Fredi Gonzalez know FIPs from DIPs, or is he just giving lip service? Peter Hjort of Capitol Avenue examines a SABR-focused Q&A between a beat reporter and the new Braves manager.
- Dan Hennessey of Baseballin' On a Budget wonders if it is a good idea for the A's to extend Trevor Cahill as they did Brett Anderson last spring.
- Does it make sense to buy out a young player's arbitration years with multiyear deals -- as is the recent trend? Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts takes an in-depth look with help from GM Ned Colletti.
- Speaking of dollar signs, Jason Rosenberg of It's About The Money follows in line with his blog's title and discusses the possibility of CC Sabathia opting out of his contract. Jason also has a fun table showing where every team's highest-paid player would rank if he were on the Yankees.
- Enough of the money talk, let's get into the action on the field. Chet West at View from the Bleachers celebrates the arrival of pitchers and catchers by declaring WAR.
- Wondering what Boston is focusing on this spring? Evan Brunell of Firebrand of the American League posts Ten Things to Watch in the Red Sox camp.
- The Tampa Bay Rays have a whopping 61 players in camp this spring -- 24 coming from outside the organization. Marquis Heilig of The Ray Area calculates there are 42 players competing for six roster spots.
- Finally, with Jayson Werth out of the picture, Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley questions whether the Phillies have enough right-handed power.