Had a wonderful evening with friends last night, followed by snuggling with family, hot cocoa and The Polar Express. While we all look forward to the rest of the holiday, wherever Christmas finds you this year, I hope it's a merry one.
For your Monday morning reads, Chuck Brook of MLB Reports is writing 5-part reviews of the history of every team in baseball. He recently published his first two sections on the Rays
, profiling the best hitters in Rays history
, and (earlier) providing a retrospective of the Rays Franchise history
. 'Tis the season to reminisce!
The former 2008 All-Star with the Rays had a strong showing in Puerto Rico this winter, posting a 27/8 K/BB ratio with just one homerun in 22 2/3 innings. Should his velocity return, Kazmir could have a shot at taking the No. 5 starting position in Cleveland.
- MLB Trade Rumors: The Red Sox are poised to acquire Joel Hanrahan
from the Pirates, which only reminds me of how well Andrew Bailey and Mark Malancon worked last year. Meanwhile, the Indians signed
Nick Swisher, the Diamondbacks picked up
Cody Ross, and the Nationals are closing in
on Adam LaRoche.
- With Cody Ross off the market, Fangraphs notes there are still a few cheaper options
for a lefty platoon. Namely, Scott Hairston and Juan Rivera.