In the third biggest news of the weekend, the Cardinals singed Jhonny Peralta for four years and $52 million.
And according to Ken Rosenthal:
Sources: Haren to #Dodgers, one year, $10M plus 2015 option that vests at 180 innings. Pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 25, 2013
I know which move gets me excited.
If you only read one link in this tank, make it this one. Chris Carruthers brings us TIPS, a new ERA estimator that has interesting things to say about the nature of pitching.
David G. Temple investigates interesting trends in handedness.
Carson Cistulli looks at the predictive power of AFL batting lines (spoiler alert: they're not terribly predictive because of -- you guessed it -- their small sample size).
Japanese baseball executives have come to America to try to rework the posting system and allow Masahiro Tanaka to come to MLB writes Jon Heyman of CBS. I'd like to see Tanaka pitch. On the other, posting fees don't currently count toward the luxury tax, and I'm sure you can figure out what that means in terms of who will be trying to sign him. Also, I get that writing headlines is tough, and that space is limited, but "Japan execs coming here . . ." is pretty bad.
Flowcharts are fun, and here's one on a scout's process from Baseball Prospectus.