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Yankees Looking Ahead to 2013

Well, at least their writers are. Larry Koestler of RiverAveBlues asked us to chime in on B.J. Upton as he makes the case for the Yankees to target him after this season should he opt for free agency.

"RHP Brandon Gomes will be behind at the start of spring training after undergoing November surgery...

"RHP Brandon Gomes will be behind at the start of spring training after undergoing November surgery to clean up a disc problem in his lower back, but is expected to be ready by opening day."

Odd that he starts the season on the DL making room in the bullpen? h/t Rays Digest: http://rays.scout.com/2/1157924.html

2 minor league signings with invitations to spring...

2 minor league signings with invitations to spring training: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/minor-moves-coon-salazar.html

Maddon Extended 3 More Years

Great news! We get Merlot Joe rants for 3 more years!

Oakland signs Yoenis Cespedes for 4/36

Per Yahoo's Tim Brown, the Athletics have signed Yoenis Cespedes to a 4/36 deal.

Moore Tops Goldstein's Top 101 list

Matt Moore trumps Bryce Harper and Mike Trout for Goldstein, but the rest of his list looks quite different from Keith Law's. Thoughts?

Jeff Bagwell, Fred McGriff, The Hall of Fame, and 400 Home Runs

Prior to the Steroid Era, 500 home runs was considered the milestone a slugger could reach to ensure that one day he would be immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame. From 1936 to 2003, all 15 eligible sluggers who hit 500 or more home runs were voted into the Hall of Fame. In addition, from 1939 to 2001, nine sluggers who finished their careers with 407 to 493 home runs appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot, seven of those nine were elected to the Hall of Fame, with five--Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Willie Stargell, Carl Yastrzemski, and Dave Winfield--gaining election in their first year on the ballot and the other two--Billy Williams and Duke Snider--being voted in on their sixth and eleventh ballot, respectively. It was clear that a slugger who reached the 400 home run milestone had almost as good a chance of being elected to the Hall of Fame as a slugger who reached 500. However, like everything else, the Steroid Era has complicated Hall of Fame voting. Since 2002, six sluggers who hit between 431 to 493 home runs have appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot but only two of those six, Andre Dawson and Cal Ripken Jr., have been voted in. Two others, Jose Canseco and Juan Gonzalez, fell off the ballot after failing to collect 5% of the vote, while Jeff Bagwell and Fred McGriff remain on the ballot but are currently on the outside looking in. Click the title to read the rest of the article.

Rays' State of the Farm with Frankie Piliere

I'm posting this because I thought it would be interesting to quite a few folks here who have been debating the future of some Rays prospects - in particular Josh Sale and Tim Beckham. I specifically asked his opinion on those guys for the folks here at DRaysBay. Frankie isn't as famous as Keith Law or Kevin Goldstein, but he knows his stuff and used to be a scout for the Rangers. Verdict? Too soon to give up on either.

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