Good morning everyone. Here is an open discussion thread for you.
Major news over the weekend included the Yankees signing catcher Brian McCann for five years and $85 million, the Cardinals signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta for four years and $53 million, and Dan Haren signing with the Dodgers for one year and $10 million.
All three players are worthy of Prospect Retrospectives and career profiles, so I am working on those. Watch for them later today.
What do you guys think of these deals?
Other items of interest:
***Bryan Grosnick at Beyond the Boxscore explains how FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) works in the first installment of his Basic Sabermetrics series.
***Rob Neyer looks at Joe Smith, signed by the Angels as a free agent to bolster the bullpen.
***The Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays are discussing a trade involving Jeff Samardzija.
***Jim Salisbury at Baseball America writes that Philadelphia Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph is back on the field and playing after missing much of the 2013 season with a (wait for it). . .concussion! Joseph mentions that he "just wasn't right" while recovering.
More from Minor League Ball:
- Concussion Chronicle: Almost there...
- Atlanta Braves preliminary prospect list for 2014 (revised)
- Prospect Retrospective: Jason Vargas. Can he become Jamie Moyer? Or is he Mark Redman?
- Jason Vargas: a major award?
- Angels trade Peter Bourjos, Randal Grichuk to Cardinals for David Freese, Fernando Salas
- Prospect Retrospective: Tim Hudson, RHP, Giants
- 2014 MLB Draft Profile: Alex Verdugo, RF/LHP, Tucson, AZ High School
- A Mickey Mantle autograph tale
- The Jurickson Profar/Nick Castellanos trade
- Minnesota Twins prospect Eddie Rosario suspended for 50 games
- Concussion Chronicle: The band is playing different tunes
- 2014 MLB Draft Profile: Alex Jackson, C/RF, Escondido, CA High School
- Minor League Ball Daily Discussion: Replacing ERA?
- Concussion Chronicle: Summary of the Symptoms
- John Sickels' Concussion Chronicle