Please continue to not do anything. It really helps my writing.
The Tigers remain quiet, which means these links remain about everything other than the Tigers. I can supply you with the sunniest take I have seen on the current state of the organization. If unicorns, rainbows, and positivity in the face of dark reality is your thing, then boy do I have an article for you.
Nailed the dismount
Nobody saw a thing, buddy. pic.twitter.com/RWRCWen4Y1— Baseball Is Fun (@flippingbats) December 29, 2016
The market is slow, but it is not due to a lack of players. The 2016 team-building trends of defense and bullpen have left plenty of big boppers available. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman breaks down the remaining free agents like Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista, and Chris Carter. Beyond the Box Score labels the free agents as the largest story left in the offseason.
Heyman also includes an interesting tidbit about Oakland, who helped pushed the Edwin Encarnacion deal through.
Oakland’s offer, said by sources to have been a two-year deal for $50 million and yet another two-year guaranteed deal with a third-year team option that also included a one-year opt-out, forced the negotiations to come to a head. The A’s, with their shocking largesse, helped push the Indians to the $60 million, three-year deal that includes a fourth-year team option and buyout that ultimately won the day, and one of the best hitters in baseball.
Nothing says weird free agent market like Oakland coming over the top on aging sluggers.
Thanks for this, Grant.
A year-end reminder about the Rockies' logo: pic.twitter.com/2yVBSEHkwU— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) December 28, 2016
And that logo is now ruined forever.
The other side of Joey Bats
Most of the recent narrative around Jose Bautista has been negative. Most headlines over the past two years touch on the bat flip, getting punched in the face, or a perceived cockiness. His inability to garner a deal this offseason also plays nicely into this narrative (that may change soon.)
That’s why I found this Toronto Star article so enlightening. I had no exposure to Bautista’s off-field charity work.
That’s not unusual for Bautista. He negotiates a charitable element into every possible business deal he signs — a move that has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of causes and organizations.
Just another reminder that the headlines do not make a man. Good on Bautista for his incredible work.
New All-Star Game activities
Why a bunt competition and baseball bowling aren’t part of the MLB All-Star Game is a mystery to me.
Okay, maybe I’m the only one who would watch the bunt competition because FUNDAMENTALS. But that perfect pitcher thing would definitely get some ratings. They should give you extra points if you damage the bats. I want to see Chapman throwing 104 miles per hour at those things.
For your free time
Matt Weiters is still available, because meh. The Rangers are moving in on Mike “the bike” Napoli. The ten best lineups in the MLB. Spoiler: the Tigers fall just outside. Bryce Harper had the single greatest decline in Major League Baseball history. Hey, that means he started really well! One of my random favorite players, Derek Lee, and his Hall of Fame credentials.