WHEW. Quite a morning, eh? The offseason just kicked off this week, and we’re already deep in the weeds of big arms returning, trades going down, financial considerations, roster construction, and so much more. And that’s just because of today’s Hamels/Smyly move!
We will update the payroll situation soon, but here’s where things stood going into the offseason.
Oh, also, there are going to be more options decisions, opt out decisions, and qualifying offer decisions around baseball today. BUSY DAY.
OK, gotta move on to other things for a moment …
- By this analysis, Javy Baez shows up far behind Kolten Wong AND D.J. LeMahieu for the Gold Glove:
The best of the Gold Glove races is NL second base, which pits Javier Báez (Cubs), Kolten Wong (Cardinals) and DJ LeMahieu (Rockies) head to head.
We try to answer the question– Who should win?https://t.co/Qd1Ou4lMKA
— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) November 1, 2018
- I read that, and while I totally think it’s a fair analysis, I think Baez is getting unfairly dinged because of his versatility and the Cubs’ allergy to extreme shifts. I’m biased. HOPELESSLY biased. But there is no “second baseman” out there in baseball that I’d rather have manning the position besides Baez.
- The Cubs Convention is coming, and the details are here:
#CubsCon returns Jan. 18-20!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 1, 2018
- More on the Giants’ front office pursuits, which are really hard to pin down:
#sfgiants interviewed Kim Ng for a club president role on Sunday, according to @masnRoch. I was told early on that Ng, after so many empty interviews, would not agree to be part of this process unless she had reason to believe a job would be offered. So this is verrry interesting
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) November 1, 2018
- You are reminded that the Giants might hire two top people, and Jason McLeod has interviewed. It is likely a very attractive (set of) job(s).
- One of those snarky but serious points I think is almost always worth making at the outset of the offseason, when people outside our sphere are saying dopey things about the mistakes the Cubs have made in free agency:
Truly shocking revelation: Free agents are not guaranteed to succeed or be “worth” their contracts.
Sit the process out and you’ll never have a “bad” contract.
You will also never pick up the marginal wins that are just sitting out there, beckoning you to risk improvement.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) November 1, 2018
- One of my favorite features each year is Jeff Sullivan writing about the worst called ball of the season at FanGraphs. This year, it’s a middle-middle slider by Dakota Hudson, but there’s a good reason it wasn’t called a strike: Yadi Molina whiffed on receiving it (cross-up), and it hit the umpire. In the junk. Yeah, you can call that one a ball.
- Oh wow, Cubs are already showing up on video game covers for 2019:
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) November 2, 2018
- Eat it, Raiders:
— Bleacher Nation Bears (@BN_Bears) November 2, 2018
- Among today’s many Deals of the Day at Amazon, there are chargers, laptops, Lord of the Rings, and much more.