Good morning, and Happy New Year! May your 2012 feature health and happiness.
Consider this post a mixed bag: A holiday/incompetence/look ahead.
Today is a holiday, after all. And what happened was, I created this post Saturday night with the standard Sunday links, was traveling yesterday and set the post to launch - only for January 1, 2011.
Hey, cut me some slack. I'm still getting the hang of this Internet thing.
So without further ado, my Sunday stuff:
--For my Sunday Insider, I named my Baseball Person of the Year; click the link to see who it is. There are also notes about Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson and the upcoming changes in instant replay.
--Just for conversation's sake, I wrote six suggestions for the Yankees, whose starting rotation is once again a concern.
--The Padres acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox, a worthwhile, one-year risk for San Diego. If the Padres can't defy the odds and contend, then Quinetin can perhaps play well enough to be midseason trade bait _ although keep in mind that, under the new collective bargaining agreement, players traded in the middle of the season can't bring back compensatory draft picks.
In any case, this looks like a salary dump, as the Padres didn't give up anyone of consequence.
--OK, now the look-ahead part. I'm around this week, so starting tomorrow, we'll assess the Hot Stove work that's remaining before pitchers and catchers report, mostly around the time of Presidents' weekend. Prince Fielder, Ryan Madson, Matt Garza and plenty more.
In a minor saga, but a saga with a hard deadline, the Yankees must come to an agreement with posted Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima by midnight Eastern time Friday night/Saturday morning. If there's no agreement, Nakajima returns to the Seibu Lions.
Ordinarily, you can bet heavily in these Japanese posting deals that a contract will be completed; you can absolutely wager that with Texas and Yu Darvish, for instance. With the Yankees and Nakajima, however, given that the Yankees regard him as a backup, there's a real chance that nothing gets done by the deadline.
--What else will we have this week? Contests! A pile of crap has accumulated, and it's time to start giving it away. If all goes according to plan, we'll have a contest every day from tomorrow through Friday.
--Have a great day. And a great year.