*Dallas Keuchel won AL Outstanding Pitcher, Carlos Correa won AL Outstanding Rookie, and Jose Altuve won the Majestic Athletic Always Game Award (think, heart and hustle/rise and grind) at the MLB Players Choice Awards last night.
*Jim Crane said the Astros are prepared to increase payroll in the right parameters:
We'll focus on spending money wisely and adding a dimension or two that we might need. What's really nice is what we set out to do is starting to work. You've got a great farm system to draw from and you've got a lot of guys coming up, too, that could be Major League ready.
*Luhnow said there's a balance to strike:
The outcomes we're looking for is to create outs with our pitching staff and create runs with our offense and there's many different formulas. We don't feel like, 'We need a guy throwing 97 or else we're not going to be successful.'
*Any decision to be made regarding the cheatin'ass Cardinals will be made before the beginning of the 2016 season.
*Tal's Hill will be removed before the beginning of the 2017 season.
*Richard Justice just !loves! the new Spring Training facility.
*It's that time of year again!
If I had a ballot: Raines, Bagwell, Piazza, Griffey, Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Mussina, Trammell, Edgar.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) November 9, 2015
*Jeff Passan gives the rundown on 192 free agents.
*Albert Pujols is doubtful for Opening Day 2016.
*Rockies SS Jose Reyes was arrested for alleged domestic abuse
*Sad news in MLB as former Braves/Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson has passed away at the age of 29.