Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Morning Hot Links

*Collin McHugh is working on his fastball command, doesn't mind flying under the radar.

*Lance McCullers threw a bullpen as the Astros ease his arm into what will hopefully be a long season.

*Scott Feldman's shoulder feels good.

*Yes, Dallas Keuchel is that good. So is George Springer.

*Here's a great article on 2015 Texas League batting champion Jon Kemmer.

*The Astros are impressed with David Paulino, Juan Minaya, and Jandel Gustave.

*Peacock, Straily, Wojciechowski come into 2016 as swing-man options:
"I understand there's not much opportunity."
-Brad Peacock

*MLB altered the rules a little bit: runners now have to make a "bona fide slide," and there are now timed mound visits and shortened between-inning breaks.

*Colbert Hamels' biggest adjustment to the AL was the top-to-bottom strength of the lineup.

*Robinson Cano is healthy and ready to lead the Mariners.

*What the heck happened with Dexter Fowler and the Orioles?

1 comment:

Teddy said...

After reading the Dexter Fowler article, I'm starting to notice a trend with his agent, Casey Close. He seems to be in contract negotiations that go bad quite a bit, at least more often than I've heard about from other agents. Fowler, Aiken and a quick Google search found a similar situation that happened between Jeter and the Yanks:

http://espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6422592

(Sorry for not knowing how to properly post a link, if anyone wants to explain how to do so on here, I will gladly do it in the future)

Then I found another article mentioning Close:

http://ethicsalarms.com/2014/01/16/the-unforgivable-conflict-of-interest-sports-agents-robbing-their-ignorant-clients/

Perhaps Close is the problem with these negotiations and not the teams. Not trying to discount the Aiken situation, but these instances do seem quite coincidental.