Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Morning Hot Links

It's good to be back.

*The Astros have until 7pm Central on Friday to tender a contract to their nine arbitration-eligible players. McTaggart notes (in the above link) that Mike Fiers and Evan Gattis are possible non-tender candidates. McTaggart, on Gattis:
The Astros are trying to upgrade the catching position defensively, which means Gattis could be limited to DH duties next season. Considering he could make close to $7 million, Houston could try to trade him and take advantage of his value while moving his contract.

*Jake Kapplan reports that the Astros will "surely attempt" to trade Mike Fiers before the deadline.

*Carlos Beltran interviewed to be the next manager of the Yankees. He'll also receive the Sports Illustrated Hope Award at the SI Sportsperson of the Year event next month.

*Baseball America named A.J. Hinch as their Manager of the Year. The only other Astros manager to win BA's award was Larry Dierker in 1998.

*Buster Olney links the Astros to lefty reliever Mike Minor.

*Doug Miller has a really good background piece on the evolution of Shohei Ohtani.

*This Tiki Island dude took his Earn History towel to Mt. Everest's base camp.

*Astroline is back this evening from 6-7pm at the Pluckers on Shepherd.

*This MMP brick tribute got me.

*Check out this League City family's Christmas lights display: