Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday Morning Hot(-ish) Links

There is nothing. The World's Coldest Stove. Jeff Luhnow and Robert Mueller have a bet to see whose office will leak something first. In June 2019 we're going to say, "There's a move coming any day now."

*Jeff Passan has an interesting piece for Yahoo about the courtship of Bryce Harper. Passan:
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres are expected to check in. The Washington Nationals, with whom he has spent his seven major league seasons and who offered him a 10-year deal worth around $300 million toward the end of the season that Harper rejected, almost certainly will circle back. Harper's affection for the Houston Astros is well-known, as is the St. Louis Cardinals' for him. 

Harper loves the Astros? Bandwagon fan.

*Jake Kaplan has a mailbag in The Athletic in which he answers some reader questions, like the potential rotation, Forrest Whitley's timeline, what to do about catcher, and a crazy note that Scott Feldman is the highest-paid free agent pitcher by Jeff Luhnow ($30m).

*Brian McTaggart has three free agent outfielders that could fill a hole for the Astros, though they're not exactly new names: Andrew McCutchen, Michael Brantley, A.J. Pollock.

*NBC Bay Area: The Mariners complete tear-down makes the AL West a two-team race.

*Ken Rosenthal mentions that the Reds would be a good fit for Dallas Keuchel. Jon Heyman notes that Toronto is hot after Keuchel.

*This is crazy:

*Stop me if you've heard this before: The success of what the Mariners have done in the last four weeks will not be determined for a few years.

*The Mariners have saved themselves a ton of money.

*A Musical Selectionm, the story behind one of my favorite moments in music history: