Monday, December 23, 2019

Monday Morning Hot Links

Not much happening, and the last few days have been pretty crazy for me, personally. So let's just round up what we've learned. If something happens that warrants a post, I'll be back. If not, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and, if you're traveling, you make it to your destination safely. Best wishes to you and your families.

*Martin Maldonado took less money to sign with the Astros, at 2yrs/$7m.

*Jake Kaplan projected the Astros' 2020 26-Man Roster.

*Roster Resource says the Astros' 2020 payroll is right about $237m. Players (and their salaries) coming off the books - as of right now - after this season:

George Springer ($21.4m based on arbitration projections)
Michael Brantley ($16m)
Josh Reddick ($13m)
Yuli Gurriel ($8.3m)
Brad Peacock ($4.6m)

That's about $63.3m and the entire outfield.

*Brian McTaggart ranked the Top 10 Astros of the decade.

*Beyond the Box Score has the Yankees at 3/1, Dodgers at 6/1, and Astros at 7/1 to win the 2020 World Series.

A's: 30/1
Angels: 30/1
Arlington: 50/1
Seattle: 5000/1

*Don't let MLB insult you.

*Statistical oddities for every MLB team in 2019.

*The White Sox signed Dallas Keuchel to a 3yr/$55.5m deal, with a vesting option for a 4th year. This offseason the White Sox have acquired Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal, Nomar Mazara, and James McCann.

*The MLB Umpires Association has agreed to a 5-year labor contract, part of which Teh Umpires have agreed to cooperate with a test of an automated strike zone.

*FanGraphs' Craig Edwards: Gerrit Cole's monster contract, historically speaking.

*Wade Miley signed a 2yr/$15m deal with Cincinnati, with a club option for 2022. FanGraphs says his cutter should be better in 2020.

*ESPN has way-too-early starting rotation rankings.

*1843: The death of the calorie.

*The New Yorker: A suspense novelist's trail of deceptions.

*GQ: Secrets of the world's greatest art thief.

*A Musical Selection: