Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thursday Morning Hot Links

Ya Mans is quarantined due to a possible exposure to COVID. Been playing a lot of chess online and hooboy am I bad at thinking more than one step ahead. Shame, really.

*George Springer - who would have made $21m in a normal 2020 season - officially turned down the Astros' $18.9m qualifying offer. This is not a surprise and you should not treat it as such. It's Springer's only/last big contract of his career and he's going to get it from Houston or Boston, or someplace else that gives him the bag. Keep an eye on the Mets.

*Shane Bieber unanimously won the AL Cy Young. Framber got a lone 5th-place vote to finish 11th from Toronto beat writer Arden Zwelling. Former Astros Greats Gerrit Cole and Dallas Keuchel finished 4th and 5th, respectively. Tyler Bauer is somehow the first Reds pitcher - like, literally the oldest team in all of organized baseball - to win a Cy Young. How do you screw around for 151 years and not accidentally luck into one?

*McTaggart has the Rule 5-eligible prospects the Astros need to protect.

*Cool news: Baltimore's Trey Mancini is cancer-free and ready for 2021 Spring Training.

*Wired: The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine.

*A Musical Selection: