A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball.
- Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley wrote an absolutely perfect response to the Yankees signing of Aroldis Chapman that should be the thing you read if you read nothing else here.
- Dexter Fowler’s move to St. Louis has me feeling a little sentimental, and the Cubs felt the same, it seems:
You go, we go… forever.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) December 9, 2016
- Meanwhile Fowler’s wife Darya wrote a touching farewell to Chicago and to Cubs fans:
Dear Chicago. Thank you. For welcoming our family with open arms. For always cheering for my husband and Naya’s daddy. For having our backs even after a bad day. You were the highlight of Dexter’s career. We made history and we will always keep Chicago and All Cubs fans close to us. Baseball is baseball for most of you, but for us it’s also our livelihood and our career. We have made a decision for our family and career and we’re ready to make history and embrace our new team and city !!! Thank you for always being classy! Cheers!
Over at Bless You Boys I had a busy week:
- I make a case for former Tiger’s catcher Bryan Holaday to make a return.
- Closers are selling at a premium right now. If the Tigers were to use K-Rod in a trade, Brad Ziegler might be a strong replacement option.
- There’s currently a gap in the Tigers center field. Rajai Davis is currently a free agent. You do the math.
- The Tigers did a fat lot of nothing at the MLB Winter Meetings, but I have a look at the new AL Central and why this might not be so bad.
- If the Tigers don’t bite on Rajai, there could be an interesting option available with Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
- And last but not least, I take a look at the frustrating language being used by Tigers GM Al Avila this offseason.
- I also made a fun birthday video for the Tigers December birthdays: