I'm glad you all made it through the Thanksgiving holiday alive. At least I assume if you're reading this you made it through the holiday alive. The news is light today because even GMs take a day or two off each year.
- Jayson Stark has a look ahead towards the next collective bargaining negotiations. Some interesting things are expected to be on the agenda, especially concerning roster size, limiting "tanking" and international spending. Not on the agenda is bringing the designated hitter to the NL, contrary to what so many people around here have assured me would happen. Also, no one expects a work stoppage, so that's good.
- The Astros traded Jed Lowrie to the Athletics, which is sure to confuse everyone who thought Lowrie already played for the A's. I've got a picture of him in an A's uniform. Are we sure he doesn't already play for Oakland?
- The Diamondbacks traded Allen Webster to the Pirates. He had earlier been DFA'd.
- The Braves signed free agent pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year deal, because the rules state that the Braves have to name a starting pitcher for every game.
- Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez wants to be traded and the Pirates don't have a problem with that. The problem is finding someone who wants to give up anything for him.
- The Mariners and the Marlins are working on a deal that would send Marcell Ozuna to Seattle.
- Dave Cameron thinks that Ozuna is a great "buy-low" candidate and thinks Ozuna's upside is Yoenis Cespedes.
- The Marlins have begun to talk about a contract extension with Dee Gordon.
- Ken Rosenthal says five teams are showing the most interest in David Price. Yes, the Cubs are one of them.
- Cliff Corcoran projects Price's value over the course of his next contract. According to Corcoran, someone is seriously going to overpay for Price.
- Corcoran also does the same for Zack Greinke. Greinke seems like the better value here.
- The Orioles are talking with free agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
- Jon Heyman says you shouldn't expect the Dodgers to reduce their payroll this season, their public statements to the contrary.
- The White Sox signed catcher Alex Avila. Which should have made for an interesting Thanksgiving at the Avila house.
- Who are the most tradeable assets for the Yankees this winter?
- Tom Verducci talks about how pitcher Erik Johnson changed his mechanics and turned his career around, and what it might mean for survivors of Tommy John surgery.
- Yahoo! Sports has some nominations for MLB's Turkey of the Year.
- This isn't specifically about baseball, but it's a major piece on how the nature of beat writing has changed over the years, with an emphasis on the internet age.
- Ken Johnson, the only major league pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and lose, has died at the age of 82.
- And finally, if you're looking for something to get the baseball fan who has everything, you can't go wrong with these "Ugly Christmas Sweatshirts." There's a Kris Bryant one there, but my favorite is the "Rockin' A-Rod the Christmas Tree" with the Josh Donaldson "Bringer of Reindeer" one a close second. (h/t SB Nation)
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.