I didn't know what to do this weekend with no baseball on. I know there was the "Fall Stars" game, but I had company over while they were on. I guess I was supposed to talk to them or something. It was more fun staring out the window and waiting for spring.
- The qualifying offers for free agents were due on Friday and here's a list of the 20 players who got a qualifying offer. That breaks the old record of 13.
- Ken Rosenthal wonders if this is the season that someone finally accepts a qualifying offer. Had the Mets not acted quickly last season, Michael Cuddyer would have accepted one.
- Ben Reiter gives his list of the top 50 free agents this winter.
- Dayn Perry argues that Jason Heyward is the top free agent prize.
- David Schoenfield has ten questions about the free agent market.
- Grant Brisbee looks at the possible suitors for Zack Greinke.
- Just in case Greinke needed any more incentive to stay in Los Angeles, LA Metro has offered him a free bus pass for life if he re-signs with the Dodgers. Deal!
- The Mets are looking at outfielders Denard Span, Gerardo Parra and Dexter Fowler in free agency.
- The Rockies are not expected to be major players in free agency. Big surprise there.
- The Rockies have discussed signing Daniel Murphy though.
- Some mystery team has won the bidding rights to Korean first baseman Byung Ho Park for $12.85 million.
- Going over the MLB Trade Rumors, all but eight teams have been ruled out for Park. Some of those teams, including the Cubs, Reds and White Sox make no sense as they have long-term first basemen. So I'm guessing it's either the Pirates, Astros or Phillies, with the Astros as the favorites. But that's just my guess.
- CC Sabathia candidly talks about his alcoholism and his decision to entire rehab on the eve of the playoffs. This is a must-read.
- Nick Cafardo lists the current state of the "scouts vs. stats" debate. One thing that's helpful is that he lists every MLB front office as an "analytical" or "traditional," with the caveat that no one is entirely one or the other.
- Rob Neyer lists five American League players who had great seasons that you may not have noticed.
- And he then does the same for the National League.
- Bryan Grosnick examines Mookie Betts breakout 2015 season.
- The 2015 NL East was the worst division in a decade, writes Jeff Sullivan. The NL Central was very good, but it wasn't historically good. Thanks, Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
- Buster Olney has a suggestion for the new Blue Jays GM: Alex Anthopoulos. He thinks he and new team president Mark Shapiro should kiss and make up. (ESPN Insider Only)
- Will Leitch updates the postseason record books.
- Bob Raissman thinks that Alex Rodriguez has a good chance of being inducted into Cooperstown . . .as a broadcaster. Raissman was very impressed with the job A-Rod did in the postseason.
- The Twins have asked Miguel Sano to play left field in winter ball.
- Now that Citi Field is empty from baseball, it's been taken over by the Cricket All-Star Series. The other two games in the series will be played at Minute Maid Park in Houston (Tal's Hill!) and Dodger Stadium.
- If you're like me, you have very little idea of the rules of this cousin of baseball. So Bobbie Dittmeier has a primer for you.
- And finally, the Indians new GM Mike Chernoff has a tradition that has been going on for 28 years and he doesn't plan to change. Once a month, no matter what, he plays catch with his dad.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 9-0. I probably just cursed them.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.