Oh, should I have put a “spoiler warning” on that?
- Jeff Passan reported to work at ESPN for the first time yesterday and immediately broke the story that free agent infielder Troy Tulowitzki has signed with the Yankees. The Blue Jays had released Tulowitzki in December after he missed the entire 2018 season with injuries to both heels.
- I wrote last time that NPB pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had to sign with an MLB team before today and yesterday it was announced that Kikuchi had agreed to a four-year deal with the Mariners.
- The second-biggest signing was that outfielder Michael Saunders signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. Saunders spent all of 2018 in Triple-A.
- Newly elected Hall-of-Fame sportswriter Jayson Stark is back with his strange but true stories from the 2018 season. (The Athletic sub. req.) It’s unfortunate that you have to pay to read Stark this year (although you should and I do) but at least he’s writing somewhere this year.
- David Schoenfield has some baseball questions for 2019 that were left unanswered when 2018 ran out of time. Presumably, we’ll get answers to these questions this year.
- Anthony Castrovince has 19 “bold” predictions for 2019.
- Chris Landers gives each MLB team one reason to be excited for 2019.
- And here are New Year’s Resolutions for each MLB in 2019.
- Neil Paine looks at who the best player was for all of North American sports in 2018 and argues that Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was the greatest of them all this past year. He also finds the biggest upset of 2018 came from MLB as well.
- Mike Axisa tries to predict who will be the best 50 players in baseball in the year 2024.
- Buster Olney got a look at a letter written by a top player agent this past summer arguing that it’s time for the players to take a more confrontational stand against ownership, along with some specific proposals that the players should pursue. (ESPN+ sub. req.)
- Sheryl Ring looks back at the famous pickoff move of Andy Pettitte and whether or not it should have been called a balk.
- Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and his wife celebrated New Year’s Eve with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and his wife and of course, everyone is reading a lot into that. (And please, don’t take what is in the opening paragraph here as anything other than the gag that it was intended to be.)
- Free agent infielder Manny Machado decided to follow the YES Network on Instagram and of course, everyone is reading a lot into that. Of course, as that article states, he also started following the Hanic Beauty Bar in Miami, so maybe he’s going to become a cosmetologist.
- And finally, new Phillies outfielder and independent filmmaker Andrew McCutchen shared some video of his two year-old son Steel hitting off of a tee. Ken Griffey Jr. was impressed.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.