Jose Abreu might not have thrown himself into the Twitter hoi polloi this offseason like Adam Eaton, but he's been paying plenty of attention to the White Sox's wheelings and dealings. He likes what he sees, and he thinks the Sox now have enough to win.
"I'm preparing for a longer season," said Abreu, with the assistance of [friend Julio] Estrada. "I'm not preparing for 162 games. I want playoffs in Chicago.
"Individual accolades won't matter. At the end, we will be remembered for what we accomplished as a team, and as a team, we have business to finish this year and years to come."
Another benefit to the number of big moves: Scott Merkin says the active offseason has "directly influenced his continued improvement with English," as he's been reading tweets, articles and watching MLB Network like the rest of us.
The White Sox designated Jordan Danks to make room for Emilio Bonifacio. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the end of him, but I imagine the Sox want to give him a change of scenery, and his ability to play center field will lure some team into giving him a try.
Here's an example of why it's hard to get a feel for where Ben Zobrist could go, and what he might cost. The Nationals lose Jayson Werth for two to three months after shoulder surgery, and lo and behold, there's yet another team that could use Zobrist in right field and second base.
It's Jan. 9, and there still aren't any leading candidates for Max Scherzer -- at least if you don't count the Tigers as an inevitability. That said, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi say the Cardinals might have an interest in a big-name starter, as Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha both battled nagging injuries last year.
The wrinkle that makes this rumor pop: Besides Scherzer, the Cardinals might be looking at David Price for the same reason the Tigers picked him up last year -- a major short-term upgrade that won't cost the farm system or a $200 million contract. That frees up the Tigers to re-sign Scherzer, although it'd be a backwards way to go about it, considering a side benefit of the Price trade was ace insurance for Scherzer's departure.
- Explaining the baseball Hall of Fame to the year 2000 - SBNation.com
- Hall of Fame voters still let personal bias get in the way - Sports on Earth
Grant Brisbee hammers on one point that's my biggest big-picture problem with recent Hall of Fame voting. In the late 1990s, nobody really cared about how those muscles showed up, and just about everybody enjoyed the dingers. Fifteen years later, the voters now care about how those muscles showed up, and are dismissing the dingers. There are a ton of great memories going unaccounted for as a result.
Out of the 145 public votes, the weirdest one goes to the Tim Raines-Alan Trammell two-pack. But I like the cases for Raines and Trammell and they could really use the votes, so it's hard to get mad.