- He could be the embodiment of everything that is Red Sox hatred, but he's also a pretty good baseball player. Time to trade Kevin Youkilis? - Full Count. Sure, he's old (33), ugly, and has a funny batting stance, but Youk would slot very neatly into the #3 hole in the batting order ahead of Pujols, and give the Angels an offensive boast at third base. The big question would be; Could Angel fans get behind one of the two reasons (Papelbon hatred) the Red Sox have been so roundly despised if he were to exchange his Boston red socks for those of Anaheim?
- Here's a pretty good rundown of the remaining available free agents: MLB teams haven’t finished shopping yet - The Boston Globe. There are still some interesting names on this list, and a couple who could still end up with the Halo club. Within this post was this little tidbit on the Angels DH, "From the Bill Chuck files: "The decline of Bobby Abreu continued last season, as his batting average over the last four years has gone from .296 to .293 to .255 to .253; 2011 was also his first full season with fewer than 10 homers (he had 8).’’ Ouch.
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- What kind of goods would Prince sell if he opened a market? Spiffy suits for the big and tall? Beard trimming accessories? Tofu floats? The Prince Fielder Market - MLB Daily Dish. Oh wait, I misunderstood.
- I saw this post a few days ago and thought it was kind of interesting, but there were mor important things to link to yesterday (yeah, right). So here it is today...So let’s move a baseball team to San Berdoo - HardballTalk. "Via BTF, we find a very cool set of charts over at the Wages of Wins Journal* showing which metropolitan areas in the U.S., based on local income and size, could support expansion franchises or relocated franchises for the major sports."
- Hedge-fund executive Steven Cohen is bidding for the Dodgers - latimes.com. "In September, Forbes estimated his net worth at $8.3 billion." Uh-oh. Their billionaire is bigger than our billionaire.
- Bill Plaschke: His 2011 Los Angeles sports MVPs — Dodgers fans - latimes.com. Good quote: "You decided you loved the Dodgers too much to support them."
- This doesn't seem too radical of a procedure, Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez uses Kobe Bryant recommendation for treatment - NYPOST.com. "According to multiple sources, the Yankees third baseman recently followed a recommendation from Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, and traveled to Germany for an experimental therapy called Orthokine on his bothersome right knee." In fact, it almost sounds like the stem cell procedure that Bartolo Colon had last year, which made me think about how much medical advances could change baseball. And how much will be allowed in the future. If baseball has banned PEDs, will they ban procedures that could basically exceed the benefits of drugs?
- Funny video: Devin Harris Left A Footprint On Some Lady's Face - Deadspin.com
- Rob Neyer at his best: Live-Blogging 'For Love Of The Game' - Baseball Nation, except I hate it when people embellish the truth, "I saw it when it came out, in the fall of 1999. I remembered the basic outlines and a few images. I also remembered not really liking it. I was terribly distracted, though. See, I was on a second date and it was going really well and we were sitting in the back row." Second date? As if we'd believe he (or any of us who write about baseball on the internet) would ever have had a first date.
Let's fuck with our kids so we can get on TV: