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Wednesday Halolinks: Free Agent Season nearly here

Once this World Series thing is over, we can finally have something important to talk about.

Ohlendorf demonstrates the "My Balls are Floating" trick
Ohlendorf demonstrates the "My Balls are Floating" trick
Rob Carr

One more game and then we can let the free agent speculation season begin.  Who will the Angels sign this year?  Jon Lester? Pablo SandovalBrandon McCarthyRoss Ohlendorf?  The options are endless, the hyperbole gigantically huge and big, arguments abound!  Oh boy, I can't wait!

In the meantime, have some Halolinks:

  • Wait, wait, wait.  Hold the phone!  This can't be real, it has to be a hoax. Ross Ohlendorf is a free agent?  THE Ross Ohlendorf?!?  A free agent!?!?  Someone lead me to my fainting couch.  Oh, lordy:  Ross Ohlendorf elects to become a free agent - HardballTalk, "Ohlendorf was hampered by a lingering back injury for much of the 2014 season, but the 32-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Diamondbacks registered a cool 3.28 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 45/14 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 innings (seven starts and nine relief appearances) for the Nats in 2013. There should be major league offers out there for him this winter."  No, but really.  Ross Ohlendorf.
  • Okay, so if Ohlendorf isn't an option, maybe the combination of Jake Peavy and Jon Lester would do in a pinch: Free Agent Profile: Jake Peavy – MLB Trade Rumors, "Peavy says he has interest in ending up in the same place as former Red Sox teammate Jon Lester, saying that "there’s a package deal out there for any team." Choosing a landing spot based more on personal preferences — including, perhaps, re-uniting with Lester or other former teammates — than maximum contract would not be a surprise for Peavy. He said back in 2005 that "money is not why I’m pitching" and backed that up recently when he signed a reasonable extension with the White Sox rather than hitting the market."  Could this be the next Koufax/Drysdale tandem pitching duo to hit Southern California?  Weaver-Lester-Richards-Peavy-Shoemaker?  See ya CeeJay.  Ahh, a girl can dream, can't she?

    (I love these guys.)
  • Oh yeah, the World Series...I almost forgot: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 28, 2014 - ESPN, "Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. Louis outfielder Oscar Taveras on his cap, allowed three hits over seven stifling innings. Kansas City's batters broke open the game with a seven-run second and battered the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday night to tie the World Series at three games apiece." 
  • Oh my gosh!  I literally have tears running down my cheeks.  The "Angels' name is so funny" joke never, ever gets old.  I think I'll have it tattooed on my neck: Well-Rounded Players Meet Square Hole – The Hardball Times, "A classic example of a great player who spanned decades but never really dominated an individual decade is Doug DeCinces. DeCinces was a regular from 1976 through 1987, with his best years being 1977-84, during which time he amassed 32.5 WAR, good for fourth overall and placing him ahead of other third basemen named Ron Cey, Darrell Evans and Graig Nettles. During this span, DeCinces hit .268/.337/.465, played great defense, and swatted 160 home runs (by way of comparison, Darrell Evans hit 148 during this span, in about 80 more games played). But try to compare him against other third basemen in the 1980s, and DeCinces comes out 10th in total WAR and is pretty easy to ignore. His best season was in 1982 where he hit .301/.369/.548 with 30 home runs, 94 runs scored and 97 runs batted in for the Angels when they were just in California and not "of" anything quite yet."  Otherwise, this is a pretty decent post.
  • You know what's sad?  I'm not surprised by this at all: Jose Canseco accidentally shoots self in hand, police say - ESPN, "Canseco's fiancee, Leila Knight, tweeted from his account late Tuesday night, saying he was still in surgery and would be OK."  It's rumored he shot off the middle finger of his left hand.  Here's one of the comments from Deadspin:

  • Nice gesture: