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The Winter Meetings are kicking off today. Let’s roll the dice!

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Winter Meetings start today, running through the 13th when the Rule 5 draft occurs. There is plenty of background out there.....and here.....but it’s not like the old days. Now, it’s more like the same ol’, same ol’, except that all the parties are in the same town using Twitter rather than in separate towns using Twitter...........

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A Little Bit Of Angels News

With the Winter Meets now upon us, what shall we look to be doing? Here is a bold revelation: pitching. And catching. “Maybe”..........

Craig Calcaterra had himself one hell of a cab ride arriving in Vegas to cover the Winter Meetings. His cabbie swore that Rob Manfred promised Vegas a team.....But the part that was not in the linked article that is most fun, is what Calcaterra later tweeted. Maybe it was the same cabbie, maybe another. But this other cabbie let slip that local rumors are that the Angels are secretly negotiating to move to Nevada...........

Jeff Fletcher with appropriate perspective, and food for thought...........

Luis Valbuena, RIP, was a special legacy that was all ours...........


Everywhere In Baseball

Mike Napoli has finally retired.....The Napster will undoubtedly continue to lead his legendary life. We just won’t have insight into it any longer......After 12 years in MLB, Napoli finishes with 267 home runs (21 against us) and 27.4 bWAR. (Uh, yeah, Jeff Mathis is still ticking at 48 home runs and 1.1 bWAR. Across 14 years. Because, Lyle.).....By comparison, Mike Trout has 240 homers and 64.3 bWAR in only 8 years............Here is how Napoli launched his career. First at bat..........

Lee Smith and Harold Baines...(who was extremely humbled to finally get in)...were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the The Week Before Last Committee. Not going anywhere is a long list that includes George, ‘The Boss’ Steinbrenner, who didn’t even come close. Which is surprising to me. While Curt Flood is the spark that created the warm fire of Free Agency, it was George Steinbrenner that backed up the truck of firewood that fueled the house of baseball ever since...............

Congratulations to Kyler Murray on conquering College Football, winning the Heisman. He will be our problem soon, as his agent Scott Boras insists that Murray is heading to Oakland regardless......Joining MLB will make Murray the 3rd Heisman winner in the Majors.....Unless Tim Tebow makes it the The Show with the Mets first.............

Louisville Slugger, the one that makes the baseball bats, and Wilson Sporting Goods, are on the verge of becoming a Chinese subsidiary. Lest you go off half-cocked, you should know that those companies are currently owned by the Finnish company Amer Sports............

Well praise be! Congress spent a day doing something worthwhile for a change. The Senate passed a resolution honoring the first black American League baseball player, Larry Doby..........

TIL: player agents are allowed to do pretty much whatever they want without worry that MLB will punish them for anything. No jurisdiction. That police work is reserved for the Players Union. So when agents are caught aiding in the cover up of PEDs usage by players, well, there is nothing MLB can do but wait for the MLBPA to meander around to thinking about doing something about it..........

Sunday Night Baseball games will be starting one hour earlier starting next season. 4PM PDT. That’s MLB thinking of all the kiddies............

Yep, it’s official. Chili Davis has hired on with the Mets as hitting coach..........

With on major league left to close, the NFL, MGM Resorts will be the 800 pound gorilla in the sports gambling influx............

For those of you who are of the camp that Major League ballplayers are what they are, can’t learn new tricks, and coaches are next to meaningless: eat Patrick Corbin’s new curveball...........

So let me see if I have this right. The formidable brain trust that leads the good people of the Washington DC area into the future are convinced that they can find a way to prevent any of their citizens from using whatever the f#%k app they want in order to place sports bets in the DC area (thus granting them full awareness and control of the money flowing)? AND, they are granting themselves exclusive geographical zones of monopoly over all sports betting within the zone, forcing citizens to visit their designated dens of inequity if they happen to be close enough when they wish to place a sports bet? What do they think this is, a telegraph?? As the famous old lady said: “That’s not how it works. That’s not how ANY of this works!!”..........


Hot Stove

The Yankees have decided that they are not going to be the party who makes the $300 million mega deal for a Machado or a Harper. They like Machado, but not at that $300 price. If true, that would be really weird. Those kind of earthquakes were once the private domain of the MFY, and all the other franchises shook their frustrated fists at them.....Harper and Machado are still expected to be such earthquake contracts.....But elsewhere, and no Yankees? Just look at all of us...............

The idea of the Yankees holding off on the mega contract - the very thing that used to make non Yankee fans wring their hands in disgust - is now being looked upon as an injustice towards the players. Blame the Yankees? No. Blame the Luxury Tax threshold. And for that, blame the Players Union...........

That Nationals have given up on Bryce Harper...........

Everybody wants J.T. Realmuto, so the Marlins are leaning back, lighting their cigar, and just taking their time..........

Wha? the Rays offered up a Top 10 prospect for Paul Goldschmidt, and the Diamondbacks turned them down. What they got from the Cards was Ok, but not spectacular.............

Charlie Morton, anyone?...........


The Duffle Bag

Oh, geez. The Vegas 51’s are changing their brand, to The Aviators.........And their logo? Yikes!...........Which makes no sense, other than the merch money for the franchise owners...........(h/t UniWatch) This would be John Lennon, hanging out in the Mets locker room...........On your left, kids, is where we store all the hot dogs in Busch Stadium before each ballgame. And on your right is...is...is your new first baseman Paul Goldschmidt?!?...........Yasiel Puig parties pretty well. But odds are that his future parties will take place somewhere other than LA..........Trackman records lots and lots of event data, and you could be one of them data gatherers............