You know what’s pretty sweet? Hot Stove action. You know what’s even better? Links to read on a calm Friday morning.
- Judging from how Ryan Dempster rejected an earlier contract, I didn’t expect him to come to Boston. Turns out he only needed $1.5 million more. (Red Sox Sign Starting Pitcher Ryan Dempster)
- Dave Cameron dispels the myths surrounding a pitcher’s move from the NL to the AL, with Dempster at the forefront of it all. No, he won’t be horrible. Chill. (Ryan Dempster, Quality AL Pitcher)
- Yet another contract with a $13 million average annual value from Ben Cherington, bringing the count up to 3. The young GM isn’t just throwing specifically-sized wads of cash around. There’s a deeper strategy. (Red Sox, Dempster agree to two-year deal)
- If you bet on Shane Victorino being introduced as part of the team before Mike Napoli, congrats! You’ve won recognition of your fantastic luck! Share the winnings, perhaps? (‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ Victorino hits town)
- Speaking of Napoli, it looks like they’re rewording some parts of the contract. Regardless, this is still pretty nerve-wracking. (Mike Napoli situation unresolved)
- The Sandy Rosario Waiver Chronicles continues. For the FOURTH time this offseason, he was claimed. This guy gets around. (Twitter)
- Another offseason, another elite position player signed by the (apparently) loaded Los Angeles Angels. Makin’ it rain over in Anaheim. (Angels add more power with Josh Hamilton)
- Anibal Sanchez is the prize of a bidding war between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. It’s times like these where you wish an auctioneer was calling the updates. (Sanchez takes Cubs’ offer back to Tigers to match)
On Thursday, December 13th, 2012, $225 million dollars (depending on the Sanchez deal) worth of contracts were handed out just on that day. Baseball is just ridiculous sometimes.