>SweetSpot Roundup 12/14

>Capitol Avenue Club: Roster Update/Rant/Extensions
CAC’s got the breakdown on what the Braves will look like in 2011, and he’s pretty satisfied.

Disciples of Uecker (Brewers): Winter Meetings Summary
Jack’s pretty pleased with the Brew Crew’s Winter Meeting haul.  But all he’d like for Christmas is Carl Pavano.

Fungoes (Cardinals): How does Crawford’s deal affect Pujols?
“The domino effect means that the Angels now still have funds available for Albert next winter, thus returning some leverage to Pujols in this winter’s negotiating tug-o-war, at the very least. At worst, it means that Pujols has become unsignable, if he ever was signable in the first place.”

The View From the Bleachers (Cubs): GirlieView
“My wife and I just named our 8 month old son’s teddy bear ‘Ron Santo.'”  Frankly, I think that’s kind of morbid.  Welcome to life kid, here’s a toy named after a dead guy you’ve never heard of.

Dodger Thoughts: Should Jamie Carroll start for the 2011 Dodgers?
Good heavens, man, what are you suggesting?

Bay City Ball (Giants): Velez Heads South
“If I were to design a ballplayer for the express purpose of destroying franchises and ruining managerial careers, that player would resemble -in probably all ways except looks- Eugenio Velez.”

Mets Today: Sandy Alderson is Friend of Bloggers
Joe is quite pleased with the Mets’ GM’s blogger-friendly words and actions.

Nationals Baseball: Wrong Lee?  Nah.
“He’s not THAT old…. Trusting a player at 35 & 36 doesn’t seem like a terrible idea. Eventually he’ll fall off the cliff but if you don’t think that was last year (and I don’t) than it’s fine to gamble on the short term.”

Ducksnorts (Padres): Small-Market Sonnet
A comforting verse for Padres fans in mourning for their lost Lenore.

Crashburn Alley (Phillies): Graphical Player 2011
Bill implores you to buy, buy, buy (one of the best fantasy baseball books available).
Bonus: Also, the Phillies signed some guy last night. Probably AAA depth or something.

Redleg Nation: Jose Reyes at Shortstop?
Are the Reds in the market for a SS?  And what would he cost in terms of treasure (prospects)?

Fire Brand of the AL (Red Sox): When Winning Isn’t Enough, Crawford & Gonzalez at the Plate
Really two different stories smooshed together: one on the Sox’s flagging popularity (everything’s relative, people) and what they might be trying to do about it; another about what the two big new additions bring to the offense.

Sox Machine (White Sox): Results: Kenny Williams’ trade grades
Readers grade every trade in the GM’s ten-year history.

Royals Authority: Royals at Short and the General Silliness Surrounding Yuniesky Betancourt
“Even if Cortes becomes an effective power reliever for the Mariners, the Royals have not been irreparably harmed by the presence of Yuniesky Betancourt. That said, let’s not fool ourselves:  Betancourt is part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

Nick’s Twins Blog: Three-Bagger: Greinke, Hardy and Speed
“If you believe their claims, the Twins’ front office seems to think they can improve their 94-win team by subtracting defensive proficiency and adding foot speed. That’s a shaky proposition based on the way things played out last year. Whether or not you put much stock into UZR as a statistic, it was clearly more closely correlated with success this past year than stolen bases.”

It’s About the Money, Stupid (Yankees): Cliff Lee To Continue To Take His Time
The last three posts on the site are all about Lee, all suddenly outdated. Apparently Bill stays up later than Jason and company do. I’d encourage you to go to the site and check out what’s sure to be at least one uniquely insightful take on yesterday’s late-night Lee-to-Phillies shocker.

Pro Ball NW (Mariners): The Roster After The Meetings
The Mariners, somewhat quietly, were one of the more active teams in Orlando next week. Conor breaks down your M’s as they stand today.

The Ray Area: Going to the chapel, Longo, wants to get maaaaaaaaaried
The Rays may have just lost the franchise’s best player, but the current American League’s best player wants to stay for a very long time.  Or…wants the Rays front office to panic and hand him a lot of money to pacify the fanbase.  Either way.

Baseball Time in Arlington (Rangers): Report: Phillies Reach Tentative Agreement With Cliff Lee
Just a stub (but with lots of entertaining comments in a schadenfreude-y way). As with IIATMS, I’m sure you can visit the site later today — or even now — and find some more in-depth thoughts on the move.

Ghostrunner on First (Blue Jays): Compare & Contrast
Looking at how the individual Jays players fare under the two different versions of WAR.