At this rate I’d guess that Cole Hamels will start the season with Philly and be shopped mid-season rather than be traded now. But in case you want to keep tabs on things:
The Red Sox and Padres are the teams most often mentioned, but anyone might want one of the game’s top lefties. If you’re Ruben Amaro, there’s no reason not to wait for a great offer.
The Palm Beach County Commission has approved the land swap needed to make the Astros-Nationals spring training facility a reality:
The proposal calls for building the stadium on 160 acres of city-owned land at the southeast corner of 45th Street and Haverhill Road. The county would pay for about half of the new stadium and training facility’s estimated $135 million cost and the teams and the state would pay for the rest.
A key part of the deal involves the county trading land with the city to acquire the stadium site.
There are still a couple of hurdles, but this was the final hurdle considered significant by folks who have paid attention to this.
Mark Armour and Dan Levitt have written a book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. In support of that, they are counting down the top-25 GMs of all time over at their blog. Since it’s slow season, I’m going to continue linking to the countdown as it’s great stuff we rarely read about in the normal course.
Dave Dombrowski has had success with three teams: the Expos, Marlins and Tigers. The Expos success was a bit delayed — he was gone by the time his moves bore competitive fruit — but he put together the Marlins’ first World Series winner and built the Tigers up from nothing to a perennial contender.
As of now he’s trying to keep an aging Tigers team with no farm system to speak of afloat. Does he have a couple more years of magic in him?