Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus questions whether or not 2012 was "Year of the Right-Handed Hitter": Baseball Prospectus Year of the Right-Handed Hitter:
If 2011 was the second coming of the Year of the Pitcher—and it sort of was given this year's small hitting rebound—then 2012 could be classified in the moment as the year of the right-handed hitter.
But is this part of a growing trend toward that batter's box or more of an isolated season at the top end of the talent spectrum?
Jonah Keri of Grantland presents the first part of his trade value rankings: Grantland MLB Trade Value Rankings: Part 1:
If every team declared every player in baseball available to be traded, who would fetch the biggest return? The execution is trickier. Baseball's service-time rules play a huge role in determining trade value, given that players come cheapest in the first six years of their major league careers, and players most often peak in their mid-to-late 20s — often just before they become eligible for free agency. Still, bang for the buck isn't the only factor considered when ranking players here.
Wendy Thurm of FanGraphs analyzes MLB TV revenues: FanGraphs | Local TV Landscape:
A 25-year deal worth between $6 billion and $7 billion would net the Dodgers between $240 million and $280 million per year. Per year. That’s more than any team has ever spent on player salaries in a single season — even the Yankees. And it’s nearly double the amount of local TV revenue pulled in annually by the team with the second-most lucrative deal — the other Los Angeles team (the Angels) — which entered into a 17-year deal with Fox Sports West worth $2.5 billion.
Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation searches for candidates on each team who could receive Longoria-esque extensions: Baseball Nation-- When 2022 doesn't feel like forever:
So leaving aside the Rays and the Reds -- who already have their 2022 guys -- who should be targeted for MMYC's, assuming the dollars are available? Here's Part 1 of this two-part series ...Hey, Evan Longoria can't be the only player worth locking up for another decade. Who should other teams by trying to sign through 2022?
The deal is even better for the Rays than it looks (and "worse" for Longoria, if you can say such a thing about a guy who just guaranteed himself a huge sum of money) because none of that money gets paid until at least four years from now. The Rays are set to benefit from something you've probably at least heard of called the time value of money: in the simplest possible terms, a dollar is worth more today than it will be tomorrow