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Russell Martin's bringing some unique talents to behind the plate in Pittsburgh. The Indians are trying to sign Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley to extensions before they reach arbitration. Also, can Mike Trout join a very exclusive club in 2013?
The MLB owners are thinking about cutting the pensions to those who aren't playing baseball. Opening Day is already less than two short weeks away. Here at Beyond the Box Score, we've been presenting team previews, our most recent being for the Mets and the Padres. Now's the time to try and get in those over/under bets!
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Are SABR's Changes to the Gold Glove Bad for Baseball? by Matt Hunter I Beyond the Box Score
SABR is teaming up with Rawlings to to create a new defensive metric to help award Gold Gloves to award players with better statistical performance. But is this SABR Defensive Index (SDI) really the answer to making the Gold Glove relevant amongst those who evaluate defense through fielding metrics?
Is Russell Martin the Difference Maker for the Pittsburgh Pirates? by Lance Rinker I Beyond the Box Score
The Yankees surprisingly let Martin walk away to the Pirates this offseason. No, he isn't going to save the Pirates with his below average offense, but Lance explains that Martin was one of the best catchers in baseball on defense and pitch framing, elaborating on how much that can help Pittsburgh in 2013.
2013 Team Preview: New York Mets by Spencer Schneier I Beyond the Box Score
Spencer reflects on the Mets' 2012 and offseason while taking a look at the upcoming season. Making an extremely bold prediction for 2013, could d'Arnaud and Wheeler's emergence be a difference maker in the NL-East standings?
2013 Team Preview: San Diego Padres by Ryan Potter I Beyond the Box Score
The Padres' pitching staff suffered from some serious bad luck last year and their most valuable player may miss the first month of 2013 with a broken thumb. With a ton of upcoming prospects running through the minor leagues, could the Padres be a surprise team this season?
Around the Sabersphere
MLB owners want to abolish pensions of personnel by Adam Rubin I ESPN New York
Major League Baseball owners want to cut the pension plans of employees who aren't playing on the field. With the influx of TV and sales revenue in recent years, why are the owners suggesting this? Hopefully this will not be passed when it goes up for a vote in early May.
Mike Trout: Runs > Games by Dave Fleming | Bill James Online
Comparing Trout with other players that have scored more runs than games played, Dave Fleming predicts that he'll either join the exclusive club or score more than 152 runs in 2013. As a South Jersey native, whose high school played Trout's, I hope this happens next year.
MLB Over/Under Report by Jonah Keri I Grantland
One of my most anticipated features of the year, Jonah Keri went to Vegas to rob casinos blind with some over/under bets. After reading this, is there anyone in the area available to place a couple wagers for me?
Minor League Parks Drive Performance by Matt Eddy I Baseball America
Matt Eddy examines the multiple leagues and parks of the minor leagues. Some players are often expected to regress a little after playing in the offense-exploding Pacific Coast League. I was surprised to see so much of a statistical deviation through each level.
Around SB Nation
Out-Of-Character Season: American League East by Eric Simon I SBNation.com
Eric Simon examines the out-of-character seasons of Wade Boggs (Red Sox), John Olerud (Blue Jays), Melvin Mora (Orioles), and Carlos Pena (Rays).
Indians rumors: Discussing Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley extensions by Blaine Blontz I MLB Daily Dish
The Indians are looking to extend Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis. Off to a scorching start last year which was derailed by an oblique injury in the middle of the season, I think now's the time to try and buy low on Kipnis. Cleveland may argue that Brantley's value has dropped since he's being moved to a corner position.
- The Tale of Fernando Rodney and the Magic Plantain by Nathan Aderhold I MLB Daily Dish
Could this be the secret to Fernando Rodney's career resurgence? A fruit? If only I've started eating plantains during my early tee-ball days.
Outside the Sabersphere
Rembert's Top 25 Musical Performances of SXSW by Rembert Browne I Grantland
Prince is somehow 54 years old. And played 5 encores at SXSW this past weekend. Oh yeah, and A Tribe Called Quest got back together to play an hour-long set. Not only that, but they actually seemed to enjoy themselves, only a week after Ali shot down any hopes of a reunion or tour. They're apparently opening for Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z at the Wireless Festival in July over in Europe. Here's to hoping the bad blood that was exposed in their Beats, Rhymes & Life documentary is behind them and some USA shows are coming.