FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: The Diamondbacks and David Peralta sign a three-year, $22 million extension, and the Twins and Miguel Sanó signed an extension as well, for three years and $30 million. These set the bar for extensions in this offseason, and while Peralta is older, the model is the same: slightly oft-injured players getting their final arbitration years bought out in exchange for a certain contract.
Baseball Prospectus | Craig Goldstein ($): In the aftermath of the Astros’ scandal, Rob Manfred made a remark that “culture of the baseball operations department... has been very problematic.” And while it was made clear that ownership did not sanction this, and maybe Jeff Luhnow didn’t either considering it was “player-driven,” a culture of ethics like that can trickle down, and it becomes hard to tell what’s merely an accident and something spawned from exactly what you would have done anyway, or even explicitly condoned.
The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: The ripple effects of the Astros’ scandal are wide-ranging. The Astros now are GM and manager-less, and those two are still considered Technically good at their job and could go somewhere else, culture be damned. There is still punishment to be handed down to Alex Cora and the Red Sox have to deal, and the Mets have to think about how they deal with Carlos Beltran, who was also directly implicated though not punished.