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Quiet Times

Action around Major League Baseball has slowed to a crawl over the last few days, and that’s typical of this time of year. The lower level free agent signings aren’t in any way urgent, and most of the big time free agents have already found homes. Adrian Beltre hasn’t, but I am still trying to figure out who aside from the Angels has serious interest in him. There are teams out there in need of a third baseman, but many of them are either too cash strapped or too intelligent to sign Beltre to a long-term deal. Ask his former employers in Seattle how that worked out. They didn’t even get the good contract year push that the Dodgers or Red Sox got. The Rangers have inquired, but they’d have to do some shuffling of their lineup that I’m not sure would be better than simply signing one of the DH free agents to a short-term deal. Anyway, the point is that this is a very quiet time around baseball.

This is the time when teams are speaking internally with their own players about extensions. Trade discussions are going on, so it’s not exactly quiet within front offices. I’m not sure what time is quiet there, but it does provide a lack of news for the fans. The good news is that pitchers and catchers report in just 46 days (if you don’t include today, which I don’t because it makes it shorter).

This post went on way longer than I originally intended. I sort of babbled on and on as I am wont to do. Here’s the real message – thanks for coming to my blog daily, weekly, once or whenever you have. I hope you keep it up, and I hope you’re enjoying the content. I hope everybody has had happy holidays and has a fantastic 2011!

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