re: 2012 GIANTS...TROUT >
LOL... Typical Marlins fire sale.
Giants just resigned LHP Jeremy Affeldt, to 3 years, $18 million. A tad steep, but it's obvious based on the success of the GIANTS, quality relievers are going to get $$$ this offseason. Between the Dodgers throwing so much money at League and thus setting the market for Affeldt and co., and teams looking to bullpen strength in the wake of the Giants securing two World Series Titles in three years, it's a lot like teams in the aftermath of the Moneyball craze a decade ago going overboard for anyone with strong OBP.
Speaking of OBP, this is perhaps Nick Swisher's greatest attribute. Wonder how things are progressing with him in the FA market based on those rumors from a couple days back.
Torii Hunter always signs up fast during free agency and it looks like his probable destination is Detroit Tigers. He is going to meet with Tigers representatives very, very soon (could be tonight? certainly this week) and he says he already knows who he wants to play for and he speaks of how badly he wants to win a World Series Title in the twilight his career.
Davey Johnson and Bob Melvin just won National League Manager of the Year and American League Manager of the Year, respectively.