NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out Austin Romine #71 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) with the bases loaded to end the bottom of the ninth inning on September 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
So far, so good. Willie Ballgame has reportedly re-signed with the Diamondbacks and no final news yet on whether the Madson/Philly deal will go through, though Troy Renk does point out that it's a market-setter and could be the starting point at which Papelbon negotiations begin:
"If Ryan Madson can get 4 years, $44-million, Papelbon could be looking at 4-year,$56 million as a free agent"
If you love good, sober analysis and a thorough take-down of a national expert by a team-specific expert, you'll love this rebuke of Rosenthal's Rangers recommendations by Lone Star Ball:
Rosenthal: Rangers should sign everyone - Lone Star Ball
"When you've got the options the Rangers have, why spend $10 million plus per year for multiple years signing a Jonathan Papelbon or a Heath Bell? What's the point? If you want to spend money for the sake of spending money, spend money locking up someone like Elvis Andrus long-term, not on a closer."
Other MLB happenings:
Marlins president Dave Samson talks free agents, Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez - The Palm Beach Post
"We have been pretty organized. We knew this ballpark was coming… This hasn’t snuck up on us. We have known who the free agent class was going to be… We have been planning for this day, really, you can argue, for seven years, in how long it took us to get the building. But for the last two or three years we have been looking forward to his moment right now."
Mike Maddux to interview Wednesday - Muskat Ramblings
"Maddux, 50, will be the third to interview with the Cubs, following Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who was to interview with the Red Sox on Wednesday, was expected to meet with the Cubs this week."
Clarifying the Padres’ new executive structure - Jon Paul Morosi
"Following last week’s announcement that Chad MacDonald has joined the Padres as their assistant general manager in charge of player personnel, here’s a clarification on the current structure of the San Diego front office."