It's late January, the fourth slowest month for baseball news (besides October, March, and February), which makes it surprisingly not that slow at all. The point is that more is happening around the seams than one might see at first glance.
Here I've collected our original editorials, opinions, biggest breaking news, and the dumbest things I could find for our Peanuts and Crackerjacks section. I hope you are both informed, amused, and horrified:
The Big News:
Justin Upton trade: The whole story in one place - MLB Daily Dish
As the dust settles on the 2nd or 3rd largest trade of the offseason (let that simmer in your head for a moment), let's take a look back at how this whole thing happened.
Mets sign Shaun Marcum - MLB Daily Dish
New York has finally netted its first major-league free agent of the offseason.
Philadelphia Phillies sign Delmon Young - MLB Daily Dish
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Baltimore Orioles sign Jair Jurrjens - MLB Daily Dish
The Orioles add some pitching depth by inking the right-handed free agent to a major-league deal.
Alex Rodriguez Injury: Yankees 3B could miss entire 2013 season - MLB Daily Dish
There's a chance that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 season.
Opinions & Analysis
Is Mets' Interest in Michael Bourn all for show? - MLB Daily Dish
The Mets have come out of nowhere to jump in the lead in the bidding for Michael Bourn, but is their interest genuine or is it just for show?
Justin Upton trade: Braves easily win deal - MLB Daily Dish
The Braves were the winners of the Justin Upton trade.
Jair Jurrjens signing: Orioles make good bet - MLB Daily Dish
The Orioles made a good bet in signing right-hander Jair Jurrjens.
Chicago White Sox Pitchers are Very, Very Left-Handed: Does it Matter? - MLB Daily Dish
The White Sox are set to have a highly imbalanced pitching staff, perhaps one of the most heavily left-handed of the last 40 years. Is that a competitive advantage or disadvantage?
The dumbest/funniest/most worthless/most touching stuff I could find:
1977: Despicable thievery of Royals' uniforms leads to Brewer-on-Brewer carnage - MLB Daily Dish
Here's a great example of the atrocities a quality team like the late 70s Kansas City Royals were forced to endure because 1) they were so awesome and popular and 2) somebody stole their uniforms.
Stan Musial video: The Man plays 'Take me out to the ballgame' on harmonica, world weeps - MLB Daily Dish
What a better tribute to Stan Musial than seeing The Man himself playing "Take me out to the ballgame" on harmonica. What a treasure. (ok, this isn't dumb or worthless, but it's in our #crackerjacks section. don't sue me.)
MLB The Show 2013 cover revealed: A DREAD PIRATE APPEARS - MLB Daily Dish
The Pittsburgh Pirates' Public Relations department did a masterful job getting the word out for their man, Andrew McCutchen, and now he's made the cover of MLB 13 The Show. Here's the result.
Helpful advice for our younger, cap-wearing readers - MLB Daily Dish
Good lord my young baseball cap-wearing brethren, READ THIS NOW.