Checking in with the NL West:
Marlins Acquire Wade LeBlanc from Padres, Trade John Baker - Fish Stripes
"Perhaps the only advantage of this move is that LeBlanc has only two years of service time total in baseball despite playing in parts of four seasons in the majors. This means that unlike newly expensive options such as Chris Volstad (who is also a non-tender option), the Marlins will not have to pay LeBlanc a whole lot of money to be a fifth starter or long man out of the bullpen."
Joe Torre reportedly weighs joining bid to buy Dodgers - latimes.com
"Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre has discussed teaming with one of Los Angeles' most prominent real estate developers in pursuing the team." <-- The first and only question we should be asking is, "Joe Torre has enough money to join in the purchase of a MLB club?"
Offseason decisions: Should the Padres rebuild? - The Hardball Times
"Right now, the Padres simply aren’t that good. Over the last four years, they’ve averaged just 75 wins per season. The 2010 season in which San Diego won 90 games was largely looked at as a fluke, and when you look at that roster and the performances surrounding that year, it is certainly a plausible explanation. Not to mention, the anchor of that team, Gonzalez, now resides in Boston."
Rockies' Street on the move? - Ken Rosenthal
"Rockies closer Huston Street isn’t a free agent. But don’t be surprised if he changes teams this off-season. The Orioles and Blue Jays are among the teams that have expressed trade interest in Street, major-league sources say."
Is There A Market For Bartlett? - FanGraphs Baseball
"Teams wary of paying Rollins $48 million over four years should look at Furcal as a Plan B. But teams focusing their attention solely on Furcal should consider the merits of trading for Bartlett instead. He carries less risk and is more likely to provide some bang for his buck."