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The big news coming out of yesterday was the A's re-acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros. Now that they have gotten Lowrie back, that could make Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia available.
Could this be the end of starting pitchers as we know them? Mike Bates explores that question.
On its surface, Petriello's argument makes sense. If your club's goal is to prevent runs, one of the best things you can do is to simply go to the bullpen earlier. His prime example, the Rays, did that and rode a relatively unexceptional group of arms to the 9thbest run prevention in baseball. Petriello's ideal scenario is, when you don't have a true top end starter or two to rely on, to use "short starters" for two trips through the order, and then remove them for a parade of relievers.
We also certainly saw how effectively the Royals have shortened games with their incredibly deep and talented bullpen in the postseason. And we saw how sticking withMatt Harvey came back to bite Terry Collins and the Mets. Both analytically and anecdotally, the theory seems sound.
Two catchers have been taken off the market, with Alex Avila signing a one-year deal with the White Sox and Geovany Soto heading to the Angels on a one-year deal as well.
The Yankees are open to moving Ivan Nova.
David Price is drawing a lot of interest with the Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants and Dodgers being in the mix.
Price has already gone on record as saying that winning in Chicago, specifically with the Cubs, "would probably be the coolest city to win a championship in. They haven't done it in I'm not sure how long. To do that there that would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now."
While comfort level is undoubtedly important to Price, "if the Sox outbid the Cubs by say $30 million, hello Boston", but as of now, he does not consider them to be his first choice. The Price saga likely won't end soon, at least not before the upcoming Winter Meetings, and it would be somewhat of a surprise to see him sign that early.
The Braves inked Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
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