WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: For low BABIP (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Your author spent the weekend huddled in blankets, reading Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 by candlelight, but I assume some baseball stuff happened as well.
Josh Satin has been deported in the midst of a slump for Caracas. This is not uncommon as the Winter League teams prioritize winning over player development. That said, I will be putting together a commando team to invade Venezuela. I am just waiting for some back channel CIA approval. Hail Satin!
The Arizona Fall League is still full of Mets, and Toby Hyde has some video of Jefry Marte and Juan Lagares for you. I still just can't get excited about Lagares, sorry. I am a terrible person. A terrible person who likes his corner players to have some secondary skills.
Here's a list of every single eligible free agent. Hey, if we need a closer, Luis Ayala is available. /stabs self in eyes. /repeatedly. For actual pitching, I would like to see the Mets make a run at Javier Vazquez, assuming he doesn't go through with his plan to retire.
The Yankees have tendered a new offer to CC Sabathia, who is expected to opt out of his current deal. Now they just have to wait by the phones for a response. Otherwise, Ivan Nova is your 2012 Opening Day starter. Or they post like 75 million for Darvish or something. Either way, I will chuckle grimly.
The season is over, but that doesn't mean you have to watch football or something. Wendy Thurm of Baseball Nation has your offeseason activities all planned out for you. It's like baseball camp!
Today is Tedquarters greatest hits day. So expect lots of Taco Bell and sandwich posts from the wayback machine.
Shockingly, the Brewers opted not to pick up the 17.5 million dollar option on K-Rod. I am shocked. As you will recall, this became a mutual option rather than a vesting option when the Brewers and K-Rod negotiated a larger buyout of the deal after his trade from the Mets. Rodriguez is now a free agent.
Meanwhile, Aramis Ramirez turned down his 16 million dollar option and will become a Type B free agent. Ramirez had a bounce back year in 2011, posting a .306/.361/.510 line, good for 3.6 fWAR. He will turn 34 next June, though, and is a bit of a liability defensively.
One of the greatest traditions in sports, the victory parade! The Cardinals fans passed around the hat, but couldn't quite come up with 300 million to resign Pujols, so we will see how free agency goes for him as well.
Assuming you have power (or warm weather) and will be attending Halloween festivities tonight, Baseball Nation has some last minute costume suggestions.