Boxing Day Applesauce: Sadly No Mega-Sales on 4th Outfielders or Backup Shortstops

Just a scant ten weeks until pitchers and catchers report. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hope you all enjoyed any holiday celebrations this year, I received a Josh Satin shirtsy from my brother for Christmas, which is both awesome and a sad indictment of just how far my reputation precedes me now. But mostly awesome. Now let's round-up some holiday news.

Faith and Fear collects its Happiest 163 Mets games into one giant omnibus package for your convenience and perusal.

Crag Calcaterra prepares you for the horror of sportswriters' HoF ballot columns. It's going to be a long couple of weeks, you guys.

Joba Chamberlain: ITBSOHL? Careful now, you don't want to peak too early Joba. You should always aim to hit TBSOYL in Spring Training.

Very soon the Athletics may be asking, "Do you know the way to San Jose?"

Rob Neyer takes a look at free agents that might be forced into retirement this offseason and what their relative Hall of Fame chances are. I'm gonna miss Tim Wakefield, who was my favorite non-Met even back when he was with the Pirates and didn't look quite as much like Bruce Boxleitner.

With the San Francisco Giants having a very quiet offseason, much to their fans' chagrin, most think they are socking away cash to extend their trio of arms. So MLBTR takes a look at what a Matt Cain extension might look like.

I, for one, certainly can't resist the siren song of articles about junkballing, fringy prospects, so here is a look at how former Nationals pitcher Tom Milone might do in the friendly confines in Oakland. I am just happy I can root for Milone without guilt now.

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