I spent most of this week catching up on what I missed last week in my personal, professional, and blogtacular lives, so this is admittedly a shorter 'Palooza than usual. Let's get right to it. - On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked ahead to the 2015 bullpen and the possibility of a group-wide regression.
- On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog analyzed the record-setting Giancarlo Stanton contract and attempted to correct some of the misconceptions surrounding it.
- John Beck of Pinstripe Alley weighed the potential value of Brett Gardner compared to Elvis Andrus as the Yankees continue to search for a new shortstop.
- On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes proposed a Yanks-Braves trade that most people probably haven't thought about.
- Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at past Rule 5 protection decisions and how those have worked out for the Yankees since.
- On Thursday, Mike Axisa profiled Brett Anderson as a possible buy-low FA starter target for this offseason. I'm sure there are a lot of teams who view Anderson similarly.
- On Friday, David Schoenfield of ESPN evaluated David Robertson's FA value from a positive and negative standpoint.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Tuesday, Scott compiled our latest group email chain into a coherent discussion about trading for Troy Tulowitzki.
- On Wednesday, I attempted to justify D-Rob's reported search for "Papelbon money".
Going with some Tool for this week's tune. I've read a few scattered reports here and there on them being back in the studio recording again, and I have to admit that a new Tool album in 2015 would be one of my highlights of the year. I listened to a lot of their catalog on the flight back from Germany last Saturday and was once again struck by how great all their music is. I don't even know how one would go about comprising their complete collection down to a dozen or so songs for a greatest hits album. There's just too many to count.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.