It's a 4-day Palooza this week. Not including anything good that gets posted today because I'll be kicking it in Chicago by the time this posts. Still a very good batch of links this week. - On Monday, Ben Diamond of BP Bronx reviewed Nathan Eovaldi's pre- and post-splitter performance in 2015 and touched on what he needs to do to make the pitch even better in 2016.
- El duque of It Is High... concocted a few extreme ideas if Cash really is "open to anything" this offseason. Always good to think outside the box.
- On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain's Blog laid out his plan for the offseason if ownership is willing to add payroll. It's got no step 3, but I think it's still a pretty good plan.
- Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at Cash's recent history of acquiring young MLB-level players with upside and team control. Been a pretty good strategy so far.
- Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs broke down the keys to understanding Aaron Hicks' performance to date and potential going forward. Definitely check this out if you aren't up to speed on Hicks.
- Mike Axisa of RAB profiled Jeff Samardzija as a free agent target.
- On Thursday, Wally Matthews of ESPN NY did the same thing with Scott Kazmir.
- Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted mused on the possible next moves after the Murphy-Hicks trade.
From the IIATMS team:
- On Wednesday, I discussed the possibility of Brett Gardner being traded to the Mariners and what the Yankees could get out of that deal.
- On Thursday, Matt updated the current state of the rotation heading into the big part of the offseason.
- On Friday, Stacey's debut post for The Hardball Times went up. It's a look back at a random Yankees-Brewers game in 1990. Definitely check her out over there in addition to here at home base.
I really wish Tool would make another album. It's not going to happen, but I can still wish.
Enjoy your weekends, everybody.