Today's links are intended only for your amusement; please, no wagering ...
* When it comes to the megadeal, everyone's in agreement: the Diamondbacks got rooked. That was definitely my kneejerk reaction. I wonder, though ... Josh Byrnes isn't generally considered to be a foolish man. We're supposed to assume that the Diamondbacks didn't get enough for Max Scherzer. But it's possible, isn't it, that Byrnes knows a lot more about Scherzer than we know? Of course it is. I'm still surprised they couldn't get more for him. But let's give it a few months before we simply assume those guys don't know what they're doing.
* I'll let you in on a little secret: Lately I've been paying special attention to baseball in the 1960s. And boy, I sure would love to see this one-man play.
* Two good bits of news from the BBWAA yesterday. First, Sean Forman was admitted to the BBWAA. Richly deserved. And second, henceforth, Cy Young ballots will contain room for five candidates rather than three. Aaron Gleeman (somewhat brilliantly) calls this the "Keith Law Law" (here's why).
* Dwight Jaynes knew Doug Harvey before Harvey became "God" ... but even then, he was one classy umpire.
* I don't think the Hall of Fame's machinery will even consider Bill James as a candidate while he's working for the Red Sox, but here's one small positive sign for the future: Boston's baseball writers are giving James a fairly prestigious award -- prestigious in Boston, anyway -- next month.