Let's get back to throwing out some good links from around the SweetSpot network ...
Alex Poterack of Disciples of Uecker has three futures for Ryan Braun.
Capitol Avenue with thoughts on a potential Drew Stubbs trade to the Braves and a look at the optimal Braves lineup as it now stands.
First, Ian Kinsler is probably better than you think. He's signed for two more years. But what to do about signing Kinsler to a long-term extension?
Bobby Valentine announced over the weekend that the Red Sox intend to try Daniel Bard as a starter. Troy Patterson of the Fire Brand blog has some thoughts.
Our guys at Camden Depot have a great series up on the Orioles' top-25 prospects. Be sure to check it out. They have Dylan Bundy rated ahead of Manny Machado. I'd probably have the position player higher, due to the risky nature of pitching prospects, but both are high-upside talents, maybe top 15 in all of baseball.
Jon Weisman on the Angels-Dodgers rivalry.
The Phillies have a tough decision to make on Kyle Kendrick: Is he worth the $3.2 million or so he'd make in arbitration? Sticking with the Phillies, Bill Baer says Freddy Galvis is not the solution at shortstop.
Mark Heilig thinks the Rays undermined their ability to get value for a starting pitcher by signing Matt Moore now rather than in spring training.
Joe Janish asks, should the Mets sign Jimmy Rollins? I believe in Ruben Tejada, so I'd spend the money the Mets probably don't have elsewhere.
The Indians signed Felix Pie and are still rumored to be in on Michael Cuddyer, Josh Willingham and maybe Derrek Lee.
Can the Giants live with Brandon Crawford's bat at shortstop if his defense is good enough?
As Brien Jackson writes, somebody in the Yankees front office must really, really like Freddy Garcia.
Don't miss the new movie: "Cubbieball."