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Picks of the Pen: Prince Fielder and the Twins on TV

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Just so anybody with concerns about the 2012 MLB season knows, that extra playoff team thing that everyone hates is actually really awesome, reports MLB’s official web site.  So you see, there’s no reason to be upset about anything!  It’s like watching the Pro Bowl.

More links than you can handle just below.

Kyle, Staff Writer

Scott Andres of Lasorda’s Lair examines the Dodger’s reported unsuccessful offer to Prince Fielder. He discusses what this might mean for fans and how the National League should react given Albert Pujols‘ and Prince Fielder’s impactful moves from the NL to AL.

Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron posted his most recent and exquisitely nerdy appearance on MLB Network’s Clubhouse Confidential, using the discussion therein as impetus to closely examine relief pitcher usage and performance over the last thirty years. After some discussion and debate, there was also a follow-up post on the topic. The way managers utilize their bullpen has evolved and changed drastically in three decades, are Big League teams getting improved performances as a result of the newer trends in strategy or is there a more efficient model?

Blaine, Senior Editor

So there was this signing that happened last week; you may have heard about it. A certain someone threw something like $214 million at a hefty first baseman.

If you somehow missed the Prince Fielder signing, the writers at FanSided’s Detroit Tigers site, Motor City Bengals, have you covered. They dissected the acquisition any way you possibly could.  Following the breakdown of Fielder to the Tigers, staff writer Bryan Craves wrote a piece in which he told readers why it’s time to cut Brandon Inge loose after last week’s comments.

So you have the Tigers gearing up for another postseason run. And then you have the Orioles.

While this offseason hasn’t brought much hope to Birdland, Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk actually wrote something somewhat flattering regarding the O’s. Matthew wrote a piece on the Orioles projected 2012 lineup and used the words “intriguing” and “surprisingly potent” to describe the group. Maybe he was being a bit optimistic, but I’ll take what I can get at this point.

Justin H., Staff Writer

Jeff Dickinson of Through the Fence Baseball has a new view of Frank McCourt. McCourt, the Dark Lord, proved he had a soft spot by trying to get Prince Fielder as a parting gift. This was a move that most didn’t think the Dodgers would even pursue, but I’d like to take a moment to pat myself on the back and point out my article from Christmas Day.

John Parent of Motor City Bengals discussed how the Tigers overpaid Prince Fielder. While not an uncommon theme, John thinks the Tigers will still try to keep Victor Martinez which will just keep the team financially hand-cuffed.

Joe, Staff Writer

MLB.com released their top 100 prospect rankings, and the Yankees still have four top 100 prospects despite trading Jesus Montero. Manny Banuelos cracked the top 15, one spot behind Montero, and fellow pitching prospect Dellin Betances was also in the top 50.

Puckett’s Pond has a terrific article from Nate Gilmore about why the Minnesota Twins need more TV revenue.

Chris, Staff Writer

Michael Engel from Kings of Kauffman wrote an excellent piece about checking sources before trying to break a news story. It started with some “MLB insiders” on Twitter who basically throw claims of breaking news of signings. Michael actually sets up one of these guys to prove the point.

Jonah Keri from Grantland wrote about the Boston Red Sox surprisingly quiet and strange offseason. Will that soon end?

Doug, Staff Writer

Beck looks at potential trouble down the road for the Tigers on defense after the Fielder signing, while Around the Foghorn’s Stuart Jones discusses Tim Lincecum‘s two year buyout of his remaining arbitration eligibility.

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Tags: Albert Pujols Dellin Betances Manny Banuelos Prince Fielder Tim Lincecum Victor Martinez

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