With literally nothing to report on the Indians front, we'll just take a short cruise around the league, look at some analysis of the past week's big contracts and some noteworthy analytical work.
Remembering those left off the Hall of Fame ballot | HardballTalk — Nobody talked about the one notable LGFT who isn't on the ballot but perhaps should have been.
Charlie Manuel turned down several opportunities to become a hitting coach | HardballTalk — It's not exactly a shock that Manuel's gotten offers, given that the last lineup he coached scored 1,009 runs. Then again, it's not exactly a shock that he'd turn down offers, given the grind of coaching is about equal to managing. No doubt Manuel feels someone should be offering another manager's gig, especially when you think about how he never for a moment lost the chip on his shoulder about Shapiro not extending his contract, not even at the exact moment when he won a World Series.
Dave Cameron on latest deals | MLB.com — I like seeing sabermetric bloggers on TV, both because it's nice to see them get the recognition, and also because it's amusing to see if they can pull off the "TV guy" thing even a little. The extremes are Rob Neyer, who is God-awful and (not trying to be mean here) really needs some kind of a therapist or coach or both, and Jay Jaffe, who has a completely relaxed 1970s vibe like he might light up a cigarette. Anyway, Brian Kenny leads a panel discussion here which is the best overall analysis I've seen of the past week's deals. Cameron isn't the smoothest guy on it by any stretch, yet his insights are so good that he kind of steals the segment anyway.
Another way of measuring a manager | FOX Sports — Russell Carleton takes another run at what is perhaps the game's most unmeasurable factor. Worth a look.