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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 | — 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.

The Effects of Pitch Sequencing – The Hardball Times — Paul Swydan takes on a subject that has barely been analyzed at all, as far as I know. Definitely worth a look.

It’s The Hardball Times Annual 2015! – The Hardball Times — While you're over there, you might want to browse the table of contents of the upcoming THT Annual, which looks like great winter reading. Our pal August covers the 10 biggest stories in the AL Central in the revised format, but it's the business and analysis pieces that really sound interesting.

Red Sox splurge on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez looks a lot like the last one that didn't work | FOX Sports — Ken Rosenthal notices that the new Red Sox are operating a lot like the old Red Sox. I'd had the same thought. Is this really such a good core roster that you dump hundreds of millions on it to make a big "this is our window" run? The overall group seems old to me.

No, the Marlins probably have not changed | FOX Sports — Neyer notices that the new Marlins are operating a lot like the old Marlins.

Andrew Miller is not re-signing with the Orioles | HardballTalk — That rarest of creatures, the (apparently) reliably good relief pitcher. I have to wonder if he ends up in Detroit.

Josh Willingham is retiring | HardballTalk — The Indians caught all kinds of grief for letting this guy sign with the Twins for the 2012 season. We won't ever know the exact details, but word on the street was that the Indians wouldn't give him a third year. The Twins gave him $21 million over three years, and the Indians looked like dopes when he shockingly had a career year to the tune of 3.2 WAR. The thing is, the great majority of free agent deals look best after exactly one season, and though WIllingham's exactly one season was an exaggerated version, the rest of the deal followed suit. He missed 100 games over the other two years of the deal, and he was a league-average hitter playing bad defense at a non-skill position. He was, in short, right in between replacement level and average overall.

Pulling back the shot even further, Willingham is a guy who was paid some $14 million for the first seven seasons of his career, during which he averaged 2.4 WAR. He was then rewarded for that performance with a $21 million deal, during which he averaged 1.6 WAR for three years. So just in case anyone needed to be reminded which side of that divide you want to get players on ... it's the earlier one. Anyway. He earned $35 million total over nine years, which just goes to show: It really pays to be a perfectly average major league ballplayer.