The Big Trade
The answer to the Tribe's third base problem was never going to be Josh Donaldson, but it was fun to speculate. Yesterday's deal means that it's time to dream other dreams, as Donaldson is now a Blue Jay.
So What Are the A’s Doing Anyway? | FanGraphs Baseball - Dave Cameron on the Donaldson trade.
Athletics designate Kyle Blanks and Josh Lindblom for assignment | HardballTalk - The A's cleared some space on their roster following the Josh Donaldson trade by designating Kyle Blanks and Josh Lindblom for assignment.
Other Black Friday MLB Shopping
Yasmany Tomas signs a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks | HardballTalk - The Dbacks sign the Cuban outfielder.
D’Backs Land Yasmany Tomas | FanGraphs Baseball - Dave Cameron analyzes the Yasmany Tomas deal.
Marlins acquire Aaron Crow from Royals | HardballTalk - Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie in 2011.
Royals re-sign Jason Frasor for $1.8 million | HardballTalk - Barring some trades he'll fill a middle relief role for the bullpen-rich Royals in 2015.
Do Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox have right pieces for trade? | cleveland.com - The Red Sox are looking for starting pitching and have offense to spare. The Indians' starting rotation goes seven deep. Do the two teams have a match?
Indians Inbox: Will Kipnis rebound in 2015? | indians.com - Jordan Bastian takes questions from the fans.
I don't mention it very often, but I have maintained an online radio station on Live365 for over 14 years. Festival Radio plays freeform folk and related styles (bluegrass, Celtic, Americana, cajun/zydeco, blues, gospel, singer/soongwriter, technofolk and more).
Every Christmas, I run an additional station, Festival Christmas, playing freeform Christmas music in the same genres. Below are some of my favorite out-of-the-mainstream holiday albums:
Brave Combo - It's Christmas, Man! - If Christmas means polkas for you, then this is what you need
Bruce Cockburn - Christmas - Canadian singer/songwriter includes seldom-heard pieces like the "Huron Carol."
Jethro Tull - The Jethro Tull Christmas Album - No expense was spared in naming the album, but it's quite good, even if it views Christmas through Tull's cynical lens.
John Morgan - Capture the Night - Finger-style guitar from Columbus, Ohio
Over the Rhine - The Darkest Night of The Year - their first Christmas CD and still one of my favorites.
The Arrogant Worms - Christmas Turkey - Canadian comedy band
The Crossing - The Court of a King - Celtic band from Chicago. Album starts with a digeridoo.
Woody Phillips - A Toolbox Chrstmas - You need to hear "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" played by power tools.