It's Christmas week, and I've run out of stupid jokes about how many days are left to finish your shopping. So yeah, let's get on with the baseball news:
Indians news & notes
Terry's talkin' Gavin Floyd | Cleveland.com - Why would the Indians guarantee Gavin Floyd a spot in the starting rotation? Terry Pluto has a few thoughts on that and a few other things, including Magic Hands.
Floyd could be solid veteran presence for young rotation | Did The Tribe Win Last Night - If he's healthy, Gavin Floyd could provide a boost to a rotation with tons of potential. He can also be a steadying presence for a bunch of young arms. DTTWLN disagrees with his being given a rotation spot, though.
Remembering Jesus this holiday season | Burning River Baseball - Joseph Coblitz reflects on the 2014 performance of longtime favorite Jesus Aguilar. Will Jesus ever make a real impact on the major league roster? Time is running out.
Progressive Field renos coming along nicely | Cleveland.com - But then why won't the Dolans talk about how much it will cost?! Paul Hoynes has all the hard-hitting questions and answers (hint: no he doesn't).
Tidbits from around MLB
Projecting the new Padres | Sports On Earth - The Padres roster has undergone a complete facelift this offseason, but it might not translate into a playoff berth as hoped.
Ten biggest offseason upgrades | Sports On Earth - Despite the tons of trade action, the Padres may not have made the biggest splash. Paul Casella looks at projected WAR to measure which teams made the best upgrades. Brandon Moss alert!
Padres plan to keep their glut of outfielders | San Diego U-T - There were rumors that the Padres were looking to offload new acquisition Wil Myers in a trade for Cole Hamels, but those rumors are premature.
Are the Rays hunting albatross? | Tampa Bay Times - Buried in an article about Rocco Baldelli is a tidbit about the Rays' potential willingness to take on a player like Ryan Howard or Alex Rodriguez if their current teams are willing to eat some cash. Hey Tampa, we've got a Nick Swisher we can sell ya!
Red Sox looking at Shields, Cabrera willing to move to 2B | Boston Globe - Among Nick Cafardo's notes are tidbits on the Red Sox' interest in James Shields and Asdrubal Cabrera's willingness to move to 2B and sign a one-year contract to reestablish himself.