Here's to a great week!
The Tribe's owner, Paul Dolan, along with other team employees served food on Sunday to 375 local residents in need. The Thanksgiving meals included over 185 pounds of turkey, 175 pounds of ham, 150 pounds of stuffing, six gallons of gravy, and more.
Pillar's name has popped up in a few rumors involving some of our awesome starting pitching, and this article goes long detailing the pros and cons of Toronto moving Pillar. The 26-year-old outfielder slashed .278/.314/.399 and had an uninspiring 93 wRC+. While his defense is amazing, count me as not a huge, huge fan.
Atlanta recently traded Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin, leaving them with a whole lot of prospects and tons of holes on their Major League roster. Is John Hart nuts or building another monster of a team? From Laurila:
The club's brain trust presumably sees more upside in the kids they're acquiring than in the experience they're jettisoning. Of course, the fear is that they could be dead wrong - the light at the end of the tunnel could be the Cannonball Express. But based on the track records of key evaluators, they may actually be right. Special assistant Roy Clark was one of the architects of Atlanta's glory years, and scouting director Brian Bridges signed Steve Cishek, Craig Kimbrel and Alex Wood when he was an area scout. They know pitching, and young pitching is being imported in droves.
Looking back, John Smoltz had a 5.68 ERA and a 5.6 BB/9 in Double-A when the Braves acquired him from the Tigers in 1987. This best-case-scenario example does come with a caveat: Atlanta lost 300 games over the next three seasons.
Please, no! With plenty of prospects and the World Series buzz, the Royals make some sense in regards to a landing spot for Fernandez.
Pitcher Brett Anderson, outfielder Colby Rasmus, and catcher Matt Weiters were the first players in MLB history to accept the one-year qualifying offers extended by their teams. With the potential for a weaker 2017 free agent class, these players are making a calculated gamble on their performance this coming year. It makes sense why all three guys took the offers, and I think Weiters has by far the most to gain.