Sorry for being late: I spent most of the evening voting for Adam Plutko as much as I could. Because I most desperately want Matt to write the article about him on Monday.
As always, Pluto's Sunday notes are well worth reading through in full. He talks about his dumbest awards vote in light of the controversy over the Griffey Hall of Fame vote. He also mentions the FanGraphs projections (in which the Indians win the 2016 AL Central). And also he notes that the Indians are still scrounging around for free agent relievers to bring to camp, as the Indians are lacking a bit in depth in that area.
I swear Zack Meisel wrote this article for my amusement. Thanks, Zack! The follow-up of course is in reference to an interview he did with Shapiro a couple days ago.
The LGT favorite talks about why things went really well for him in 2015 (with video).
Subsidies for sports franchises has always played out like the Prisoner's Dilemma, with MLB happily playing the role of the cop, and of course the cities playing the part of the prisoner. Usually in the end the community ends up paying for the bulk of the stadium because of the threat of moving. That's how Jacobs/Progressive Field got built, as well as most other stadiums across the country. I don't see the Rays' situation any different, and so I don't see MLB acting any differently than they have in the past.
The Royals shore up their rotation somewhat. I'll talk more about this in Monday's weekly transactions post.
Previously high school players who hired an agent would lose their college eligibility, so instead they could only hire