A few quick notes today ...
The World Series is starting tonight!
- Jonah Keri of Grantland picks the Giants to win it all.
- TNT columnist John McGrath picks the Giants
- Big League Stew has 10 numbers for the W.S.
note, Greg Johns of MLB.com reported that Michael Saunders missedSuper 2 status by one day
. What is Super 2?
From the MLB collective bargaining agreement ...
A player with three or more years of service, but less than six years, may file for salary arbitration. In addition, a player can be classified as a "Super Two" and be eligible for arbitration with less than three years of service. A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 22 percent (increased from 17 percent in previous agreements) in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service, however accumulated, but with at least 86 days of service accumulated during the immediately preceding season.
So basically, Saunders will make the MLB minimum of just over 450,000 next season, instead of around 650,000. More importantly his service time clock isn't expedited. Usually this makes a different with mega stars down the line and their contracts, and Saunders hasn't reached that echelon yet. But it still save Seattle some money.
Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing writes about the situation as only he can.
This is from a few days ago, but TNT columnist John McGrath is on board with signing free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Here's a story on James Paxton from a Canadian newspaper
It appears that Michael Pineda won't be ready till June of next season.
Former manager Don Wakamatsu will likely be a candidate for the recently vacated Blue Jays managing position.
Here's the Mariners' winter league report compiled by Kelly Munro. It not only looks at the AFL, but other leagues around the world.