Congratulations to the 2021 World Series Champion Atlanta Braves. They put an absolute beatdown on Houston in game 6 to claim their first crown since the days of the mullet.
The greatest storyline of the Series has to be baseball lifer Brian Snitker getting a ring. His journey to this point has been arduous at best.
Now we turn our clocks back so it is dark before dinner but there is no baseball. Hello darkness my old friend, indeed. Simon and Garfunkel could be perfectly describing the MLB rumor mill with the line “people talking without speaking.” And those days are upon us.
Already teams and players are picking up and declining options and Qualifying Offers are due Monday. Daily links will do their best to keep up on these and I’ll recap the decisions that are major or could impact the Angels here.
Should the Angels offer the Qualifying Offer to Raisel Iglesias? One writer sure thinks so. Please debate down below.
After taking a look at the other right handed relief options, I’m actually OK with the decision either way. With as mercurial as relievers can be, a market including Jansen, Graveman, McHugh, Knebel, Tepera, and more means a solid closer should be available. Building that bridge to the closer is the important part IMO.
I’ve linked it before and I will again, but take a look at the starting pitchers on the market. Just realize we likely three from this list and two from the relief lists (best lefties are linked below).
Of course it takes a front office to run an off season and the Mets are still working on theirs. They’ve been turned down more than Lewis Skolnik at prom time and have now started looking at Billy Eppler.
The fallout from the Series is already starting. Did Carlos Correa play his last game as an Astro and is this the end of an era in Houston?
Perhaps the most interesting off season could take place in Oakland. They’ve already lost manager Bob Melvin to the Padres and they have a huge arbitration class. Where do they go from here?
One particular player of interest to the Angels should be Andrew Chafin, who declined his part of an option and is now a free agent.
Chafin is the jewel of the left handed relief market. Here’s a pretty complete list. Honestly I am very intrigued at adding Kim as a multi inning buy IF we go glove first at shortstop. Give me C-Rod and Kim for twice a week for 2+ innings and we can eliminate a lot of Slegers type appearances.
Some stories will carry over to 2022. Like Trevor Bauer in LA. His decision to opt into $32 million nobody wants to pay him was truly the biggest no brainer of all time.
Bauer’s case reminds us that the wheels of justice turn glacially. Former Angels staffer Eric Kay’s trial for the 2019 death of Tyler Skaggs has again been delayed. He’ll face the jury in January of 2022.
The end of each season also brings about the ends of careers. Giants great Buster Posey decided to call it a career after 12 brilliant seasons. He’s one of my all time favorites and a sure fire Hall of Fame player.
Enjoy your weekend. Link what I missed. For you fight fans, I’m thinking Canelo in 9 via a referee stoppage.