The NL MVP award will be going back to St. Louis today at 11am MST. Albert Pujols won the award in 2005 and 2008. Aside from landslide drama, we might be interested to see where Troy Tulowitzki ends up on ballots. The MLB.com article made a serious mistake in appointing two Nationals as "dark horses" while leaving Tulo's name completely out of the article.
Tracy Ringolsby acknowledges the Rockies don't have a contender for MVP, but he still made sure purple would find its way on the voting tapestry with his vote:
1. Albert Pujols
2. Troy Tulowitzki
3. Chase Utley
4. Hanley Ramirez
5. Prince Fielder
6. Andre Ethier
7. Pablo Sandoval
8. Adrian Gonzalez
9. Huston Street
10. Adam Wainwright
Free agent talk
Hat tip to RMN here: Jason Grilli has signed with a seventh team. Who that team is has yet to be announced, but we can be certain it isn't the Rockies. Grilli was 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA with Colorado in 2008, and after being traded to Texas for cash in June, he had an ERA under two for much of the season.
Buster Olney tweets that teams are being aggressive in their pursuit of Randy Wolf. That's not surprising given the weak FA class. Marc Hulet from Fangraphs warns that the lefty may be a a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Perhaps he meant a sheep with a wolf's name.
It is looking likely that the Dodgers won't trade for Roy Halladay to replace Wolf, as Ned Colletti doesn't want to part with Chad Billingsley. A deal hear is widely considered "a long shot."
The Colorado native could still land in "Los Angeles" though. With J.P. Ricciardi gone, the Angels have renewed interest, as Toronto's new GM might not require Erick Aybar in return.
Lastly, Are Metrics Blinding Our Perception? - NYTimes.com "Welcome to the Age of Metrics - or to the End of Instinct."