Inside Baseball: NL Notes | FanRag Sports
Jon Heyman suggests that free agent Carlos González may be best off seeking a one-year deal and “resetting.” He points to Adrián Beltré as an example. Beltré signed a one-year contract with Boston before the 2010 season. At age 31, Beltré took a pay cut from what he earned in his previous contract years. But he posted one of his best seasons, and that led him to sign a long-term deal with the Texas Rangers. All he’s done since then is solidify himself as a future Hall of Famer. CarGo might not take that path exactly, but it wouldn’t be too surprising for him to land a one-year deal to show that his late season return to form wasn’t a fluke.
J.D. Martinez potential free-agent locations | MLB.com
Speaking of free agent outfielders, JD Martinez will be on the open market once hot stove season officially opens. Jon Paul Morosi identifies five places he could land. He speculates that Martinez could end up with the Angels or Red Sox. And, if so, that's fine. But then he goes and considers the Cardinals (ugh), the Diamondbacks (ughh), and the Giants (ughhh) as possible fits. Martinez is a great player who is fun to watch. Luckily, I don't mind watching AL games. Please go there, JD.
How the love of baseball brings together a crowd | BSN Rockies
Jake Shapiro sought out and talked to several Rockies fans who traveled to Phoenix for the Rockies' Wild Card game. It's an awesome look inside the ways in which baseball can bring people, even strangers, together. There's also a look inside the hard, slow, and memorable road the folks from BSN Rockies and Mile High Sports took from Denver to Arizona for the game.