With my annual trip to the Arizona Fall League getting underway Wednesday morning, this space will include notes from games I attend including the Rising Stars Game on Saturday night.
Free agency begins in earnest at 12:01 am EST on Saturday morning, so there should be plenty of activity in the coming days.
Options Picked Up
James Shields, SP, TAM ($10.5 million) - Shields turned in another impressive season for the Rays, with a career-high 8.8 K/9 and 3.52 ERA over 227.2 innings last season. Fangraphs values his last two seasons at a combined $41.2 million, making his option a no-brainer to exercise. The Rays have a glut of pitching talent, so it will be interesting to see how that is addressed during the offseason as the front office makes the necessary roster adjustments to make a run at a postseason berth. Shields ranked 12th among starting pitchers in standard 5 x 5 leagues (15-team mixed, $260 budget) with an $18 value and his 2010 season is standing out as a clear ...