Peter Gammon's "blog" entry contained many interesting nuggets of information. Given it is behind the subscription wall, I'll limit this post to just a couple comments that are behind the wall. (A Thanksgiving thanks for Mr. Gammons' recovery. His articles were missed this summer, and it is great to have him back for the Hot Stove League.)
The one that isn't behind the wall is the bit about reliever Danys Baez asking for 3YR/$21MM. He wants to close, and in light of Justin Speier's $18 mil over 4 years, a three-year deal seems downright rationale.
On Jason Schmidt:
Can anyone imagine giving $10+MM per year to a starrting pitcher who won't throw a breakingball because it hurts his elbow?
On Eric Gagne:
Soon enough, no one will know what the "Bugs Bunny change-up" will reference. I know my children don't. With six 24/7 cartoon stations, none play Looney Tunes.