Saturday Liftoff Links

SPARTA, KY - JULY 08: Honorary Starter and Triple Crown Winning Jockey, Steve Cauthen waves the green flag as Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, and Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Valvoline NextGen Ford, lead the field to start the NASCAR Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2011 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

While Jordan Lyles was again trying to secure his first Major League victory I was putting these links that are full of win.

Trade Talk is Heating Up

What the Astros Have in the Cupboard | FanGraphs Baseball
Joe Pawlikowski takes a look at what the Astros can offer on the trade market.

Trade Bait: Wandy Rodriguez - Baseball Nation
Should the Houston Astros trade Wandy Rodriguez, a fan-favorite who is locked up through 2013?



The All Star Game is Almost Here

2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game Roster Review: World Team Hitters - Minor League Ball
John Sickels takes a look at the World roster for the upcoming futures game and yes Jose Altuve is covered.

Bloated rosters, managerial decisions hurting MLB's All-Star Game - Tom Verducci -
Verducci has some ideas for the All-Star game and I kind of agree with him. Agree, disagree or just flat out don't care. Did I mention there will be a lot of All-Star Game talk in the next podcast?



Around the Baseball World

Which Team is the Most Popular in Baseball? - Beyond the Box Score
An interesting method to finding out the most popular team in baseball.

The 5 Worst Recent MLB Contracts for Position Players
I'm shocked Carlos Lee didn't make the list, but there could be a few reasons for this. Rob Smith forgot about Lee, he's an Astro fan, or he was focusing on contracts lasting longer than Lee's current contract.

Scrapheap Stars | FanGraphs Baseball
An interesting tidbit about a player on the Astros who could be a trading piece that we're not talking about.

Joe Blogs: The Cradle Of Managers
Lot of good and bad talk in regards to Mills lately. This story doesn't really apply but I thought it was a nice story to read in regards to managers.

Evaluating catchers: Framing pitches - part 3
Max tries to further improve his estimate on runs saved by virtue of framing pitches. This is something we've been discussing a bit in the comments.

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