While the Astros were acquiring a shortstop I was compiling a list of awesomeness. My apologies to the two of you who actually read the links post. I have no excuse for not getting it on time and can only beg for your forgiveness.
Appy Astros: Jordan Parraz - Heading to LVBP
AppyAstro discusses former Astro Minor League player Jordan Parraz
First look: New Sugar Land ballpark
Everyone loves a pretty ballpark rendering. To brighten up your offseason, here's a first look at the new Sugar Land (Texas) ballpark, scheduled to open in 2012 as the home of an independent Atlantic League team.
True Utility: Nick Punto | FanGraphs Baseball
I know I speculate a lot about who Ed Wade might be interested in, but this article's description of Punto's skill set, coupled with a move to the National League might make him a 'creative' target.
Inside Salary Arbitration | FanGraphs Baseball
An explanation of the Salary Arbitration process.
Padres hire Ex-Astro Ausmus as special assistant | Baseball | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
This is a no brain move for Ausmus. It allows him to stay involved in baseball and spend time with his family. It may be a while before he joins the coaching ranks.
more links after the jump.
Statistics and Graphs
Sabermetrics And You: An Introduction - Amazin' Avenue
The Bill James quote = mind melting. The rest of the writing is superb, too.
Baseball Prospectus | Spinning Yarn: Pitcher Release Points
The graphs are drool inducing.
Flip Flop Fly Ball. Baseball infographics and other visual treats.
One of the coolest graphics I have seen--ever.