Let’s start off by continuing our shiny new “Tag’s Tweets” mini segment, shall we? Go follow Tags on Twitter, if you don’t already, by clicking this blue button:
A.J. Hinch met with Reed on Tuesday to tell him he will have every opportunity to make the team coming out of camp.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 20, 2018
"It was upsetting," Reed said of not coming up in September.https://t.co/mRxB2wGq0t
After missing the playoffs, Jake Marisnick is eager to get back on field: "It feels good to get back in there."https://t.co/LWN1sx14SU— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 20, 2018
West Palm Beach will honor Astros with celebration at Clematis by Night at the WPB Waterfront (100 N Clematis St.) on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, WPB Mayor Jeri Muoio, Brad Peacock, Alex Bregman and World Series trophy will be there.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 20, 2018
A.J. Reed continues to make strides, prompting manager AJ Hinch to remark that he believes that Reed is “growing up” during comments indicating that Reed will have a shot to make the Major League team this year.
As this site mentioned here, Lance McCullers took to the Twittersphere to vent his frustration with both ESPN and Major League Baseball yesterday.
A recap of the “MLB Top 100 Now” program that features eight different Astros players.
A Chronicle piece about Lance McCullers and the prospect of him throwing a full season.
In an article that should surprise no one, the Astros are one of the teams leading the pack in World Series odds for 2018.
Another piece, this one from USA Today, about Lance McCullers’ pace of play twitter rant.
Around The League
Ben Lindbergh - arguably the best baseball writer active right now - hits hard in this truly awesome piece about an underappreciated female pioneer in the world of SABR research and baseball analytics.
Every Major League team will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats in a show of support for the Parkland, Florida community that is still reeling after a school shooting there killed seventeen on Valentine’s Day.
Russell Carleton takes a big bite out of the notions surrounding Replacement Level Players in this interesting (paywalled) piece.
The big news of the day on the transaction front revolved around a three team deal that saw the Rays tear down even further while strengthening the Yankees and Diamondbacks at the Major League level.
Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs breaks down the three team trade.
FanGraphs Prospect Guru Eric Longenhagen takes a stab at scounting/projecting the Tampa return in the Steven Souza, Jr. trade.
Steve Adams from MLBTradeRumors collates some sources and weighs in on the tear-down in Tampa.
Jeff Sullivan enters the fray at FanGraphs with a slightly different (and, as always with his pieces, extremely worthy read) take on the new Tampa Bay Rays approach.
A really interesting (if a bit granular) at the atmospheric affect of the environments in Arizona and Florida on Spring Training stats. Heady stuff, if one needs bathroom or lunch break reading material.
Three short but brilliant examples of truly pristine writing about baseball and tangentially-related issues from three of the best in the business - James Fegan, Kate Preusser, and Patrick Dubuque.
Quite solid reading in this piece, another one from Sawchik.
There are apparently teams who want Jake Arrieta after all.