A nice article here by Dave Studeman over at The Hardball Times that discusses, among other things, the notion that better pitchers leave more runners on base. The methodology to evaluate this seems pretty strong. He also forecasts that Jarrod Washburn is "due for a big correction downward" - as for A.J. Burnett "upward correction in the forecast". I'm less optimistic about the Washburn signing this week than I was last week - especially after reading this.
The "trade Reed for x" rumors are heating up again. As more time goes by, I'm less and less enthusiastic about trading Reed. Show me an awesome deal and I may be inclined to change my thinking - but it better be an awesome deal.
I got a copy of Moneyball for Christmas (a little behind the times). It's a fascinating read so far - and enlightening as well.
Happy New Year! Sending along my wishes for happiness, health, and prosperity to you all.
Edit: Kevin Millwood ends up with the Rangers. If they actually ever do assemble a pitching staff, they will win a LOT of ballgames.