In no particular order, here are your MLB top 8 (in no particular order) for January 2nd:
(Note that a lot of these posts were made prior to the new year. This will ordinarily not be the case, but bear with me as we begin this new series!)
8) Red Sox lead MLB in total WAR according to FanGraphs - Courtesy of FenwayNation.com - Do keep in mind that this was the case prior to the 2014 season, as well. We all saw how that turned out.
7) FG on FOX: About This Unusual Yankees’ Offseason | Courtesy of FanGraphs Baseball - Great article as always by FanGraphs, this one from Drew Fairservice about the Yankees' very unusual off-season strategy. The majority of the article is on Fox Sports, but I refuse to link to them. Still it's a great read and you should check it out, especially if you're a Yankee fan.
6) Youngsters to Watch - Courtesy of Baseball Musings - From one curator to another, my buddy David Pinto over at Baseball Musings shares an article about some youngsters to watch, and a bunch of them are on the Cubs!
5) Reds Acquire Marlon Byrd - Via MLB Trade Rumors - Great write-up as always about the Marlon Byrd trade between the Phillies and Reds. The Reds get a very useful outfielder that they needed at half-price, while the Phillies get a very solid pitching prospect in Ben Lively.
4) Braves, Yankees Trade David Carpenter For Manny Banuelos - Via MLB Trade Rumors - Another solid write-up about the New Years Day trade between the Yankees and Braves. Banuelos was once a top Yankees prospect and the Braves are looking to see if they can make something from him. In return, the Yankees get a very underrated reliever in David Carpenter who can definitely help them in 2015 and beyond.
3) Kearns' full life defined by more than baseball - by Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com - Great writeup on a Seattle Mariners scout who just passed away in his 90's.
2) 2015 New Years Resolutions for Each Team - From Sully Baseball - It's Sully Baseball. Read it.
1) Here's 10 picks for Hall of Fame - by John Tomase of the Boston Herald - John Tomase's final article for the Boston Herald is his picks for this years Hall-of-Fame ballot. I totally agree that Curt Schilling should be in the Hall. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens belong in the Hall on merit, but I don't think they'll ever be voted in. Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are the most obvious picks to me ever.
We'll have another Top 8 for you hopefully tomorrow! Happy Friday everyone!