1. It's a good time to be a top amateur player, at least for these next two years. Baseball clubs are operating as if a slotting system for bonus money paid to drafted players will be in place for the 2012 draft, the first after the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. Commissioner
The expectation of such a system is helping clubs spend money on draft picks now, especially among the large-revenue clubs. In a slotting system, teams like the Yankees and Red Sox would lose their advantage -- to snap up players other teams consider "signability" risks -- so they ought to use their leverage while they can. But even teams like Pittsburgh, which spent heavily in the draft this year, may see the wisdom in overspending now, assuming a system of fixed spending is coming soon.
Lincecum will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, and though he has told the Giants he will consider all offers, even during the season, San Francisco isn't quite sure where this is headed. As GM
Lincecum surely will blow up Hamels' record. The question is, by how much? Compare Lincecum's career numbers to those Hamels had at the end of last season -- and Lincecum still has the rest of this year to add to them:
3. Yes, the Dodgers are reeling. The lack of depth in their rotation has caught up to them and