A few links to kick off Labor Day weekend…
- The legendary Hal McCoy of The Dayton Daily News says that if the Reds "don’t give (Jonny) Gomes a shot at playing left field next year they’re missing out." The 28-yr old Gomes is hitting .285/.357/.566 in 249 plate appearances this year.
- Joel Sherman of The NY Post writes that the Mets will have essentially the same problem this offseason that they had last offseason: a need for pitching even though they don't necessarily have the means to acquire it.
- Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says that baseball's free agent compensation system is broken, but neither MLB or MLBPA leaders think it's a big enough problem for "either side to re-jigger it" before the new CBA in 2011.
- Bob Nightengale of USA Today points out that seven of the nine highest paid teams would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said it's "very discouraging, from a data standpoint."