Rosenthal On Darvish, Marlins, White Sox, Astros

Let's take a look at what FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has for us in his latest edition of Full Count..

  • It's expected that  C.C. Sabathia will opt out of his deal this offseason, but after that the most coveted pitcher this offseason might not be the Rangers' C.J. Wilson.  Rather, some say it could be Japanese hurler Yu Darvish.  Darvish is not a free agent, he'll have to be posted by his Japanese club and after that his rights will go to the highest bidder.  The process has backfired on MLB teams before, but Darvish is seen as different because he has lived outside of his comfort zone in Japan for virtually all of his life.
  • Improbable as it might seen, a rival GM says that there is logic to the Marlins making a run for either Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols this winter.  The Fish are moving into a new ballpark but there are still questions about whether they can sustain long-term success.  Either slugger would obviously be a major draw in tandem with Mike Stanton and that would surely get fans in the seats.
  • If Ozzie Guillen lands with the Marlins and Tony La Russa stays with the Cardinals, the identity of the White Sox's next manager could hinge on the type of team they field in 2012.  If they go all in, they'll likely want a veteran manager and if they go with a younger club they'll probably want a younger manager.  With Juan Pierre and Mark Buerhle approaching free agency and Carlos Quentin and John Danks as trade candidates, the time is now if the club wants to rebuild.
  • Baseball's biggest problem with approving Jim Crane as Astros owner stem from concerns about his past business practices and whether he would make a good long-term owner.  Crane's deal with the current owner Drayton McLane expires on November 30th and meanwhile, baseball's labor talks continue.  The players are reluctant to go to two additional wild cards unless there are fifteen teams in each league.  The easiest way to do that would be to shift the Astros to the American League, but for now the club remains on hold.

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