A look back at the original reporting and analysis found on MLBTR this past week:
- Daniel Seco asked MLBTR readers what has been the most unlikely storyline in 2012. Nearly 40% of you chose the Orioles being in the thick of a pennant race.
- Mike Axisa asked MLBTR readers who will win the second NL Wild Card. Over 32% of you believe the Cardinals will hang on to defend their World Series title.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith opined the Tigers will likely exercise their $6MM club option and keep Jhonny Peralta in Detroit for another year.
- Ben listed the top ten free agent infielders ranked by FanGraphs' version of wins above replacement.
- Ben also calculated that Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy will miss the projected cutoff for super two status by just three days.
- MLBTR confirmed the Indians' Travis Hafner obtained ten and five rights when he reached ten years of service time this past Thursday.
- It was a busy week on the Free Agent Stock Watch. Ben explained Blue Jays' right-hander Carlos Villanueva could have value as a starter in this winter's free agent market.
- Mike is much more bullish on the Giants' Marco Scutaro, as the middle infield market offers few viable alternatives.
- Mike, however, was bearish on the prospects of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
- Mike wondered what the market will look like for Ryan Madson because there isn't much precedent for relievers entering free agency coming off Tommy John surgery.
- Ben hosted the MLBTR live chat this week.
- Mike put together the best of the baseball blogosphere in Baseball Blogs Weigh In.
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