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A crazy conference championship game, a blowout and the hot stove is firing back up, it seems. In the ultimate "laying in the weeds" moves, the poor, pitiful Nats have swooped in and signed Max Scherzer to a seven year deal. The Brewers were also reportedly working on a deal to send Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers. Does this mean anything for the O's? Probably not, though it does lend weight to the notion that trying to figure the offseason is a fool's errand.

School of Roch: What's happening this week?
Well if Roch doesn't know what's happening, I'm not going to tell you.

Arthur Rhodes officially retires | HardballTalk
One of my sentimental faves. He hadn't actually pitched in the majors since 2011.

Do We Still Like Our Guys? - Baltimore Sports and Life
Are you panicking? Cool as a cucumber?

Leaderboarding: Defensive shift edition - Fun with defensive date...

Camden Depot: Possible Compensation if Toronto Hires Dan Duquette A brief history of oddball compensation results. It ain't pretty.

On this day in 1995, Peter Angelos announced he would not use replacement players if the then active strike was not resolved by Opening Day. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away on this day in 2013.

It's the birthday of former pitching coach Rick Adair, the very fashion forward Chris Sabo and almost O Phil Nevin. Minor leaguer Jan Novak and former farmhand Ronnie Welty also have birthdays today as do Rick Krivda and Fred Valentine..