Monday afternoon linkaliciousness

Aug 26, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan (left) and Texas Rangers executive Jim Sundberg (right) watch play during the eighth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark. The Twins beat the Rangers 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

If its a Monday, then there are probably lots of links out there for a linkaliciousness post...

The Yankees, looking for a righthanded bench bat, have acquired Steven Pearce from the Houston Astros for cash considerations. Sadly, Gerald Laird's younger brother Brandon Laird has been designated for assignment to make room for Pearce on the roster...

Speaking of righthanded bench bats, Ben Taylor asks where Mike Olt's playing time has gone...

Graham McAree takes a look at how much money the Los Angeles Dodgers have spent since November. Hint: Its a lot...

In the aftermath of that massive deal, Paul Swyden takes a look at what the 2013 Boston Red Sox will look like.

Jeff Passan has 25 things you didn't know about baseball. I'll bet folks here already knew #25, though...

The latest edition of Ask BA is now up at the BA website.

David Laurila has a Q&A with Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, who, as Laurila says, "is known for his in-depth knowledge of sabermetrics and pitching mechanics just as much as he is for having an extensive repertoire that includes an overpowering fastball."

Bill James fields some questions from readers, and includes in his answers an interesting history on MVP balloting in the 50s and 60s, and how voters were heavily biased towards catchers and shortstops at that time.

And in case you missed it, Jose Bautista is back on the d.l.

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