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Saturday afternoon linkaliciousness

Various things from around the internets (remember, its not a truck, its a series of tubes)...

John Barten offers his weekly THT Awards, and still has Milton Bradley as the A.L. MVP, although David Murphy isn't listed amongst the A.L. ROY contenders...

Also at THT, last weekend, there was a piece on Edinson Volquez that looks at his pitch f/x data to determine what it is that he's been doing that has made him one of the best pitchers in baseball so far this season...it is lengthy, and there is a lot of wonky charts and graphs and stuff, but I think it is a real good analysis of how Volquez has been doing what he is doing...

Jeff Erickson has an article up looking at the two Texas teams and their fantasy impacts...

Several recent BP chats had some Ranger flava...Christina Kahrl says go get Christopher Davis, right now, for your fantasy team, and touches on Milton Bradley, Vicente Padilla, and the Hank Blalock situation, among other things...

Steven Goldman also has some Rangers stuff in a chat session up, including a lot of Josh Hamilton talk...

John Perrotto thinks that the Rangers can get something solid for Padilla, should they choose to deal him, while Milton Bradley will be more problematic to move (in terms of getting a significant return)...

Joe Sheehan says the Rangers have a chance to build "a truly great team" if they can move Padilla, Millwood and/or Bradley at the deadline for some young pitching...and expands on that in an article on Thursday, saying that Daniels "can set up a possible dynasty" by selling at the deadline.

Jon Heyman talks at length about the C.C. Sabathia situation, and the available arms at the deadline, and for those who are pushing the "make a trade with the Indians contingent on signing him to an extension," please read this:

Furthermore, a quickly-signed contract for either the Indians or someone else seems unlikely. Sabathia is believed to be seeking Johan Santana money ($137.5 million), or at the very least, Barry Zito money ($126 million), and it's difficult to envision him offering discounts on the precipice of free agency. One person who knows Sabathia said ultimately he didn't see the pitcher chasing every last dollar as a free agent and suggested he couldn't envision the Bay Area native signing long-term in New York (the Yankees, with a definite need, have been viewed as a favorite).

Competing GMs doubt the savvy Shapiro will provide acquiring teams a three-day window to lock up Sabathia, anyway. As one GM said, "Too many things can go wrong.''

So let's stop with that talk.

Neftali Feliz is #2 on the BA Prospect Hot List this week, and Matt Eddy says, in the Hot Sheet chat, that Chris Davis has 70-80 power and could go on a "rookie home run rampage"...

Chris Dial offers a breakdown of all A.L. players in 2007, in terms of runs above average (combining offense and defense)...Mark Ellis was, by this measure, one of the best players in the A.L., by virtue of his stellar offense, and the much maligned OMFT was only about 6 runs below average last year...

Rob Neyer likes Chris Davis:

The Rangers are calling up their No. 1 prospect, first baseman Chris Davis. This guy's gone from fifth-round draft choice to the majors in just slightly over two calendar years, which is pretty impressive. Still only 22, he's already hit 23 home runs this season: 13 in Double-A, 10 in Triple-A. The Rangers say first base is Hank Blalock's when he's healthy enough to play. But I suspect Davis is better than Blalock right now. And the Rangers are too close to first place to play inferior players.

U.S.S. Mariner identifies a couple of players that they think the M's should target (since they are in full play-for-2009-mode), and Nelson Cruz is one of them...

An A's blog also thinks the A's should target Cruz, and talks about some trade possibilities to get him there...

Ken Rosenthal has various notes up...