Gold Glove thoughts: I don't watch enough of the league's shortstops to weigh in on the Gold Glove, but I'm certain Jimmy Rollins' 4th such accolade was based largely on a). fielding percentage and b). name recognition. Rollins rated second behind Jed Lowrie in the category. My eyes tell me Rollins is still exceptional, but less of a magician than he was in his prime. How's that for cutting edge analysis?
Winter league update: Darin Ruf hasn't homered in two whole games, which begs the question: "What's wrong with Darin Ruf?" Zach Collier is seeing the ball well in Arizona. He's hitting .343/.400/.514 in 39 plate appearances. Reading record-breaking closer Justin Friend has a 2.16 ERA in 9 appearances in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Freddy Galvis is hitting a productive .328/.375/.537 in the VWL, while Tyson Gillies has been conspicuously absent lately. Nothing new there.
Upton: Tim Dierkes of MLBTR.com makes a strong case that B.J. Upton will become the Phillies' choice this winter. Here's what Timmy wrote: "Upton's best offensive season was 2007, when the Rays employed Steve Henderson as their hitting coach. Henderson now fills that role for the Phillies, which has to be a plus for the center fielder. Playing on the East Coast might also appeal to Upton, who hails from Norfolk. From the Phillies' point of view, Upton could add some balance and power to their lineup as well as strong center field defense." [Full predictions]
For the record, I can totally see Upton happening. Dierkes also sees former IronPigs reliever Jason Grilli as possible fit. Ever get the feeling we're going in circles here?
Hot stove: Yay. It's heating up. I don't have any particular ambition, or the time, to track each and every rumor or related move. MLBTR.com is my go-to clearinghouse for all that.