D12: Ex-Rays have 213 million reasons to be thankful this year
Duk's Dozen, a selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items, has returned in 2011 to start your baseball news day off right. Got links? Send 'em here or via Twitter.
1. Now that Rafael Soriano(notes) has pulled in an unbelievable $35 million, Roger Mooney does the math and finds that it would have taken the Tampa Bay Rays $213 million to keep all eight of the players who left via free agency this year.
2. Jim Margalus is talking about his Chicago White Sox, but he's spot on when he says that the Rafael Soriano deal is Exhibit 1A why many teams won't deal with Scott Boras. Sox Machine
3. "Clearly money has ceased to matter in New York and Boston. While the rest of us suffer through economic woes and other teams try to downsize, the Yankees and Red Sox keep doing crap like this. And it's making baseball far less fun to watch." Rumors and Rants
12. This final link isn't baseball related, but it's a fine piece of work by our old friend Carl Skanberg and an accurate depiction of what we'll be seeing at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon. Bear down, everyone. Smells Like Mascot