MLB In Full Bloom 12/11/12

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64 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

110 – Number of days until Opening Day

36   – Number of days until Opening Day of the California Winter League

 

  • Its 100% official – Zack Greinke passed his physical yesterday and signed the 6-year $147 contract with the Dodgers. Greinke should slot in behind Clayton Kershaw as the #2 starter.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jason Grilli agreed on a two-year deal. Grilli figures to assume the team's closer role if and when the Bucs move Joel Hanrahan, as they have been trying to do during the offseason.
  • The Washington Nationals and Zack Duke agreed on a one-year deal. Duke impressed the Nationals in September, posting a 1.32 ERA over 13.2 relief innings. The Nationals already have a stacked rotations so Duke will likely be used in long relief, but he could merit consideration for spot starts in the event of injury.
  • Kyle Loshe remains a free agent, which is somewhat surprising to me. Now that Greinke is signed, expect other free agent pitchers to start signing. Loshe and Anibal Sanchez better send Greinke a Christmas card this year to express their appreciation for setting the bar so high.
  • The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a two-year deal with Kevin Correia. Correia will provide another option for the Twins, but the ceiling is low for Correia.
  • The Josh Hamilton watch continues.
  • The Chicago Cubs announced that Matt Garza (elbow) resumed throwing Monday
  • R.A. Dickey and the New York Mets are still discussing a contract extension. Mets seem willing to increase their offer slightly, but are not happy with Dickey's recent comments about the contract negotiation.  Its still possible that the Mets will trade the knuckleballer as well.
  • On this day in 1951, at the Yankees' Fifth Avenue suite in the Squibb Tower, Joe DiMaggio announced to the press his decision to retire from baseball. The Bronx Bomber outfielder, claiming he "no longer has it" due age and injuries, ends his thirteen year career with a lifetime .325 BA and 361 home runs.