MLB In Full Bloom 12/14/12

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61 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

107 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

  • The New York Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki are close to agreeing on a two-year deal. The Philadelphia Phillies were in the mix for Ichiro and pushed the Yankees a bit, but Ichiro wants to be in New York and now he is for the next two seasons. Ichiro is 394 hits away from 3,000 hits.
  • The Boston Red Sox and Ryan Dempster agreed on a two-year deal. Dempster posted a stellar 2.25 ERA through his first 16 starts last season, all with the Cubs, but he struggled in his first American League action of his career, putting up a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts after being traded to the Rangers. I would expect to see Dempster ERA be closer to a 4.00 ERA and if the Sox get 30 starts and 200 innings from Dempster they will be happy.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals and Ty Wigginton agreed on a two-year deal. Wigginton will provide the Cardinals a strong right handed bat off the bench and he can fill in at third base and first base when needed.
  • The Chicago Cubs and Lim Chang-Yong agreed on a two-year deal. Yong underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July and isn't expected to pitch in a game until 2014. The 36-year old closer started drawing interest from MLB teams after he recorded a career-high 35 saves with a 1.46 ERA last year in Japan.
  • Reports surfaced yesterday that the Chicago Cubs and Anibal Sanchez had agreed on a 5-year $75 million deal. But, the Detroit Tigers jumped in and agreed to a 5-year $80 million deal this morning. Unlike Josh Hamilton, it appears that Sanchez gave the Tigers the opportunity to make the final offer to him.
  • The San Francisco Giants and Andres Torres agreed on a one-year deal. Torres rejoins the Giants after spending a year with the Mets. Torres figures to be the 4th outfielder for the Giants. Another one of those deals that does not get much attention, but could have a big impact during the season.
  • The Cincinnati Reds and Jack Hannahan agreed on a two-year deal. He can play every infield position except SS, so expect to see Hannahan in a UT role.
  • The Texas Rangers lost out on Josh Hamilton, but they were able to claim C Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Whiteside will be a back up to Geovany Soto
  • The Minnesota Twins and Kevin Correia agreed on a two-year deal. Minnesota is desperate for starting pitching, but adding Correia wouldn't seem to be much of an upgrade over cheaper options the Twins already have at Triple-A. Regardless, it appears that he will start the season in the Twins rotation.
  • Happy birthday to Chicago Cubs great Fergie Jenkins, who is 70 years old today. Jenkins won the 1971 NL Cy Young Award
  • THIS DAY IN MLB HISTORY: In 1985 after a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer, Roger Maris died in a Houston hospital at the age of 51.