MLB In Full Bloom 12/17/12

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58 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

104 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

  • The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to trade National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays in a seven-player deal.  The deal will reportedly also send catcher Josh Thole and a prospect to Toronto for catchers Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck, pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and a third prospect. d'Arnaud & Syndergaard are two of the Blue Jays top prospects so this is a huge gamble by the Blue Jays.
  • The Boston Red Sox and Stephen Drew agreed to a one-year contract.
  • The San Diego Padres and Edwin Jackson are discussing a three-year deal. At 29-years old, Jackson still has alot left and he has pitched well enough to earn a multi-year contract with some team.
  • The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with right-hander Mike Pelfrey on a one-year deal on Sunday. The Twins new and improved rotation includes Scott Diamond, Vance Worley, Kevin Correia, and now Pelfrey. Good luck
  • Five-time All-Star Andruw Jones is taking his career to Japan. Jones, 35 years old, signed a one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies have found their setup man as they have agreed to a two-year contract with right-hander Mike Adams.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies and John Lannan signed a one-year deal over the weekend.
  • The Kansas City Royals and Xavier Nady agreed on a one-year deal. Nady likely will start the season at Triple-A or make the team as a utility player.
  • The New York Yankees designated LHP Josh Spence for assignment.
  • John Heyman reported over the weekend that the Los Angeles Angels are willing to eat just about all of the $42 million left on Vernon Wells contract to trade him. And, since it seems the Yankees seem to have no money to spend this year, maybe Wells makes sense for them.
  • Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher remain free agents.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: The New York Yankees fired long time television and radio voice Mel Allen. Allen was well known for his home run call – going, going, gone and he often said “how about that” to describe plays on the field.