MLB In Full Bloom 12/19/12

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56 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

102 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

  • The Oakland Athletics traded Collin Cowgill to the New York Mets for Jefry Marte. Cowgill likely be used as a fourth outfielder in New York. The trade clears a spot on Oakland's 40-man roster for the recently-signed Hiroyuki Nakajima.
  • The New York Yankees have begun contract negotiations with Raul Ibanez. At 41 years old, Ibanez is strictly be a DH at this point in his career.
  •  It appears the San Diego Padres pursuit Edwin Jackson could be over. This was a long shot at best for the Padres due to the number of years and dollars that Jackson is looking for as a free agent. The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs appear to be the most likely to sign Jackson after the Padres refused to offer him four years and bowed out.
  • Frank Francisco underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Francisco dealt with elbow issues in September. He'll be able to begin throwing in six weeks and is expected to begin the 2013 season as the Mets' closer, but don’t surprised if Bobby Parnell eventually takes Francisco's job at some point during the season.
  • The Boston Red Sox are “still in” on Cody Ross. It’s hard to figure out where Ross will play with the additions of Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays and Roberto Hernandez, formally known as Fausto Carmona, to a one-year deal.
  • The Boston Red Sox and Koji Uehera to a one-year deal. If Andrew Bailey stumbles at closer or gets hurt, Uehera will have value as a closer.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays and Ramon Ortiz agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The Jays rotation is set for the season so Ortiz will be an injury replacement.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1986 - After finding no other clubs interested in signing him, free-agent pitcher and 20-game winner Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with the Tigers. Morris accuses the major league owners of collusion against free agents. Morris had offered to sign a one-year contract, with salary to be determined by an arbitrator, with either the Yankees, Angels, Twins, or Phillies, but was turned down by all four.