MLB In Full Bloom 12/21/12

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54 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

100 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

  • The Texas Rangers and A.J Pierzynski agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday.  Pierzynski will take a physical Friday in order to make the deal official. He will likely assume the bulk of the team's catching duties from Geovany Soto, and should continue to bring above-average power to the position with the move to the hitter-friendly environment in Texas.
  • The Chicago White Sox announced that Tyler Flowers will be their starting catcher after A.J. Pierzynski signed with the Texas Rangers.
  • The San Diego Padres and Cody Ransom agreed to a minor league deal. Ransom received an invite to spring training and will get an opportunity to win an infield utility spot.
  • The Minnesota Twins and Rich Harden agreed to a minor league deal. Harden missed the entire 2012 season following surgery to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder, but he's currently gearing up for a comeback.
  • The Minnesota Twins reported that Scott Diamond recently underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his left elbow.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Francisco Liriano have agreed on a two-year deal.  Liriano pitched for the Twins and White Sox this past season, posting a 5.34 ERA. As a left-hander with success at the major league level, Liriano drew interest for multiple teams. The Pirates are obviously paying for the potential upside Liriano showed in 2010 when he put up a 3.62 ERA while striking out 201 batters.
  • The Cincinnati Reds and Corky Miller agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
  • The Boston Red Sox announced that the delay in announcing Mike Napoli’s three-year deal has   to do with is being delayed due to a problem with one of his hips.
  • The New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers discussing trade possibilities that include Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang. The Dodgers have rotation depth and are likely to deal either Capuano or Harang.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1962 - Harris County voters approve a bond issue to complete the financing of an all-weather stadium to house the Houston Colt 45s.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1980 - The Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds. Despite 326 home runs and 456 stolen bases in 13 seasons, he hit just .203 with St. Louis. Bonds will make one more stop, his sixth in the last four years, with the Cubs in 1981.