Published on 26 December 2012
49 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
95 – Number of days until Opening Day
21 – Number of days until Opening Day of the California Winter League
I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season with family and friends. For the next three days, I'll be writing from my hometown - Peoria, IL. Its great to come back home and see family and friends! It comes with no surprise that MLB transactions have been a little light in the past few days, but at MLB In Full Bloom the beat goes on!
- Christmas came a couple days early for Nick Swisher as he and the Cleveland Indians agreed on a four-year deal. With the trade of Shin-Soo Choo, Swisher will slot into the middle of the Indians order while taking over as the primary right fielder. Its surprising with some of the big-market teams that were believed to be interested that Swisher landed in Cleveland. Swisher likes to be in front of the camera and all the lights that come with the big markets. Plus, at this point in his career, its even more surprising that Swisher chose a team that may be mathematically eliminated by the All Star Break.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cody Ross agreed to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year. Huh? Cody Ross? Caught me by surprise too. Ross joins an outfield that is already crowded, but that did not stop Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers from another outfielder. It has been a weird offseason in the desert and Towers will be the one to blame if this does not work out. Ross can play all three outfield spots and provides some power. It won't be surprising if Justin Upton trade rumors begin swirling - and - Jason Kubel may also be on the move.
- The Chicago Cubs and Nate Schierholtz agreed on a one-year deal. Schierholtz fills one of the items on the Cubs' wish list as they were looking for a left-handed-hitting outfielder who could play right field.
Casey McGehee signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan League.
- The Atlanta Braves and Ramiro Pena agreed to a one-year deal.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired minor league starter Alexis Lara. Lara has worked his way through the San Diego minor league system.
- The Colorado Rockies and Russ Mitchell agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Mitchell can play all over the field, both infield and outfield. He has pretty good pop in his bat and patience at the plate.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1919 - Although not official until January, the New York Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 and guarantees a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.