MLB In Full Bloom 1/2/13

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42 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report 

88 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

California Winter League News & Notes

  • 150-170 players from around the world will report on January 16th
  • On January 17th & 18th MLB Workout days that are free to the public
  • Opening Day is January 19th with 4 games at Palm Springs Stadium from 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm
  • Each day during the season there will be games 7-days a week with three (3) games per day
  • Games begin daily at 11:30am and 2pm
  • Season ends February 12th
  • Visit www.californiawinterleague.com for more information

MLB News

  • The Tampa Bay Rays and David Price reached an agreement on a one-year deal, thereby avoiding arbitration. The American League Cy Young winner went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012 and he is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. It will be tough for the cost-conscious Rays to put forth a competitive offer to keep him atop their rotation.
  • The Cleveland Indians and Brett Myers agreed to a one-year deal. Myers spent most of last year in a relief capacity with the Astros and White Sox, but he will likely return to a starting role with the Indians. Myers could ultimately become the team's No. 1 pitcher with Ubaldo Jimenez failing to meet expectations with the Indians.
  • The Kansas City Royals and Miguel Tejada agreed to a minor league contract Monday. Tejada played in 36 games for the Orioles' Triple-A Norfolk affiliate last season before being released in June. In 2011, Tejada hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the San Francisco Giants. So despite his declining production, the Royals will give Tejada an opportunity to show that he can contribute at the major league level.
  • The Kansas City Royals and Endy Chavez agreed to a minor league deal. Chavez returns to the team with which he made his Major League debut more than a decade ago. He will provide some outfield depth for the Royals and if he ever gets on base, he can steal a bag.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers and Ted Lilly have announced that he will begin throwing from the mound in the next couple weeks. It remains to be seen where Lilly fits in with the Dodgers in 2013. After the Dodgers added Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to the rotation, Lilly may find himself in middle relief or traded.
  • Javier Vasquez told ESPNDeportes.com that he is considering a comeback in 2013. Vasquez never really retired and would like to pitch for a contender. There could be several teams that may be interested, but the Los Angeles Angels make the most sense.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1986 - Bill Veeck, the former owner of the Browns, White Sox and Indians, died of cardiac arrest in Chicago. In addition to being well-known for his promotions and ideas, which included a pinch-hitting midget, an exploding scoreboard and putting players' name on the back of their uniforms, the innovative Hall of Famer is also responsible for breaking the color barrier in the American League signing Larry Doby to play for the Indians in 1947.