MLB In Full Bloom 1/3/13

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41 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

87 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

California Winter League News & Notes

  • Opening Day is January 19th with 4 games at Palm Springs Stadium from 9am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm
  • President Andrew Starke of the California Winter League (CWL) announced on Buehler's Day Off that the sons of Roger Clemens and Ozzie Smith will play in the CWL. Koby Clemens and Dustin Smith will be participating in the CWL.
  • The CWL flourished in its first season in 2010, with over 50% of the players receiving spring training offers. With almost twice as many players in 2011, over 60% received offers.
  • In 2012, the CWL expanded to five teams and had over 50% of players receive offers.
  • Each day during the season there will be games 7 days a week with 3 games per day
  • Season ends February 12th
  • Visit www.californiawinterleague.com for more information

 MLB NEWS

  • The Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson finalized the four year deal the two sides agreed on in back in December. Jackson is the third starting pitcher the Cubs have added this offseason, joining Scott Baker and Scott Feldman. Jackson has had six consecutive seasons where he has made 30 or more starts. The team also signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year deal and selected reliever Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft.
  • The Cleveland Indians claimed Russ Canzler off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. To make room on the roster for Canzler, the Indians designated Jeanmar Gomez for assignment.
  • The New York Mets signed Andrew Brown to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to Spring Training.  Brown does not project as a starter in the outfield for the Mets, but if he makes the team, he would provide some depth to all three outfield positions.
  • Lance Berkman has still not decided whether or not he will continue to play in 2013. Both the Astros and the Rangers need a DH and make sense for Berkman. There are reports that the Rangers have had discussions with Berkman but a deal does not appear imminent.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1920 - The secret deal made on December 26 to sell Babe Ruth to New York for $125,000 (twice the amount ever paid previously for a player) is announced publicly. Harry Frazee, the cash-strapped owner of the Red Sox, also secures a $300,000 loan from the Yankees as part of the deal.