MLB In Full Bloom 1/18/13

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26 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

72 – Number of days until Opening Day

 

California Winter League News & Notes

  • Over the first three seasons, over 50% of all the CWL players have left with spring training opportunities with both MLB & Independent teams.
  • League games start on Saturday January 19th
  • Starting on the 20th of January, 3 games per day – February 12th
  • 1 ticket will get customers into all 3 games each day.
  • Visit www.californiawinterleague.com for more information

 MLB News & Notes

  • The Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza avoided arbitration on Thursday, agreeing to a one-year deal. Cubs general manager Theo Epstein recently said that Garza (elbow) is on pace to be a full participant in spring training. He's scheduled to become a free agent in November and seems likely to be traded by the Cubs at some point during the 2013 season.
  • Albert Pujols will not participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Pujols had planned on playing for the Dominican Republic, but he had minor knee surgery last fall and he needs more time to heal. Pujols should be completely fine for the start of the MLB season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels and Alberto Callaspo avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal. He may carry fantasy value this summer in deeper mixed formats.
  • The New York Yankees were informed that doctors discovered less cartilage damage in Alex Rodriguez's surgically-repaired left hip than was expected. If everything goes well, Rodriguez is expected back around the All-Star Break.
  • The Washington Nationals and Drew Storen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Rafael Soriano will pitch the ninth inning. Storen will get some chances, but fantasy owners can expect to see him somewhere in the late innings.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Gomez has become a solid NL-Only option despite the fact that he does not play everyday. In 2012, Gomez hit 19 home runs and stole 37 stolen bases.
  • The Texas Rangers and Neftali Feliz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Neftali posted a 3.16 ERA in 42 2/3 innings last season for Texas before requiring Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's expected to be recovered by the end of the 2013 regular season.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1973 - Orlando Cepeda signed with the Boston Red Sox, which made him the first player to sign with a team specifically to be a designated hitter.