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 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.