MLB In Full Bloom 1/25/13

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19 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

65– Number of days until Opening Day

 

California Winter League

  • Thursday was Day 6 at the CWL
  • The British Columbia Bombers edged the Washington Bluesox 4-3 to start the day.  The Canada A’s blew a 6-1 lead in the second game as the Oregon Lumber Jacks scored 11 runs in the final two frames to snatch a 12-6 victory. Michael Bolling led the way with four RBI. The Palm Springs Power hung on against the Palm Springs Chill 4-3.
  • Single Game Admission range from $6 to $8
  • POWER Ticket (includes admission, hot dog, chips and soda) – $11
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  • For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaWinterLeague.com

 MLB News & Notes

  • The reaction to Thursday's blockbuster trade between the Arizona and Atlanta  has been split depending which fan base you follow. This was a great deal for the Braves. Any time you can trade for a All-Star-caliber player who is 25 years old, it has to improve your team. And, its a good fit for Justin Upton. He no longer has any excuses because this is as good as it is going to get for him. He is playing with his brother on a playoff contending team. As for the Diamondbacks, they added another arm, but not a great arm. Randall Delgado is a 4th starter at best and three average minor leaguers. Brandon Drury batted .229 with six home runs and 51 RBI in 123 games last season at Low-A Rome. Zeke Spruill posted an underwhelming 3.67 ERA last season with 106 strikeouts in 161 innings at Double-A Mississippi. He is a long way from the major league level. Nick Ahmed does have speed (40 steals) and he makes sense for the D'Backs. So does Martin Prado make this trade decent? I just can't see it. The key to this deal for the D'Backs is Adam Eaton. He hit .381 and stole 44 bases at Triple-A Reno last year. He is the first true leadoff hitter this organization has had in years. If Eaton is not good, this deal could potentially get Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers fired. This is a defining moment for Towers and his tenure in Arizona. Granted, Upton was inconsistent and I understand that potential doesn’t win games. But this is a player who is 25-years old and surely has his best baseball ahead of him.
  • The Seattle Mariners and Ronny Paulino agreed to a minor league contract and he was given an invitation to spring training. Paulino is a candidate to back up Jesus Montero at catcher for the M's in 2013.
  • The Baltimore Orioles and Jair Jurrjens agreed on a one-year deal. The Atlanta Braves let Jurrjens walk after a disastrous 2012 campaign. The Orioles are hoping for a bounce back season from Jurrjens.
  • Ken Rosenthal reported that Carl Pavano recently suffered a ruptured spleen that will sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks. The injury occurred when he slipped and fell while shoveling snow on his driveway in Vermont. Pavano is currently a free agent and was hoping to sign somewhere.
  • Pedro Martinez is back with the Boston Red Sox as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. Martinez retired after the 2009 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Red Sox feel that Martinez will be effective working with the pitching prospects and offer his opinion on potential trades for the organization.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1945 - The New York Yankees were sold by the Ruppert estate to Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping, and Del Webb for $2.8 million. For that price, the trio obtained 400 players, Yankee Stadium, parks in Newark and Kansas City, and leases on other minor-league stadiums.