9 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
55– Number of days until Opening Day
California Winter League
Saturday was Day 15 at the CWL
The first wave of signings began last week, as 19 players signed professional contracts with Can-Am League, Frontier League, and the American Association League.
In the first game of three on Saturday, the Washington Bluesox look like a team on a mission as they let their bats loose scoring 10 runs against the Palm Desert Coyotes. Josh Riley knocked home a two RBI single in the first inning. The Bluesox hit around the lineup in the second inning.
In the second game, the Coachella Valley Snowbirds and the Canada A’s lit up the scoreboard. Nash Hutter went three for three with a six RBI day including a solo home run in the fifth inning as the Snowbirds outscore the A’s, 12-9
With just 9 days remaining until Pitchers & Catchers report to spring training, there is an impressive list of free agents still avaliable. On the top of that list is Michael Bourn. There were reports last week that had the New York Mets interest growing in the center fielder. Other position players still avaliable are Jim Thome, Carlos Lee, Johnny Damon, and Chone Figgins. Kyle Lohse is at the top of the list for starting pitchers. The list also includes Joe Saunders, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Carlos Zambrano. As for the relief pitchers - Jose Valverde, Brian Wilson, Brandon Lyon, Derek Lowe, and Kevin Gregg. All these players are used to making a certain level of income and it becomes pride that keeps them from signing a minor league contract or accepting an assignment to Triple-A. Johnny Damon is just 231 hits from 3,000 hits. That is worthy of Cooperstown.
Kevin Millwood is retiring after 16 years in the majors. Millwood, 38 years old, played with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners.
The New York Mets and Marlon Byrdagreed to a minor league deal and it includes an invitation to spring training. Byrd had a 2012 that he would like to forget as he hit .210, 1 HR, and 9 RBI in 153 AB.
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1956 - The American League tested the automatic intentional walk in spring training.