MLB In Full Bloom 2/5/13

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8 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

54– Number of days until Opening Day

 

California Winter League

  • Monday was Day 15 at the CWL
  • Game one of the day the Canada A’s mounted a super human effort to come from behind to defeat the Palm Springs Chill. Trailing 6-2 in the A’s went into the top of the seventh inning down 6 to 2, but seven runs in the top of the seventh lifted the A’s on top and they won 9-7.
  • 3 games per day - February 12th
  • 1 ticket will get customers into all 3 games each day.
  • Game Times 9am, 11:30am, and 2pm
  • For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaWinterLeague.com

 

MLB News & Notes

  • The Houston Astros traded Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez to the Oakland Athletics on Monday in exchange for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi. Lowrie gives the Athletics a middle infield bat with some pop and the ability to draw walks. He was in the middle of breakout season with the Astros before he suffered an ankle injury, but managed to finish with 16 home runs in 340 at-bats. Look for Carter to fit the Astros need for a DH.
  • The New York Mets continued to keep in touch free agent outfielder Michael Bourn over the weekend. David Wright has joined the recruitment process and is helping with the Mets efforts to land Bourn.
  • The Detroit Tigers and Max Scherzer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. Scherzer posted a 3.74 ERA  over 187 2/3 innings last season.
  • The Miami Marlins and Jose Valverde appear close to a deal. Valverde had three solid seasons as the closer for Detroit Tigers. But a disappointing 2012 led to the Tigers not resigning him.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jonathan Sanchez are close to agreeing to a minor league deal. Sanchez has struggled with his command the past two seasons and even the Pirates know that at best, this is a low risk - high reward acquisition.
  • Brandon Webb is retiring from baseball. Webb has continued to deal with shoulder trouble that has kept him from pitching in the big leagues since 2009, but there were several teams that checked in on his availability this offseason.
  • Julio Lugo will retire from baseball. Lugo, 37, sat out the 2012 season after he was released by the Braves in 2011. Lugo hit just .136 with the Braves.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1999 - Major league baseball began honoring each league's best hitter with an award named after Hank Aaron. The all-time home run king learned about the honor on his 65th birthday at an event which included President Bill Clinton, Ernie Banks and Reggie Jackson.