MLB In Full Bloom 11/21/2013


83 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

130 – Number of days until Opening Day

The Hot Stove is expanded today after Alex Rodriguez stormed out of the court room in New York City and headed right to the WFAN 660 studios to talk with Mike Francesa. If that was not enough, we had our first blockbuster trade of the offseason and lost in the mix was the retirement announcement from Chris Carpenter.


  • The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers were involved in the first blockbuster trade this offseason on Wednesday as Ian Kinsler was traded to the Tigers for Prince Fielder. This is a good trade for both teams. Kinsler should fit nicely in the Tigers lineup. It also allows the Tigers to resign players including Max Scherzer with the salary relief and they can move Miguel Cabrera to first base. As for Fielder, he is 29-years old and is primed to do big things in Arlington.
  • Chris Carpenter officially announced his retirement from the St. Louis Cardinals after a brilliant 15-year career. At 38-years old, Carpenter won the 2005 Cy Young Award, two World Series titles, and 95 wins in eleven seasons with the Redbirds.
  • Mike Matheny and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Matheny was already under contract through 2014, but the Cardinals now have him locked up through 2017. He owns an impressive 185-139 record over his first two seasons as the Cardinals manager.
  • Javier Lopez and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Lopez posted a 1.83 ERA over 39 1/3 innings and will continue to serve as late inning reliever for the Giants.
  • Tim Hudson (ankle) is on schedule with his rehab, and expects to have a normal spring training. This is good news for the San Francisco Giants who signed Hudson two-year contract earlier this week.
  • Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Dodgers have had preliminary discussions this offseason. The Dodgers reached out to Haren's agent and there appears to be mutual interest between the two parties. Haren had a 4.67 ERA over 169 2/3 innings this past season, but resembled his old form after the All-Star break.
  • The New York Mets have had internal discussions about Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Until the Mets actually talk to the Brewers about Braun, there's little reason to take it seriously.
  • It appears the Arizona Diamondbacks are willing to trade Didi Gregorius this offseason. The Diamondbacks love Chris Owings and if the season were to start tomorrow, I think Owings would be the D'Backs starting shortstop. Owings hit .340 and had over 50 extra base hits at Triple-A this year. The two shortstops could battle it out in spring training, but if an opportunity presents itself for Gregorius to be traded this offseason, the D'Backs will do it.