Published on 25 November 2013
79 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
126 – Number of days until Opening Day
Its Thanksgiving week and we are in the middle of football season. The NFL is about to wrap up Week 12 with a Monday night showdown between the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers. College Football is inching closer to the tremendously long bowl portion of their season, but still there was enough baseball news over the weekend that non-baseball only channels were talking baseball!
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Brian McCann and the New York Yankees agreed to a five-year deal worth $85 million. This just seemed like too good a fit for the deal not to happen for both sides. The Yankees are getting a guy that is a perfect fit for their ballpark and he should do well in New York City. This is just the start of the offseason moves for the Yankees. Look for them to continue to be active.
Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a four-year deal worth $53 million. Peralta The Cardinals were able to acquire Peter Bourjos and Peralta and they did not have to trade any of their young top pitching prospects. There has been strong reaction to Peralta's deal. Brad Ziegler, who serves as the Arizona Diamondbacks union representative took to Twitter saying that "it pays to cheat". Ziegler went on to say, "Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use. We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it’s not. So we are working on it again." Peralta served his 50-game suspension last season and came back for the final four games of the season with the Detroit Tigers and played during the postseason.
Joe Smith and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a three-year deal worth $15.75 million. Smith immediately improves the Angels' bullpen, as he compiled a 2.29 ERA with 25 holds in 63 innings last season. The Angels have already named Ernesto Frieri as their closer next season but Smith may immediately take over the setup role. The Angels will continue to look to add pitching both for the rotation and the bullpen. The Angels appear to be pursing Bartolo Colon, but it does not appear that a deal is imminent.
Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million. The Dodgers get themselves the right-hander they wanted to add this offseason as questions surround the health of Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett. Ned Colletti did say last week that he is feeling good about both Billingsley and Beckett and if they do return to the rotation, Haren adds more depth.
Jose Molina and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. At age 40, this is a good deal for Molina. He batted just .228 during his two years with the Rays. The Rays value him for his game calling and pitch framing, though. He figures to split time with Jose Lobaton in 2014.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported over the weekend that top Japanese baseball executives will fly to New York this week in an attempt to finalize a new posting system with MLB. The two sides appear to be moving in the right direction after months of no progress. With no posting agreement in place, one of the biggest fish on the free agent market, Masahiro Tanaka, is unable to be signed.