MLB In Full Bloom 12/3/2013

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71 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

118 – Number of days until Opening Day

It was a busy day on the Hot Stove on Monday and there was another move early this morning that saw a big name come off the free agent board. Let's not waste any time and get right into the greatness that is the MLB Hot Stove!

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • A.J. Pierzynski and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year deal today. This is the perfect fit for the Red Sox because they need a place holder until their two very good catching prospects are ready. There were discussions over the weekend that linked Pierzynski to the Minnesota Twins on a two-year deal, but the opportunity to win a championship in Boston swayed Pierzynski. David Ross will back up Pierzynski and the two are a perfect complement to one another. This is a good fit for the Red Sox and Pierzynski.
  • Doug Fister was traded to the Washington Nationals by the Detroit Tigers in a four player deal on Monday. The Tigers get infielder Steve Lombardozzi and a couple young southpaws in Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. Both left handers are bullpen guys that the Tigers desperately needed. This move tells me that Max Scherzer is not going any where, however it's not going to be easy to sign him because it will most likely take a little north of $200 million to get a deal done.
  • Jim Johnson was traded to the Oakland Athletics by the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. The Orioles could not afford Johnson's annual $10 million salary, so the smaller market Athletics jumps in and spends some money. The Athletics have some other possible closers, but I think Johnson close games for them. I like the move because the A's give up very little for a guy that has led the league in saves the past couple years.
  • Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics agreed on a two-year deal worth $22 million. It's a big sum of money for a small market team like Oakland, but it's actually pretty good value in this current free agent market. Kazmir posted a 4.04 ERA in 158 innings this past season for the Cleveland Indians. He should do well in the confines of the Athletics' O.co Coliseum.
  • Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal on Monday. Stewart was acquired from the Yankees earlier in the day and will likely enter the 2014 campaign as Russell Martin's backup.
  • Ross Ohlendorf and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal on Monday to avoid an arbitration hearing. Ohlendorf will enter spring training with the opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the Nationals rotation.
  • Willie Bloomquist and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a two-year deal on Monday. This is a move that does not make sense to me because he moved to the American League. When are you going to use him? In the National League, this is a guy that can play all over the diamond as he can play shortstop, third base, and the outfield. In Seattle when is he going to play? There are injuries, he is a rare player that can play centerfield and shortstop, but the price tag of almost $3 million a year seems high.