MLB In Full Bloom 12/10/2013

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64 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

111– Number of days until Opening Day

Day 1 at the Winter Meetings had its highlights as Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony LaRussa were elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Roy Halladay announced his retirement after a 16 year career. The anticipation that was laid on Monday about trades may come to the surface today. There is a lot going on and we'll see what Day 2 produces at the Winter Meetings.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Japanese Professional League have an agreement in place for the posting system. All that is left that now is for the MLB Executive Council to agree to it. The one new wrinkle is that the Japanese teams can post a player and by the very next day, MLB teams must submit their posting fee. MLB teams used to have four days to decide on whether or not to submit a posting fee. Once the posting fee is in place, teams will have 30 days to negotiate the player. Masahiro Tanaka could be the first major player involved in the new posting system.
  • Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a two-year deal this morning. It's interesting signing for the Tigers because Davis will platoon with Andy Dirks in left field and give them more athleticism than they have had in the past. But, by adding Davis it should take the Tigers out of the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes.
  • Mark Trumbo is drawing alot of interest by several teams at the Winter Meetings. There are multiple reports surfacing today about a three team trade that involves the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Angels. Players that have surfaced in this potential trade are Tyler Skaggs, Adam Eaton, and Trumbo.
  • The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers are both officially out on the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes. The Rangers are interested, but Choo's agent, Scott Boras, is currently asking for the same seven-year, $153 million deal the Yankees recently gave to Jacoby Ellsbury. As of now, there's a better chance of the club bringing back Nelson Cruz. Its been reported the D'Backs have interest in adding Choo.
  • Mark Prior officially retired after five MLB seasons on Tuesday. He last appeared in the majors in 2006 and had his most recent comeback attempt in 2013 derailed by a shoulder injury.
  • Jason Bay could sign with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League. Bay was released by the Mariners in August after he batted just .204 over 236 plate appearances. Bay is unlikely to find a guaranteed deal in the states at this point in his career.