MLB In Full Bloom 12/13/2013


61 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

108– Number of days until Opening Day

It's Friday the 13th in the Hot Stove and we'll put a bow on the week that was the Winter Meetings! It was a great week that saw trades, free agent signings, and major decisions going forward on how the game will be played. It's been a very compelling week for all baseball fans across the country and the best part is that there is still alot of the Hot Stove season left. There are big name free agents to be signed and trades will be made. A lot is left, but let's take a look at what took place on Day 4 of the Winter Meetings in Orlando.


  • Robinson Cano was officially announced as the newest Seattle Mariner on Thursday afternoon. Cano said during the press conference that he felt "disrespected by the Yankees" and their $175 million offer they made to him. It's not the contract offer, but the underlying story here is that Cano did not feel that the Yankees wanted him back. Players measure themselves by how much they make and Cano knew the Yankees would not offer more than the $175 million. Then Jacoby Ellsbury was offered $153 million by the Yankees and they would not go where Cano wanted to be financially. That is where the "disrespect" factored in for him.
  • Michael Morse and the San Francisco Giants agreed on a one-year deal. Morse dealt with a nagging wrist injury for the better part of the 2013 season and he is in need of a strong 2014 season to position himself for a multi-year deal. Morse is not much of a defender, but he will play right field for the Giants and if healthy, Morse can be a strong source of power.
  • Roberto Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a one-year deal on Thursday. Hernandez is not overly dominant at this point in is career, but he's a serviceable and cost-efficient No. 5 starter.
  • Justin Ruggiano was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday in exchange for Brian Bogusevic. Last year, Ruggiano he 31-year-old hit just .222 with Miami, but he did hit 18 homers and steal 15 bags. Considering the fact that the Cubs' lack quality outfield options, Ruggiano could win a starting spot next spring.
  • Boone Logan and the Colorado Rockies agreed on a three-year deal on Thursday. Logan is currently recovering from surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. It will be interesting to see if Rockies with the addition of Logan will give Rex Brothers the ninth inning as the team's closer.
  • David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox are discussing a contract extension that would keep Ortiz in Boston through the 2015 season. Ortiz will be paid $15 million next season before hitting free agency, but the Red Sox want to make sure he never hits the open market.
  • Jason Kubel and the Minnesota Twins agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kubel hit 30 homers for the D'Backs in 2012 but fell off the map last season, batting just .216 with five homers in 97 games. Kubel was drafted by the Twins and spent his first seven big league seasons in Minnesota. He should make the team and see plenty of action at the corner outfield spots and DH.
  • Daniel Hudson and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hudson will miss most, if not all, of 2014 while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery but could wind up being a bargain if he eventually returns healthy.