MLB In Full Bloom 2/12//2014


3– Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

47 – Number of days until Opening Day

This edition of MLB In Full Bloom quickly became the relievers version today with so much news about bullpen pitchers in the news. Guys that may not get many headlines are fantasy produces and they do get the headlines on this blog!


  • Mike Trout and the Angels have three weeks or so left before the renewel date of his contract. Last year, we saw one of the most surprising contracts in a long time after Trout was the runner-up MVP in 2012. The Angels renewed his contract for $510,000, which was only $20,000 above league minimum. The Angels have the right to take a hard ball stance in 2014 as well. The Angels have themselves in a bind and they may have missed their window with Trout after he has put back--to-back terrific seasons. He is feeling good about himself and he is going to go play again on a one-year. The Angels should have locked up Trout a year ago, but they took a hard stance with him and now it could certainly cost them long-term.
  • Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Jansen blew batters away last season, and he's certainly in the top tier of fantasy closers entering the season, but the Dodgers have Brian Wilson, Chris Perez and Brandon League to fall back on in case Jansen struggles this year.
  • Jason Motte (elbow) will begin spring training behind the team's other relievers, but the Cardinals believe that it's possible he'll be ready for the start of the regular season since he won't need as much time to build up stamina. Motte had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and the normal rehab time is a year. With Trevor Rosenthal cemented in as the Cardinals closer, Motte will be in a set-up role in the Cardinals bullpen once he returns.
  • LaTroy Hawkins is not necessarily the team's "everyday" closer according to Rockies owner Dick Monfort. Rockies manager Walt Weiss could play the match-ups in the late innings, using Rex Brothers in the ninth when the opposition has left-handed hitters coming up. Brothers is simply a better pitcher and could be the Rockies closer this season.
  • Jose Valverde and the Mets agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Valverde had a difficult 2013 season when he was the owner of a 5.59 ERA in just 20 appearances with the Tigers. Valverde is just looking to keep his career going at this point. He will provide bullpen depth for the Mets, but has very little fantasy value at this point in his career.
  • Justin Verlander (abdomen) threw 20 pitches off a mound Monday. Verlander said his return to elevated ground, following core muscle repair surgery last month, went very well and that he feels good. If everything goes as expected, Verlander hopes to be ready to start the year.
  • Roy Oswalt has decided to retire after 13 seasons rather than pursue another chance at the major leagues. A three-time All-Star, Oswalt went 0-6 with a 8.63 ERA in nine games (six starts) with Colorado last season. The right-hander won 10-plus games in each of his first eight seasons, and will walk away from the game with a 163-102 career record and a 3.36 career ERA.
  • Jamie Moyer has accepted a job with Comcast broadcasting Phillies games. Moyer has never officially retired from baseball, but it seems safe to say Moyer's playing days are behind him. Now 51, the left-hander pitched in the majors until age 49, with his career spanning 25 seasons. He'll enter the broadcast booth with former teammate Matt Stairs.