16 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
62– Number of days until Opening Day
California Winter League
On Saturday, the Canada A’s (0-6) blew a five-run lead for their second consecutive game as the Palm Springs Power came back to win 7-6. Koby Clemens blasted a line-drive bullet home run that took all of about two seconds to clear the left field fence.
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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Friday during an interview on WFAN that it is possible that Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire season in 2013 as he recovers from a torn labrum impingement in his left hip. The Yankees will use Kevin Youkilis at third base until A-Rod is ready.
The top free agent on the market Michael Bourn, remains a free agent as the week begins. There have been reports that the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners have interest in the leadoff hitter. MLB.com's Richard Justice writes that the Mets have "zero interest" in Bourn if it means losing their top draft pick. The Mets are not close to winning the NL East and giving up a high draft pick makes no sense.
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kelly Johnson agreed to a one-year deal. Johnson had a disappointing season with Toronto Blue Jays in 2012. Johnson will play second base for the Rays.
The Milwaukee Brewers are not ruling out signing free agent Kyle Lohse. Loshe finds himself in the exact same position that Michael Bourn is in due to teams having to give up their first round pick.
Milwaukee Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Mat Gamel is "ready to go" after having his surgically-repaired right knee examined Sunday. Gamel is expected to play first base while Corey Hart recovers from knee surgery.
The Chicago Cubs and Charlie Villanueva agreed to a two-year deal. Villanueva spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, pitching to a 7-7 record with a 4.16 ERA in 38 games (16 starts) in 2012.
Clayton Kershaw said that his hip, which bothered him at the end of last season has not been a problem in the off-season. Kershaw added a workout program designed to strengthen the hip this offseason, but it sounds like a non-issue heading into 2013.
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1949 - Monte Irvin became the first African-American player, along with hurler Ford Smith, to sign with the Giants. Although the 29-year old outfielder would play only five full seasons in the major leagues, the former Newark Eagles standout was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973, primarily for his outstanding play in the Negro Leagues.