We’ve passed a milestone in the waiting process – today brings the first day of March, which brings us one month closer to opening day. But before we get there, many drills have to be performed, many players have to be sent down or called up, lineups and rotations and bullpens have to be configured and spring training games have to be played. So for now, here are today’s notes.
-The Los Angeles Dodgers signed RHP Mike Adams. The 36 year old has a high upside as a reliever but is known to be injury prone. Adams has a career 2.41 ERA over 407.1 IP. He pitched last season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
-The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Viciedo was released by the Chicago White Sox in early February. He’ll make $2.5 million if he makes the big league squad. He hit .231/.281/.405 (92 OPS+) with 21 home runs and 58 RBI last season. Over his five season career, he’s a .254 hitter.
-FA Ryan Doumit is still waiting to see what happens in spring training in terms of injuries to catchers and first basemen, and for the right opportunity to sign, according to Devan Fink of CoverThoseBases.com. Many consider him to be one of the best free agents left.
-Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has taken physicals with multiple teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. He hasn’t technically been declared a free agent by MLB, but teams are preparing anyways.
–Chicago White Sox great Minnie Minoso died last night. He pulled over on the side of the road feeling ill and was found dead in the passenger seat at around 1 AM.
-Jon Morosi of Fox Sports talked about international possibilities for the MLB in terms of games in an in-depth article. Tony Clark, executive director of MLBPA said that discussions are “ongoing” about the possibility of spring training games being played in Cuba, and that it was “conceivable down the road.” He also said that the MLBPA was willing to “look at a possibility” of playing a series in London.
-It was also noted that commissioner Rob Manfred could “envision an MLB franchise based in Mexico one day” and that the union is evaluating the possibility of MLB players playing in the Premier 12 international tournament, which would be a complement to the World Baseball Classic.
-The Philadelphia Phillies lost 6-2 to a Division Two college baseball team, the University of Tampa. Granted, no starters or foreseeable members of the 25 man roster played.
-Note: A mistake was made yesterday in forgetting to announce the retirement of veteran outfielder Juan Pierre. The journeyman played with the Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He stole 614 bases and batted .295/.343/.361 in his fourteen years a big-leaguer.