If the investigation of Mickey Callaway is not concluded by Wednesday the Angels will implement a back up plan. I’m guessing the bullpen coach gets moved to the dugout. Rhett Bollinger says there is still room under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the Angels to add another pitcher. There is no telling whether they will actually do so, of course.
News From Around Baseball
It was Dr. Anthony Fauci who met with Major League Baseball and the Players Association this month to give recommendations about safety protocols. He says there was obviously tension between the two sides related to salary considerations. Said he, “I couldn’t get involved in that.” Therefore he did not wade into the controversy about whether the season should start on time. SABR recommended seven Negro Leagues be reclassified to MLB status. If this happens, Willie Mays will once again have more home runs than Albert Pujols because of the 17 he hit while with the Birmingham Black Barons in 1948-50. Will Albert get enough playing time to hit another 15 or 16 homers? Only time will tell. Bernie Sanders is upset about the contraction of minor league baseball and he says he intends to do something about it. I’m not sure what he can do.
In news that everybody already knew, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held without fans in attendance. It will be televised. David Robertson and Aaron Sanchez threw for scouts from a few teams over the weekend. I can find no word on whether the Angels had anyone in attendance. The Toronto Blue Jays straight up released Shun Yamaguchi after he cleared waivers. He was bad in 2020 and nobody is willing to pay his $3.175 Million salary for 2021. Toronto gets to pay it. It looks like it’s the Mets who are snake bitten this year. One of their pitchers needs elbow surgery and spring training hasn’t even started yet.
Last Minute Signings
Sure enough, the Dodgers have re-signed Justin Turner. The deal is for two years with a third year option. Turner gets a signing bonus of $8 Million and then $34 Million over the two years. Matt Harvey got a minor league deal with the Orioles. Mark Melancon signed a deal with the Padres. James Paxton gets $8.5 Million from the Mariners. There are reachable incentives that could bring the total to $10 Million. Jake Arrieta goes back to the Cubs for one year at $6 Million. The White Sox signed another 14 guys to minor league deals with invitations to major league spring training.