As pitchers and catchers are report for duty at spring training we have a recap and a rating of the Angels off season moves. The staff of Crashing the Pearly Gates was decidedly underwhelmed by most of the moves other than the trade for Raisel Iglesias. Some liked Josέ Quintana. Dylan Bundy’s slider ranked number 17 in the top 25 off speed pitches in baseball. Felix Peña got an honorable mention for his slider. David Fletcher made Fox Sports MLBs “All-Underrated Team.”
Last Minute Signings
C.J. Cron got a minor league deal with the Rockies who have invited him to Major League spring training. The Athletics re-signed Yusmeiro Petit. It’s a one year deal worth $2.55 Million with incentives. Brad Boxberger got a minor league deal with the Brewers. He’ll be invited to Major League spring training. The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Austin Barnes by signing him to a two year deal worth $4.3 Million with $400,000 in additional incentives. Keone Kela has some kind of deal with the Padres.
The Braves signed Jason Kipnis to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation. The Red Sox are near to signing relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura, most recently with the Chiba Lotte Marines. The Phillies signed outfielder Travis Jankowski to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation. Matt Shoemaker got a job with the Minnesota Twins for one year at $2 Million. Finally, the Yankees have an agreement with free agent reliever Justin Wilson.
Links From Around Baseball
In sad news Nicole Hazen, wife of the Diamondbacks General Manager, is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. Somebody ripped off our Mount Rushmore idea. Job posting: The Mets are looking for a Baseball Systems Director. This is a supervisory programming job and no prior baseball experience is needed. Jared Hughes retired from baseball. Get a load of some of his pictures over the years.
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