As you read this, players are making their way to Spring Training camps. Those oh so familiar cherished sounds of mitts being popped, balls being hit, and the rustling of cleats on dirt are coming back at the big league level.
Yesterday the owners and players finally agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. It took 99 days. We had 99 problems but a CBA ain’t one.
This is from yesterday:
Hopefully the Angels didn’t skimp on coffee, No Doz, or Red Bull. That line about free agents and trades is huge.
Take a look a some of the big names still on the board. Correa, Freeman, Story, Rodon, and more. As we all now the second tier guys move after the top tier.
And then there are trades.
The next couple of days should be insane. Teams will still be getting put together as camps are going on. This will truly be nuts.
I’d hang out around here to keep up to date.
One thing the front office can take off their plate is the Rule V draft. It has been cancelled for this year.
This should keep Michael Stefanic in the fold. He’s been a rising star in the Angels system.
99 days is a long time. In case you’ve forgotten we still don’t know who will play shortstop for the Angels this year. That’s a pretty important position. But we have a legitimate Opening Day starter. Thor.
Minor League camps have already been underway. One potential future shortstop, Jeremiah Jackson, has big pop but also a big strikeout rate. He’s hoping a swing tweak will result in more contact.
How will the game itself change? There are reports MLB and the union have agreed to ban extreme defensive shifts. I’m happy about that.
Banning the shift is a divisive issue. Fangraphs does their usual great work and looks at what it will and won’t accomplish.
A huge on field difference this year will be the DH in the National League. Purists will really hate this one. If pitchers hit worth a lick so would I. But if they don’t hit in college or the minors, I don’t see how we can expect them to hit in the majors.
29 teams have pitchers that can’t hit. And then there’s Shohei Ohtani.
The postseason will also be different. 12 squads will make the cut and the opening round will be best 2 of 3. That truly makes the playoffs a crapshoot.
There’s going to be a ton that I miss but between work and family I have to cut this short. Smile. Celebrate. And please link all the news below.