So much for the Yankees being quiet this winter. I blinked last night and they acquired two frontline starters.
It must be nice to slot Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda behind CC Sabathia.
The Yankees are about seven deep in starters right now, and they’d love to dump A.J. Burnett. They’ll gladly drive him to your front door.
Last night’s activity takes the Yankees off the market for free agent Edwin Jackson. I’m still loving the idea of a Scott Boras package-deal involving Jackson, Prince Fielder and Johnny Damon. There must be some kind of discount.
You say that’s unrealistic? OK, just make it Jackson and Fielder.
Of the three, the Orioles probably are more likely to end up with Damon.
I’m asked frequently about the possibility of the Orioles signing Roy Oswalt, since he’s reportedly willing to take a one-year deal for around $8 million. I’ll say again that he’s not coming here if he’s looking to improve his stature and re-enter the free-agent market next winter.
I talked to someone with the Orioles last night who predicted that Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will sign with the Marlins. It seems like the perfect match.
The last time I checked, Cespedes was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in two Dominican Winter League games. And I can’t find a single person who understands why he’s playing right now. What does he have to gain?
A total of 142 players filed for salary arbitration last night, according to the players association. Figures will be exchanged on Tuesday.
The Orioles offered contracts last month to pitchers Brad Bergesen, Dana Eveland, Jeremy Guthrie, Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day, infielder Robert Andino and outfielder Adam Jones. They reached agreement with Eveland, who signed for $750,000.
As I write every year, this entire process is vastly overplayed in the media. The players submit a salary figure, the Orioles submit a counter offer and the two sides pretty much split the difference and avoid going to arbitration.
The players are under team control. The only “drama” centers on how much they’ll be paid. I doubt that most fans are concerned about it, especially when they’re not the ones writing the checks.
Hearings will take place between Feb. 1-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
I’m heading to the MASN studios in Hunt Valley for another hour-long edition of “Wall to Wall Baseball” with Tom Davis and Dave Johnson, beginning at 11 a.m.. We’re now on Twitter. Follow us at @walltowallbball.