If you have not yet heard it, allow me to be the first to say it’s baseball season. Spring training doesn’t officially start for a few weeks, but on Sunday night a football team some people care about from Philadelphia beat a team from New England most people hate, dropping the curtain on the NFL season [Ed.: Thoughts and prayers for John as he wakes up in post-apocalyptic Philadelphia this morning]. As we turn our collective gaze to the more refined nature of our nation’s pasttime, please allow me the honor of bringing you up to speed on what’s happening with your favorite ball club, and elsewhere around the league.
It’s boycott season
It has been a slow offseason around baseball, and one that has grown increasingly frustrating for free agent players looking to sign deals to their liking. As we inch closer to the start of spring training, the rumblings of discontent from the players have been growing, and speculation about a possible boycott has emerged. On Friday, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark issued the following statement.
This fueled the boycott fire, and led pundits like ESPN’s Buster Olney to opine on the possible boycott and what the players could or should be looking for.
Just as it seemed the idea of the boycott was heating up, the MLBPA dumped water on it with this statement.
So that’s where it is now. Boycott or not, it’s apparent that the players feel like they are getting shafted. I get where they’re coming from. It will be interesting to see how this situation progresses as we get closer to the start of spring training.
MLB.com ran a story on 12 prospects who just missed their top 100, and Tigers catching prospect Jake Rogers made the list. They love his defense, and seem to think he is making strides in erasing the doubts about his bat.
Run Ronny Run
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press thinks the Tigers may have found a bargain in utility man Ronny Rodriquez. Fenech points to Rodriguez’s strong Triple-A numbers in a Cleveland system that had his path to the majors blocked, along with some feedback from a rival talent evaluator to speculate that Ronny could be a contributor to this Tigers team. Who knows if Fenech is correct here, but one thing that’s for sure is that Rodriguez is going to get his chance to prove he’s worth keeping around.
Alex Has Tools
Wayne Cavadi of FanRag Sports took a look at some prospects with standout tools, and Tigers pitching prospect Alex Faedo got himself a mention for his exceptional slider.
Another week closer to spring training and another player in the best shape of his life. This week we highlight Royals outfielder Jorge Soler.