With the old thread buried and the holidays mostly over, it's time to start a new one of these bad boys. Quite a bit has happened actually.
So we've resigned Chad Cordero to a minor league contract as he continues to try to revive his career. I've never been much of a fan on account of his stuff doesn't seem good enough to be a ML closer, so best of luck to him and I hope to never see him in a Mariner uniform.
We've also signed Josh Bard, who batted .230/.293/.361 with the Nats last year but was still worth more than Johnson (by .2 wins, in 10 more PAs). Bard boasts a career .312 wOBA - if you can boast about that - and projects to be a better hitter than Johnson, with Bill James predicting a .299 wOBA and ZiPS pegging him at .251/.320/.371 both over about 300 at bats.
In ALW news,the Angels signed Fernando Rodney for 2/11M, presumably to keep Fuentes' 2011 option from vesting (based on games finished). Neither deal is a good one, so here's hoping Rodney gets torched early and forces Fuentes back into the closer role.
Also in ALW news the Rangers, seemingly embarrassed by their recent series of good moves (or non-moves), are moving quickly to rectify the situation by pursuing 33 year old Jon Garland. Best of luck, Daniels, he's an... uh... innings eater! And a veteran!
Jeff Clement continues to struggle with injury, as the PIrates sent him to an instructional league to get time at first base but a strained oblique limited his time on the field. He seems headed to the minors to start the season, but will end up at first for them. Or maybe he'll split time with Doumit behind the plate, giving them two defensively questionable catchers with injury issues.
Well that's about it I think. Have at it.