Hello everyone! Long time, no post. My second-favorite sport's (college basketball) season just got underway yesterday (Go Pride). But in the meantime, baseball things have been happening as teams begin to reshape their rosters in preparation for the Winter Meetings next month.
A few major deals were made yesterday, while others are certainly on the horizon. Let's check out some of the most important info you'll need to start off your day.
- The M's have decided to retain reliever Ryan Cook, signing him to a minor league deal yesterday. Cook did not pitch last season due to an injury, and he will spend most of 2017 recovering from Tommy John Surgery.
- Luke Arkins of Prospect Insider looks at possible ways the M's could improve their outfield.
In other MLB news...
- The A's will listen on offers on Sonny Gray, Stephen Vogt, and Sean Doolittle this offseason. While it certainly doesn't mean the team will aggressively look to move these players, it signals the possibility of another offseason of massive movement on the trade front for Oakland.
- In some surprising news out of Houston, the Astros may in fact be interested in acquiring Miguel Cabrera from the Tigers.
- In a piece by Jon Paul Morosi, Rays starter Chris Archer mentions that he plans to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic as a way to unite a torn country.
- Good ol' Jeff Sullivan took an early look at win expectancies for MLB teams in 2017. He pegged the Mariners as an 84-win team as the roster currently stands.
- The Dodgers appear to be on a mission to get younger, as the team sent Howie Kendrick to the Phillies in a trade yesterday.
- The forever-young Bartolo Colon will stay in the NL East next year and suit up for the Braves. As a current resident of New York, I can tell you the feeling around Mets-land is a very somber one with this news.
- Bill Plaschke at The Los Angeles Times wrote a gorgeous piece on AP sportswriter Joe Resnick. Prepare yourselves for the feels.
- The Cardinals are going to try stretching out reliever Trevor Rosenthal as a starter for next season.
- Cuban infielder Lourdes Gurriel recently inked a seven-year deal with the Blue Jays. His brother Yulieski signed with the Astros this summer.
- The Blue Jays were very busy yesterday, as the team signed Kendrys Morales to a multi-year deal as well.
- The Angels signed starter Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract.
In other sports...
- The Braves' old stadium won't go to waste, as Georgia State University has plans to purchase it for the school's football team.
- Wagner knocked off the UConn men's basketball in an Opening Day upset.