The big news yesterday was the Red Sox finally getting their man JD Martinez. They signed him for 5 years at a cost of $110m. Very similar to Justin Upton’s deal with the Angels. Today is the last day without any baseball games. Tomorrow the Arizona Diamondbacks kick off the Spring Training games when they play an exhibition game against Arizona State.
Here are my notes for the NL West:
- The Diamondbacks signed the speedy 33 year old outfielder Jarrod Dyson on a 2 year deal for $7.5. He stole 28 bags for the Mariners last season.
- Team President and CEO Derrick Hall said the D’Backs are not done adding players to their roster. The D’Backs currently have about $125m committed in payroll for this year, a club record.
- It looks like three pitchers are competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. The three are Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela.
- Ryan McMahon, 23 year old first baseman and the Rockies’ number three prospect has got a real shot at making the Opening Day roster. Bud Black said they will watch him closely during Spring. Looks like the job is his to lose.
- The Dodgers look hungry after coming up 1 win short of winning it all. Manager Dave Roberts are confident that the Dodgers can make it back to the World Series this season as all their key pieces are back for another shot at glory.
- Walker Buehler, 23 year old righty, threw his first bullpen of the Spring after struggling with some discomfort in his back last week.
San Diego Padres
- Eric Hosmer new first baseman was introduced at a news conference today. Hosmer batted .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers. A lot has been said in the media about this signing, but ultimately I think it was a good move for the Padres.
San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are continuing to strengthen their team. They signed reliever, Tony Watson to a two year deal for somewhere between $7-9m.