Spring Training is just about finished for the year. Final cuts are being made, lineups are being determined, position battles are being won … all because the start of the season is just days away. Of course, that means massive discussions — debates, even — over who is ready for what. This week, too, there was plenty of front office drama around the Major Leagues! We’ll get to it all in this week’s Wrap Up.
Good news, Halos fans — Kendrys Morales is cleared for take off! He’s back from a broken left ankle, and finally ready for Major League action. Just in time!
With Morales’s progress … what happens to Mark Trumbo? He’s had a solid enough season at third base that it’s making the decision to take him out of the starting lineup more difficult.
Nyger Morgan isn’t a guy well known for good behavior and random acts of kindness. Nevertheless, he’s using his … “fame” for good in a new PETA ad encouraging people to adopt pets. After all, his cat Slick Willie is his best friend!
Earning attention in a different way is teammate Rickie Weeks. Despite his injuries and the challenge he’s had getting back to 100%, Weeks proved his toughness and earned great respect.
Okay, so we all saw that Magic Johnson bought the Dodgers. Only, not really. He was part of a group that bought the Dodgers. He’s just the only name we know! So, here’s some info on one of the other guys — Mark Walters.
There’s a special bond between pitcher and catcher. A catcher has to know a pitcher’s tendencies, so he can held suggest adjustments. Unless you’re Clayton Kershaw and Matt Treanor, that is. It seems the young star doesn’t need much of the veteran’s advise.
There was trouble in Cleveland this week, as both Derek Lowe and David Huff left yesterday’s game with injuries. While Lowe’s injury is not serious (back spasms), Huff could end up on the DL to start the season.
In completely different news, the Indians became the first MLB team to install a wind turbine atop Progressive Field. It will be active on opening day for the Tribe.
Oh, the drama! But it seems the Madoff bankruptcy case may finally be over. Monday, the Mets reached a settlement with Irving Picard for significantly less than initially discussed.
And at the end of the settlement, the Dodgers sale was announced. And oh, did the chatter begin. But is a comparison of the Dodgers’ situation to that of the Mets valid?
And the organizational shakeups continue. Jeff Moorad stepped down from his CEO position with the Padres this week. The club expects him to stay on in some level, but that’s a far cry from his previous notion of becoming the owner of the team.
But what’s really important, just days away from Opening Day, is how the team has performed on the field, right? Here’s a look at what the Friars have accomplished this spring.
It’s a strange dichotomy, this Spring Training thing is. We want to see good numbers, wins, excellent stats. But ultimately, they matter none! That may be a good thing for Pedro Alverez, who hasn’t had the most inspiring spring.
And with the kind of year the Bucs proved they’re capable of with the first half of last season, there are significant reasons to be excited about the 2012 season, too. Like Matt Hague, for example.
The Rockies are certainly not entering the year with strong expectations, at least not from the outside. It would help, it seems, if they had strength in their starting rotation … but alas, is there no ace?
The ride is over for Casey Blake and the Rockies this year. The club released the veteran third baseman on Tuesday, saying they knew he wasn’t going to make the team.
Twins fans haven’t had too much to get excited about lately. Hopefully, though, Justin Morneau’s success as a DH this spring is only a sign of a complete recovery from the concussion symptoms, and that he’ll be able to continue being an impact player for the team.
And the attempted comeback year for Joel Zumaya is over. Of course, he is scheduled for Tommy John’s surgery after re-injuring his arm in his first bullpen session of the spring. So, for the club, releasing him was purely a roster move — freeing up space on the 40-man.
Buckle up, fans! Real baseball is almost here. Starting Wednesday, games, numbers and stats really count.
Isn’t it great?!
Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.