Once when I was younger I asked my mother why the winters are so cold and snowy. It was a childish question borne from simple naiveté, lacking life experience and basic understanding of science and nature. But, answer came with a sort of intuitive wisdom.
"Winters are cold so that we may better appreciate the spring."
There's a lot of parrallels to be drawn between the seasons and baseball, I'll leave that for Vin Scully (he's much, much better at story telling than I am), but amidst a long and brutal winter there is the thought that baseballs are being thrown, pitchers and catchers are talking about #stuff, and the theory of baseball is taking shape and becoming more concrete.
It's a relief.
- Jake Arrieta has shoulder tightness, has his throwing program moved back. This is an unfortunate early development but it does open the door to Kyle Hendricks making a strong rotation case.
- Twins Claimed Brooks Raley. Raley became a bit redundant when Wesley Wright was signed. It was going to come down to losing him or trading James Russell at some point. You can only have so many LOOGY's. It's interesting how quickly the Cubs bullpen situation has turned around. Bullpen volatility is nothing new but it's always surprising to see it happen.
- Orioles sign South Korean pitcher Suk Min Yoon. The Orioles have had a really odd offseason of late between all the failed medicals and game plan. Yoon addresses a need they have in the rotation, but it remains to be seen how well and how well he'll fill in that role.
- Some guy named Derek Jeter retired. There's going to be a full on write up on this because Jeter is frequently misunderstood on both ends of the spectrum.
- John, Harry Pavlidis and myself will be hosting a Prospects and Pizza get together in March. Details are here, we'll be talking a lot of baseball at this event so come on out if you can.