Happy New Year to everyone, I hope it will be good and prosperous. The winter really didn’t start that long ago but spring training will be starting up next month, it doesn’t seem possible. Spring training is starting a little earlier then usual due to the World Baseball Classic which will begin play in March. There is 40 days until pitchers and catchers report. It has been a pretty quiet winter for the local teams to me being the New York baseball teams. I expect it to start picking up shortly though and it will be back to the grind before we know it.
The Kansas City Royals are suddenly signing guys like crazy. They aren’t doing anything major but they have signed Miguel Tejada and Endy Chavez to minor league deals. They signed Xavier Nady to a minor league deal earlier in the off season. The Royals will have some new pitchers also with the additions of James Shields, Wade Davis and Ervin Santana. They are looking to contend in 2013.
MLB announced on Thursday that the season will begin on March 31st in Houston with the Astros taking on the Texas Rangers in a new AL rivalry. The Astros will be playing in the American League for the first time in 2013. They have been in the NL Central since them came into the league and are now moving to the AL West.
Nick Swisher was introduced to Cleveland in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. He seemed to be pumped up and new manager Terry Francona said he will be in the middle of the lineup. Swisher has a big contract four years and 56 million to live up to. The Indians are counting on him being a leader and veteran presence for this team. He appears to be up to the challenge and we will see if it was worth it for the Indians and also the Yankees to let him go and go with Ichiro Suzuki as their right fielder.
Jason Frasor signed a one year 1.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers. He is 35 years old and spent almost his entire nine year career with the Toronto Blue Jays.