Agreeing to a multi-year deal (details not yet released), the Seattle Mariners have apparently signed their ace starter, Felix Hernandez, for the long haul. Last year, Hernandez was as good a starter as there was in baseball and he has been consistently good in his five years in Seattle. Seattle, to its credit, has been an active player in the off-season. [MLB]
The Marlins again opened up the pocketbook – this time signing second baseman Dan Uggla to a one-year, $7.8 million deal before heading to arbitration. Uggla is good – hits for power, showed a bit more patience even has his batting average fell, and while he didn’t have his best season with the glove, is dependable and solid turning two. He’s certainly worth a one year deal at that amount. The Marlins also reached agreements with Reynal Pinto and Anibal Sanchez. [MLB]
Jim Edmonds wants to make a comeback – and offered to play for the league minimum with the Cardinals. Hmmm… The Cards have plenty of outfield options and Edmonds – one of my favorite players – hasn’t played in a year and to be fair had started to age in 2008 when he last played. We’ll see what comes of it. [MLB]
Jermaine Dye a Cub? Maybe as a utility role… It’s been a long time since he was traded to Kansas City for Michael Tucker in 1997 – and back then people were upset that Tucker was allowed to leave. In retrospect, it was one of the really good moves the Royals made back then…[ESPN]
Peter Gammons writes about the widening revenue gap between the top and bottom teams in baseball – and suggests that a lot of teams are being more creative with $40 million dollar salaries. [MLB]
Umpires ratified a five-year deal with MLB, that includes changes to determining what umps work the playoffs and World Series. [SI]
I was looking for this story – after writing that the Tigers might go a cheaper route with the ninth inning by signing Joel Zumaya, the Tigers signed Jose Valverde to a two year deal with an option – the first two years are worth $7 million each, with the 2012 season coming in at $9 million if the Tigers like what they got. Valverde was really, really good last year and has had enough good seasons to be worth the cash, but I didn’t know the Tigers still had that kind of money to spend. [MLB]
Among those celebrating with cake, cards, or remembrances are: Chick Gandil (1888), Ken Frailing (1948), Jon Matlack (1950), Brad Mills (1957), Chris Sabo (1962), Phil Nevin (1971), Chris Stynes (1973), and Amaury Telemaco (1974).
I saw Telemaco pitch for the Daytona Cubs back in about 1994 and you could tell that he was going to make it in the majors. He pitched a lot like Joaquin Andujar – and I couldn’t wait to see him in the bigs. It didn’t work out for him, but I still remember his initial presence. Daytona has a neat old ballpark (Jackie Robinson Stadium), which sits on the intra-coastal waterway. If you sit high enough in the bleachers on the third base side, you can watch boats go by over the right field wall. If you get a chance, you should see a game there.