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The Marlins in the week leading up to the Winter Meetings, which start Monday in Orlando, have committed more than $30 million to three free agents.
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Friday's staggering baseball news arrived in the morning, when Robinson Cano, the Yankees second baseman who seemed to treasure New York City as if his hip-hop impresario/agent Jay Z wrote that song for him, instead departed the Bronx for the wonderful city but recently irrelevant baseball port of Seattle.
Just a few hours ago, the Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with first baseman Mike Napoli, bringing him back to Fenway on a two-year deal worth $32 million dollars.
The Boston Red Sox proved last season that to win a World Series in the 21st Century, you need a quirk, a calling card, something for the team to rally around.
The annual Winter Meetings are set to begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, and the Marlins have still stressed the importance of adding offense.
Morneau is smart to try to resurrect his career in the majors' most hitter-friendly ballpark and calling Coors Field home for half his games should lead to decent-looking raw numbers even if he doesn't actually improve any, but that's a whole lot more money than I'd feel comfortable investing in him at this point.
Now, there are just two Red Sox free agents still unsigned - first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew - after Tuesday's departures of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Marlins.
All 30 of Major League Baseball's general managers must have gotten together recently and reached that very conclusion.
It was a landmark day in MLB, which saw a frenzy of moves a week before the Winter Meetings in Orlando The Yankees signed OF Jacoby Ellsbury and 2B Kelly Johnson ; the Rockies signed Justin Morneau ; the Red Sox signed C A.J. Pierzynski ; the Phillies traded for RHP Brad Lincoln and signed C Wil Nieves ; the Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia ; ... (more)
Fantasy baseball players hearts' are aflutter after all the wheeling/dealing that has been going on in MLB.
The New York Yankees had been having a rough offseason. Dealing with the Alex Rodriguez grievance, suspension and contract is hard enough for the Yankees, without also negotiating with Robinson Cano and dealing with the Boston Red Sox being world champions again.
The Red Sox now must work toward finding a suitable replacement for Jacoby Ellsbury and/or make up his offense and defense in some other way.
In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates after hitting the game winning single in the ninth inning during Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers in Boston.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is taking a dramatic plunge, going from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox to the last-place Marlins.
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