Okay, so it’s not reporting day for EVERY MLB team, but 22 of the 30 squads have their battery mates reporting for duty today and we couldn’t be more excited. With every new season springs hope and excitement… Well, unless you’re a Marlins fan. Then, I’m guessing you’d be cool and good with baseball never coming back. But for the rest of us who love American’s past time, this is a day that we have circled on the calendar and wait all winter for.
In the coming weeks, as spring training progresses and some more of those stray free agents finally find a new home and report to their new teams, FAM will have plenty of content to keep you in the loop. We’ll have division by division predictions, far too early World Series picks and more. But for now, let’s try to catch up on the small handful of developments across MLB since our last update.
Yu Darvish Signs With The Cubs
As we predicted last week, the top name on the free agent heap finally found his new home as Darvish signed with the Cubs. Darvish’s new deal is for six years and 126 million, which is a little less than he expected to get, but still 21 mill a year is no small potatoes. Darvish will work to anchor a Cubs rotation that at this point may lack a true ace, but with Darvish, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, it’s certainly one of the deepest and solidifies the Cubbies as the strong favorite to repeat as NL Central champions.
And Still, They Wait
While Darvish has found his new home, other top free agents including Eric Hosmer, JD Martinez and Jake Arrieta find themselves without a spring training to report to. Hosmer has seen dialogue on his situation pick up with the Padres in recent days, while the market for Martinez may only really consist of one team, the Red Sox. Meanwhile Arrieta, who apparently received a last minute offer from the Cubs before they signed Darvish, may have seen his market shrink to just the Twins and Brewers.
The End Of An Era In Miami
Wait, haven’t we talked about this enough already? Stanton is in New York, Yelich is in Milwaukee, blah blah. But we’re not talking about the team, we’re talking about new owners Derek Jeter & Co. killing off the amazingly wonderful Marlins Park tradition The Great Sea Race!
Okay, so I didn’t know this was a thing until today, but I’m not surprised that it was. Apparently Jeter really wants rid of that atrocious home run statue too, but that’s going to be a more difficult proposition. It’s kinda large after all, and they have to find someone who actually wants it. Looking for something to spice up the decor of your gymnasium-sized living room? Give Jeter a call, I’m sure no reasonable offer will be refused!
That’s all for now, folks. Please keep an eye on FirstAndMonday.com in the coming weeks for all of our MLB content leading up to Opening Day 2018!
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