The week of Thanksgiving usually belongs to football with a plethora of big games on the holiday and running all through the weekend. College basketball is also big with its many tournaments like the Paradise Jam, Maui Invitational and 2K Classic. Since this past weekend, there has been a flurry of Major League Baseball activity and while none of these happenings are particularly Earth-shattering, there have been quite a few items to keep baseball in the headlines. Here is a quick recap of some of the wheelings and dealings around MLB.
John Gibbons named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays….again. This will be the second go-around in Toronto for Gibbons who compiled a 305-305 record while piloting the club from 2004 through 2008. He was involved in highly-publicized disputes with Shea Hillenbrand and Ted Lilly. The Blue Jay roster he inherits is much better than any of his previous squads. His best showing was 2006 when Toronto finished in second place with a 87-75 record. The expectations will be much greater in 2013.
Jeremy Guthrie signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. Guthrie came to Kansas City after a forgettable half season with the Colorado Rockies. The right-hander took an immediate liking to Kauffman Stadium. He was 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA during his home starts with the Royals, finishing his 2012 season with a 5-3 record and a 3.16 ERA in 14 KC starts. Along with newly acquired Ervin Santana, Gurthrie has upgraded the Royals’ starting pitching to complement their tremendous nucleus in the field.
Hiroki Kuroda stays with the New York Yankees for another season. The Japanese righty signed a one year deal worth $15 million dollars plus incentives. He was arguably the Yankees’ best and most valuable pitcher going 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts. Given the uncertainty surrounding the rotation with the status of Andy Pettitte up in the air, the question mark of Ivan Nova and the return from injury of Michael Pineda, Kuroda’s choice to remain in the Bronx will go a long away in helping the club defend their American League East title.
The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners made a deal. The Orioles traded infielder Robert Andino to the Mariners for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Andino was the primary 2nd baseman for the O’s in 2012 playing 127 games and hitting seven homers and knocking in 28 runs. Robinson started 39 games in left field for Seattle hit three home runs and 12 RBI’s. Baltimore had a glut of infielders and the M’s had a surplus of players in the outfield. This a trade that helps add depth to both squads while trying to tap the potential for the players involved.
Ditto for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. It is rare for division rivals to swap players. The D’Backs sent 3rd base prospect Ryan Wheeler to the Rockies for left-handed reliever Matt Reynolds. One of Arizona’s primary needs in the offseason was lefty bullpen help. Reynolds appeared in 165 games over the past three seasons in Colorado sporting a 3.93 ERA. Wheeler hit .351 with 90 RBI’s in 93 games before being called up from Triple-A in late July. He hit .239 in 50 games for the D’Backs. He will go into Spring Training with a chance to start at the hot corner for the Rox.
That’s all the news for now. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
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