A look around Major League Baseball at some of the interesting stories from last week.
#2 2B – MLBTradeRumors: Following up on a story listed on the February 19th Batting Order, Zach Links takes a more in-depth look at the Colorado Rockies’ club policy for determining pre-arbitration player pay scales and discovers it’s more than just the Rockies taking this approach. Unnamed clubbed executive: “The thought process from our perspective always been to try and be consistent as possible,” the exec said. “The [Collective Bargaining Agreement] dictates a minimum, now $500K, for these guys. The philosophical question is, what benefit do you get from paying them significantly above that, or even a dollar above that”
#3 C – CBS Sports: Fresh off signing his own lucrative contract with the Seattle Mariners, Robinson Cano has started offering pointers to GM Jack Zduriencik on how build the team. John Heyman reports on what Cano would do if he were calling the shots for the Mariners (Spoiler: It involves dolling out the Benjamins to Ervin Santana and Kendrys Morales)
#4 CF – JoeRaysFan: Something seems fishy in Tampa Bay. Cork Gaines explains how 23yo Todd Glaesmann’s surprise retirement could result in the Diamondbacks filing a grievance against the Rays. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers on the December 2013 trade that brought Glaesmann to Arizona: “I would say [Todd Glaesmann] is someone we value as a prospect…I’d say probably the key player in the deal”. Did the Rays know Glaesmann was thinking of calling it quits before the trade? We may never know.
#5 1B – SB Nation: Steve Goldman looks at some of the misnomers regarding the value that the average closer brings to a pitching staff, and reopens the debate as to whether there should be a special designation for a “closer”.
#6 DH – ESPN: Yikes. As reported by Robert Sanchez, Ian Kinsler is not too happy with the Texas Rangers right now. Kinsler on the trade to Detroit from Texas: “To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162. I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their [expletive].” Talk about a bad break-up between a star and his team.
#7 LF – Fort Worth Star-Telegram: If quarterbacking for the Seattle Seahawks doesn’t work out, maybe Russell Wilson can carve out a career in baseball. Drew Davidson explains that Monday’s training camp invite with the Texas Rangers may have been a publicity stunt, but don’t tell Wilson that.