The following are a few of the names have been added to the American League West this off-season: Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Josh Johnson, Scott Kazmir, David Freese, Corey Hart, Logan Morrison.
Seattle was busy again Wednesday at the winter meetings, signing free-agent first baseman Corey Hart and trading for outfielder Logan Morrison. The Mariners agreed last week with All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano.
In the eyes of Texas Rangers manager Jon Daniels, a competitive division is getting tougher and tougher.
“There’s probably been as many moves as anybody,” Daniels said. “Even before the Cano deal, Seattle had a lot of talent and flexibility. That’s a good combination. Houston’s got a lot of talent, too.”
Hart was a Rangers target as a possible right-handed complement to Mitch Moreland at designated hitter. Though he missed all of 2013 after surgery on both knees, Hart would make up to $13 million on his one-year deal.
The two moves by the Mariners reportedly eliminates them from the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes, but they’re not necessarily out on Nelson Cruz.
Colon goes elsewhere
Bartolo Colon, who drew interest from the Rangers, has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the New York Mets.
The right-hander, who turned 40 this year, went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for Oakland, and had been seeking a two-year deal all along. The Rangers had interest in him on only a one-year contract.
The Mets, once strapped for cash, have already signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million deal.
MLB’s rules committee has voted to eliminate collisions at home plate between base runners and catchers, a decision that had been anticipated since gaining steam late month at the GM meetings.
The rule hasn’t been finalized, and needs approval of the players union, but the intent is to reduce injuries to catchers and runners. Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who heads the committee, said that the rule could be in place for 2014.