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The Marlins are close to signing Edwin Jackson to a major-league deal.
Our own Mike Bates says that the Twins inactivity this winter will lead them to regress in 2016.
Knowing how Terry Ryan and the Twins operate, however, that's not going to happen. In all things, as usual, the Twins will take the path of least resistance. They will move May to the bullpen and consider it done. Just as they moved Miguel Sano to the outfield instead of trading Trevor Plouffe. Just as they refused to make any big deals at the trade deadline last year to bolster a surprising contender. Just as they cycled through disappointing veterans for four years while the team floundered in last place. It's possible that this could still work, but if the Twins aren't prepared for the inevitable road bumps, they risk being caught with their pants down (to blatantly mix metaphors).
The Twins will go forward in 2016 with mostly the same team they had last year, while division rivals actively work to improve. While I'd like to think this path is somehow an easier way to the top, experience has suggested that the Twins, in choosing inactivity, have actually found the fall line: the quickest way to the bottom.
The latest edition of The Rosterbatorical dropped yesterday, and it talked about the Hall of Fame.
Cliff Lee is generating a large amount of interest.
While Lee may be a bit choosy with where he signs, he arguably has earned that right. However, at the same time, a contender might not be looking for a reclamation project like Lee. According to Braunecker, up to 15 teams have asked about Lee's progress. Of course, it's worth noting Braunecker's job is to leverage situations for his clients. If Lee is adamant on looking for a contender, he may have to settle for a Spring Training invite or an incentive-laden deal.
The Diamondbacks have had an eventful winter and they might not be done, as they have expressed interest in Howie Kendrick.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1920, the Yankees announce the purchase of Babe Ruth. The deal was delayed while Ruth agreed to terms, which were believed to be $40,000 for two years.