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The Cardinals signed Kolten Wong to a five-year, $25.5 million extension.
Salvador Perez's extension is less risky then we think, says Mike Bates.
Going back to what Cliff said, it's not clear the Royals have actually invested all that much in their All Star catcher. I mean, in an offseason where his team gave out $70 million over five years for Ian Kennedy, it's pretty clear that Perez is going to continue to be underpaid (especially as salaries continue to climb) unless he totally and completely falls to pieces.
And, while we don't have definitive data, it appears that a catcher like Perez is durable until the exact moment that he isn't. Thankfully for the Royals, there are few signs that Salvy is on his way there. That's not to say that there isn't a higher risk of Perez breaking down than a catcher with a more reasonable workload, but he's by no means on his way to the glue factory. And this deal, only somewhat less than his first one, is going to look very team-friendly by the end of it.
The Yankees offseason has cast a shadow of the team, so big that it cannot be ignored.
They also added Chris Denorfia on a minor-league deal.
One of their offseason moves was trading for Aroldis Chapman, who was just recently suspended for 30 games. That suspension is some proof that Rob Manfred will take the domestic violence issue very seriously.
Coors Field is making some changes, and it could have an effect on the gameplay.
Austin Yamada of Beyond the Box Score put together an all-switch-hitting team.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1967, the White Sox are told that they can use a semi-DH in training came. Also, with the home club permission, teams can use a designated pinch hitter twice in the same game.