Tidbits From Around The Diamond
As Spring Training trickles upon us, here is some of the latest news and views from Major League Baseball.
Prince Fielder’s 9 year deal last week with the Detroit Tigers was definitely a shock. Even though Prince spent time as a youth around the Tigers when his dad Cecil starred for them, one had to believe that the Nationals and the Mystery team known as the Dodgers, were the favorites for his services. While 9 years may sound like a lot for someone who isn’t quite in the greatest physical shape, playing in the American League will help Fielder as in the final few years of this deal, he can become a DH exclusively. In the short term, Fielder will more than fill the offensive void lost from the season ending injury to Victor Martinez.
The free agent market still has some quality arms remaining. Both Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt can be very solid additions to numerous contenders . At the moment it appears as if the Boston Red Sox are the favorites to land Jackson, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers appear to be the front runners and finalists for Oswalt.
Veteran Outfielder Pat Burrell has decided to hang it up. Burrell was the first overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He won two world series titles throughout his career, one with the Giants and the other with the Phillies. His 251 home runs as a Phillie, currently rank him fourth in franchise history.