The baseball world has its eyes firmly fixed on Thursday and the release of the Mitchell steroid report.
But we would be remiss in failing to mention that today is of some note, as well — it’s the date by which teams must offer unsigned, arbitration-eligible players on their 40-man rosters a contract, or else they become free agents.
Here is at least a partial, slightly old list of those players, one of whom is Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly.
The Boston Herald reported this week the Sox are thinking about signing Donnelly, presumably at a very cheap price, considering he’s not likely to play until July thanks to Tommy John surgery.
This could actually be a good deal for the Sox. Donnelly acquitted himself well before becoming injured early in the season. He’s got a good track record, and pitchers tend to recover well from the surgery. From reports last season, Donnelly seemed to be a kind of cheerleader-in-chief, traveling with the club even though he didn’t have to.
Along with apparently being a good clubhouse presence, Donnelly could come back in late July or early August — a midseason boost for the bullpen that will cost zero prospects and minimal money. Not shabby.