This is easily the worst time of year for baseball fans, as most teams have signed all the big-name players they're going to sign, the awards and honors are all handed out, and we're still more than a month away from pitchers and catchers.
So what's going on? Not much.
- Jon Heyman says the Yankees are very interested in Andruw Jones as a fourth outfielder. Seems like that would be a good move. Jones was an average defender while playing all three outfield positions last season and posted a 113 OPS+ in 328 plate appearances. Of course, Jones is a Scott Boras client, which means Heyman may or may not be trying to use the Yankees as a way to get more money for Boras from another team.
- Initial reports said the Yanks were leery of Marcus Thames' defense; I think Thames would be a great corner outfield/corner infield backup type for the Red Sox, but there's been zero word on the Sox considering any moves at all. Perhaps they're seeing Lowrie as a first base backup, as opposed to just the usual 2B/SS/3B utility role, with Darnell McDonald handling the corners.
- The Yankees also have expressed interest in Justin Duchscherer, who would be one of those low-risk, high-reward starting pitchers the Yanks could use to round out their rotation, regardless of what Andy Pettitte does (has he died? Has anyone checked?). Duchscherer has a career 3.13 ERA, which is good, and he posted a 2.89 ERA in five starts last year, which is very good. Of course, it was 1.82 before he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings and ended his season with a hip operation, which is not so good. Those are the only five starts he's made since the end of the 2008 season.
- Spaking of Pettitte, the New York Post actually showed up at his door (so I guess he's OK) in Texas. Pettitte's "just chilling out, hanging. I'm relaxing." He might even be shooting some b-ball outside the school.
- The Sox officially re-signed Hideki Okajima, which was slightly surprising given his terrible 2010. He did have a much better OPS against left-handers last year (still not terrific, though), so perhaps he's transitioning into more of a LOOGY role.
- And for a brief moment, the Sox had Max Ramirez on their roster. He's now with the Cubs.