As spring training nears, there will be plenty of teams signing players to minor league deals with invites to spring training. The Mariners announced three of them today - two were already know, and the third is a reunion of sorts.
Pitcher Jon Lester insisted there is no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908. “I’m going in with the intention of winning in 2015,” the graduate of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma said.
It’s barely necessary to lobby for Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Their spectacular, historic body of work speaks for itself. Ah, but after that, it gets really dicey. Edgar Martinez is highly unlikely to come close to election because of the logjam of candidates.
Melky Cabrera reportedly has agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox worth at least $42 million. The Mariners reportedly were among the teams that showed interest in Cabrera, who hit .301 for Toronto this year.
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said team officials are “disappointed” outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up at the NatsFest fan festival. The players’ union has filed a grievance on Harper’s behalf concerning his contract.