Diamondbacks Sign Asdrubal Cabrera
The Diamondbacks have come to terms with 35-year-old journeyman infielder, Asdrubal Cabrera on a 1-year/$1.75MM contract that includes $1.05MM in incentives. Pit coverage of the deal can be found here.
Other Baseball News
MLB Realigns Minors, Upgrades Pay and Accommodations
All 120 teams invited to partner with MLB as minor league affiliates have accepted 10-year contracts to form the new, regionally aligned minor league baseball divisions. The realignment includes two AAA divisions and three divisions for each of the AA, High-A, and Low-A leagues. Travel time has been cut down by scheduling six-game series. Minor league pay has been increased some.
A’s, Marlins Bolster Dodgers’ Farm
In a pair of trades, the Dodgers sent away:
LHP, Adam Kolarek
OF, Cody Thomas
RHP, Dylan Floro
In return, the Dodgers received:
INF, Sheldon Neuse
RHP, Gus Varland
LHP, Alex Vesia
RHP, Kyle Hurt
Dan Szymborski aptly sums up my thoughts on the situation.
Dear teams,— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) February 12, 2021
If you want to topple the Dodgers, don't give them prospects for their role players. Find your own role players and keep the prospects!
Kevin Goldstein of Fangraphs looks at the issues facing the travelling scouts as they begin to prepare for the upcoming seasons, despite the still-raging (though improving) pandemic.
Baseball Hall of Fame Cancels Outdoor Ceremony, Moving Indoors
For the second year in a row, there will be no outdoor induction ceremony at Cooperstown. Instead, the ceremony will be moved indoors and televised. Hall of Fame chair Jane Forbes Clark cited the “continuing uncertainties” of COVID-19 in making the change. She said the new format will adhere to “required New York State guidelines.”