It’s Jackie’s and Ernie’s and Nolan’s birthday, and Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn still don’t have a team.
It’s Alex Claudio’s birthday as well, and his buddies Carlos Gomez, Andrew Cashner, and Mike Napoli are still on the market, too.
Tomorrow is February, and Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez, Carlos Gonzalez, Mike Moustakas, Greg Holland, Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda, Jarrod Dyson, and Jonathan Lucroy remain free agents.
Pitchers & Catchers are a grocery shop or two away from relocating, but locally the latest baseball news cycle is highlighted by lefthander Jon Niese accepting the Rangers’ 22nd non-roster invite to camp, coming off a year he spent rehabbing from 2016 knee surgery.
Unless you consider Bill James going on MLB Network a few days ago and calling Nomar Mazara the third-best left fielder in the Major Leagues “news.” (Perhaps plugging him definitively in left is the “news” part.)
Catcher Chris Gimenez signed a non-roster deal with the Cubs, giving rise to justifiable speculation that Chicago is intent on padding its pitch to Darvish.
The Brewers are said to be in the thick on Darvish, too, even though they’ve already added Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to the payroll.
That one came out of nowhere, which reminds me:
The Rangers rarely make headlines before they make news.
That’s not to say we should expect a Darvish reunion, but history tells us not to rule anything out just because the rumor mill isn’t short-listing Texas. This club has a habit of operating quietly, and making adjustments and capitalizing when opportunities develop.
I’m not sure the fact that the music still hasn’t stopped for Darvish or Arrieta or Hosmer or Martinez or Cobb or Lynn qualifies as a development, but it’s the last day of January and, at some point, you’d have to think some demands are going to start coming down a bit, necessarily, giving the Rangers — and everyone else — something new to consider.
Happy Birthday, Alex. Bet you’re gonna get a Shiny New Something from your bosses.
Just may be a little belated.