The Hot Stove Season is getting under way and there is some big news.
First the pro-Boston news:
Boston acquires Burke Badenhop from Brewers. Badenhop is a right-handed reliever that the Brewers under-used for some strange reason last season. He had some decent numbers but almost all of them came in low-leverage situations. I am not sure how to feel about this one, but all they gave up was a minor leaguer named Luis Ortega who is quite a ways away.
Boston signs A.J. Pierzynski. Well they needed a catcher I suppose. Pierzynski has frequently been labelled a clubhouse cancer though, so I am not sure of this one. He has some pop and is durable, but will he hurt the chemistry? I guess we will find out.
Now the bad stuff:
Jarrod Saltalamacchia signs with Marlins. Probably the prelude to a trade to the Mets next year. I liked Salty but he was not getting three years in Boston. Particularly with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart coming on strong.
Jacoby Ellsbury signs with Yankees. Seriously? I came to grips with the likelihood of Ellsbury leaving. Jackie Bradley Jr. will be the new center fielder, but the Yankees? Really? Also, this looks like a pretty likely contract the Yankees will be regretting in a few years. Seven years with an option for an eighth. Wow. And $150 million. Seems like a recipe for disaster.