This 2013-14 season has been a wild one. The signing of Robinson Cano to the tune of a 240 million dollar contract for ten years with the Seattle Mariners, to the PED problem with A-rod. And the chase for Masahiro Tanaka. While other teams decide to rebuild slowly like the Astro’s or other teams strategies like the Athletics or buy out pure talent like the Mariners. Some players thinking they are worth more than what they actually are worth, Nelson Cruz for example. He had a fifty game suspension due to PED use, and he expects a big contract? Those PED’s did more than I thought, he is a defensive liability for any team, he does knock the ball out of the park quite a bit, but he is only worth about 18 million for three years. I could see a team picking him up as a platoon hitter.
As I mentioned earlier about Tanaka, five teams have offered him contracts from 6-8 year over 100 million dollar, he is suppose to be the next Yu Darvish, he had a ERA of 1.27 in the Nippon baseball league for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. A update about which teams will acquire the 25 year old pitcher? The Greatest odds will be the LA Dodgers. Tanaka did mention that he wanted a strong Japanese culture for him and his family. So,I wouldn’t count the Seattle Mariners out of the question just yet,even though they need high up approval.
Lyle Overbay signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, this is his second trip with the Brewers. 2013 season he spent with the Yankee’s, .240/.295/.393 over 486 plate appearances. Mark Reynolds and Overbay see competition at first base with the rookies Hunter Morris, Sean Halton,Juan Francisco. I’m sure the veteran players will be used as wisdom and to give the infielders a day off.