Gammons Notes: Morales & Drew still searching, qualifying offers, Teheran’s deal and Reds

Notes from the back of a rental car: 1.  Sometime in the next day or two, free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales will report to the Scott Boras Training Center in Florida. At this point, if they have to go reprove themselves on shorter term contracts, they will be prepared. “They are both young,” […]

Gammons Notes: Brian McCann, A.J. Burnett, Hanley Ramirez, Rays and Pirates

Brian McCann and the Yankees What Brian McCann does with the Yankee Stadium porch is anyone’s guess: 25, 30, 35 home runs. What his enthusiasm and persona brings to the clubhouse may be immeasurable, a baseball joy to a place that in the last couple of years has lived with Lacrymosa. But when C.C. Sabathia—the […]

Gammons Notes: Braves extend Heyward, Freeman, free agency and the current system

The Braves won 96 games last season, 94 in 2012, more than 90 in three of the last four seasons. Cooperstown will be theirs come July, with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox going into the Hall of Fame, and may see John Smoltz and John Schuerholz inducted soon thereafter. But the Braves also […]

Gammons Notes: Grady Sizemore, Daniel Bard, Logan Forsythe and Orioles

Two of the most interesting comebacks to watch this spring will be Grady Sizemore and Daniel Bard. Red Sox manager John Farrell and assistant GM Mike Hazen knew Sizemore well in Cleveland, where from 2005 to 2008 he averaged 27 homers, an .862 OPS and averaged 160 games played. Then came injuries, two microfiber injuries […]

Gammons Notes: Gregory Polanco, Toronto pitching, Stephen Drew & Braves’ payroll

Gregory Polanco and the Pirates The single most significant winter ball story has been 22 year old Pirate outfielder Gregory Polanco, the Darryl Strawberry lookalike who was the MVP in the Dominican as he put up an astounding .428 on base percentage. He is close to being another huge chip in the rebirth of a […]

Gammons Notes: Overlooked deals, Brett Gardner, Will Middlebrooks and more

1.  Most Interesting Overlooked Deal of the Off-Season Craig Gentry-Michael Choice It’s unusual enough for the American League West’s two prime rivals, the Athletics and Rangers, to trade with one another. Of course, nothing Billy Beane and David Forst ever does is shocking; hey, they traded away 3 number one picks in four months, Grant […]

Gammons Notes: Winter Meetings, Angels, Jackie Bradley Jr. and more

Baseball’s Winter Meetings have become the day before Thanksgiving at O’Hare Airport. “I left our suite once in four days,” said one assistant general manager. “And, even then, it took me more than an hour to circle the lobby (of the Dolphin Hotel) and get back to the room.” If the idea of the meetings […]

Gammons Notes: Jimenez option, Russell impressing the Athletics, Ortiz grand slam

Ubaldo Jimenez option with the Indians Ubaldo Jimenez has not informed the Indians that he is voiding his 2014 option for $8M, but the Indians are prepared for him to do so. Jimenez, who made $5.75M in 2013, rebounded with a strong season that helped propel Cleveland into a play-in game with the Rays, winning […]

Gammons Notes: Tigers, Red Sox and the selfless Avila

Al Avila has never gotten his grandfather Ralph to talk about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Oh, he talked to Al and his father Al — now the number two man in the Tiger front office under Dave Dombrowski — about baseball in Cuba and signing great players all these years like Pedro Martinez, but […]

Gammons Notes: The future of Kemp, Sandoval and Machado

Matt Kemp and the Dodgers Matt Kemp had surgery for an arthritic condition in A-C joint in his left shoulder at the end of the season, which stems from last November’s operation. The surgery was deemed minor, and his rehabilitation is supposed to begin in two or three weeks, which several teams may be following. […]