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This Week In Small Market Baseball
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Royals Indians Pirates Blue Jays Rockies Padres






With the season right around the corner, and a lot of small market squads are making last minute roster adjustments, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new weekly post. For those that are unaware of my recent project, I am sort of championing the smaller market squads so that they get a bit more attention among the main stream fans of MLB. I have some help from some folks likeTheBeeze, FanOfReds, and TSBN's own JawsRecliner.

The goal of this series is to just aggregate the news and notes from the small market squads into one quick place each week.


  • -          The Colorado Rockies have named Jamie Moyer as their number two starter. Moyer, 49, sat out all of 2011 after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He will be the oldest active player in the majors and with his first win, will set the record for oldest starting pitcher to gain a victory.



  • -          The Kansas City Royals and left fielder Alex Gordon reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension. The 2nd pick of the 2005 draft took a few years for things to click, but things really came together for him in 2011, with a .303 batting average, 23 home runs, 87 RBI, and a gold glove. The deal is worth $37.5 million and includes a player option for 2016. This is the third contract extension handed out by the Royals this season, joining Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez, and is a sign that the Royals are serious about making this group into a contender.



  • -           The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without starter Charlie Morton to start the season. Morton, who was placed on the disabled list on Friday, posted a 10-10 record in 2011 with a 3.83 ERA and 110 strike-outs.



  • -          Another young player receiving an extension was San Diego’s Cory Luebke, who got a three-year deal from the Padres worth $12 million. Luebke, while only posting a 6-10 record in 2011, accompanied that with a 3.29 ERA and 154 strike-outs over 139.2 innings pitched. He’ll enter 2012 as the number two starter behind TimStauffer.



  • -          Earlier in the week, the Cleveland Indians were rumored to be acquiring outfielder Bobby Abreu from the Los Angeles Angels, but that deal has apparently fallen through. The deal would have sent outfielder Trevor Crowe to the Angels in return, but there has been no movement in recent days. With the injury to Grady Sizemore (words often repeated), the Indians are looking for a possible upgrade from Shelley Duncan in left field. Abreu, while his power has slipped in recent years, is still an on base machine and his patience at the plate would do well to rub off on the young Indians line-up.



  • -          Speaking of ageless wonders, the Blue Jays have given a roster spot to OmarVizquel, the 44-year-old veteran shortstop. Toronto, where he’s expected to be a back-up at short, second, and third, will be Vizquel’s sixth major league team. He’ll make the roster after having a tremendous spring, hitting .452 over 31 at-bats.



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