MLB Storylines: Free Agent Confusion And Washington’s Last Chance
Here's What You Need to Know As Opening Day ApproachesBy George KurtzWe are now well into Spring Training games and with the start of the real action coming soon, we have trending storylines that we will be paying closer attention to before Opening Day. Some are more important or interesting than others, but all will be worth keeping an eye on. It has been fun to watch a few games so far, but let’s face it, many of us are begging for the games to count. Here’s what we need to keep up on before the real first pitches are thrown out very soon. This is especially useful if you are catching up on what has transpired during the offseason.Speeding Up the Game: Major League Baseball backed off their plan to put in a pitch clock this season. They couldn’t come to an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, so instead of a clock or keeping hitters in the batter’s box, they decided to limit the amount of times team personnel may visit the pitcher’s mound. This is still a step in the right direction, but more could’ve/should’ve been done. There is no rule in place as to what will happen when a player, manager, or coach approaches for the seventh time, only that the umpire will have the option of ejecting said player. Couldn’t this entire problem be solved by giving the pitcher and catcher wireless ear pieces like they have in football? This would solve so many problems and eliminate some of the down time in the game.Big Name Free Agents Still Available: Some big name free agents have finally started to sign recently, as Yu Darvish is a Cub, Eric Hosmer a Padre, and J.D. Martinez is with the Red Sox. There are however, still several big name free agents that have yet to sign a contract for this season. Where will Jake Arrieta end up? How much longer will he wait to sign? There are also second-tier pitchers that are still available like Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. Greg Holland can close or be a top setup man. If a team needs need a power-hitting outfielder, maybe Carlos Gonzalez still has something left. Remember when Jonathan Lucroy was one of the best catchers in the game? That was just two years ago. If a club needs someone at the hot corner, how about Mike Moustakas? Neil Walker could play second base for quite a few teams. You could field a very competitive team with these players.
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