There hasn’t been much to write about since the Winter Meetings, but here are some Bucco notes…
– UPDATE: Ryan Reid and Jerry Sands – designated for assignment with the additions of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes last week – have been claimed on waivers today. The Mets picked up Reid, while the Rays added Sands.
– The Dominican Winter League’s regular season has come to a close. Bucs’ top hitting prospect Gregory Polanco finished with a line of .331/.428/.494 for the league’s best team, making him a candidate for Most Valuable Player (EDIT: he’s won the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards). He had the highest OPS in the league and came in second place for the batting title. Former big leaguer Moises Alou had some high remarks for Polanco:
– Starling Marte joined Polanco on the Escogido team last week. Marte, who was hit by 24 pitches last season, was plunked twice in his first two Dominican League games. The second one forced him to exit the contest early, but fortunately x-rays were negative.
– With the Pirates searching for a first baseman, Ike Davis of the Mets is a possible option. John Perrotto reported last week that the Mets wanted a big arm like Nick Kingham; Tim Williams writes why that trade wouldn’t be worth it.
14 weeks until Opening Day