Boy yesterday was a busy day with trades and signings in the MLB.
Here are just a few of the signings that happened on Tuesday according to MLB Daily Dish:
- Yankees sign Jacoby Ellsbury to seven-year deal – Ellsbury, who won his second World Series with the rival Red Sox just over a month ago, heads to the Yankees in a move that triggers memories of Johnny Damon’s signing after the 2005 season. The Red Sox were interested in bringing back their star center fielder, but will now look to fill the void his absence leaves by shifting Shane Victorino to center field and signing a free agent right fielder.
Red Sox sign A.J. Pierzynski – The addition of Pierzynski signals the end of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s tenure with the Red Sox. The team has shown consistent interest in retaining Saltalamacchia all offseason, but did not seem willing to offer him a two-year deal. Pierzynski will provide the Sox with a veteran leader behind the plate to share time with David Ross.
Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan – Detroit GM David Dombrowski has been aggressive this off-season, dealing away Prince Fielder and Doug Fister in high-profile deals already this winter. From the start, he has made upgrading the closer’s role a priority and now he appears to have found his solution to that hole in Nathan.
Dodgers close to a deal with Brian Wilson – Wilson is most likely to return to the setup role with Los Angeles since the team has 26-year-old Kenley Jansen installed at closer. However, the younger pitcher might be better suited for a more flexible role, putting the 31-year-old Wilson in line to close again. Regardless of his role, the return of Wilson strengthens a Dodgers bullpen that struggled at times last season.
Rockies sign Justin Morneau – Morneau is coming off of a decent two year stretch in which he batted .263/.328/.424 for the Twins after missing significant time to injury in 2010 and 2011. His numbers could end up looking a lot better than that playing half of his games at Coors, and he’s still just 32 years-old, so it’s not like he can’t continue to return to his former level of productivity.
- Marlins sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia to 3-year, $21 million contract – In addition to the Red Sox and Marlins, Saltalamacchia drew significant interest from the Twins and Rangers this offseason. Both teams remain in search of a catcher, and will look to the trade market in the upcoming weeks in case players become available.
One thing is for sure in the Bronx… Ellsbury will need to pick another number to wear while in pinstripes… #2 is taken.