Rangers designated OF Alex Castellanos for assignment per John Blake theExecutive Vice President of Communications for the Rangers. The move clears a spot for the Joe Saunders on the active roster. Castellanos has already been with the Dodgers and Red Sox since the end of last season and he could soon be on the move again.
Mariner make first wave of roster cuts
The Seattle Mariners have cut there first 13 player per Greg Johns of MLB.com. They optioned LHP Danny Hultzen to Triple-A Tacoma; optioned LHP Anthony Fernandez and OF Julio Morban to Double-A Jackson; reassigned LHP James Gillheeney, RHPs Jonathan Arias, Andrew Carraway, Stephen Kohlscheen, Mark Rogers and Chance Ruffin, Cs John Hicks and Manny Pina, INF Gabriel Noriega and OF Burt Reynolds to minor league camp. None of them were projected to may the Opening Day Roster Spot.
White Sox make first wave of Roster Cuts
The Chicago White Sox Cut their seven players from the roster per Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. White Sox reassigned RHPs Brian Omogrosso, Chris Bassitt, Parker Frazier, LHP Mauricio Robles, INF Mike McDade, OF Denis Phipps, and C Kevan Smith to minor league camp. These are the first roster cuts of the spring for the White Sox. Again real no surprises here either.
Brian Sanches Retires
Brian Sanches has announced his retirement from baseball per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Sanches, now 35, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and spent last season with the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate. He’ll finish his career with a 3.75 ERA over 195 appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-2007), Washington Nationals (2008), Florida Marlins (2009-2011), and Phillies (2012).
Rick Ankiel Retires
Out Fielder and Pitcher Rick Ankiel has retired from baseball per Dan McLaughlin said on the Cardinals’ television broadcast . Ankiel said as recently as February that he was open to playing in 2014 if the right situation came along, but he has apparently given up on the idea of a comeback and is now aiming to join a team’s front office in some capacity. His once-promising career as a pitcher fizzled out due to extreme control problems, but he still made his mark as a hitter for a brief stretch. He finishes his Career with a 3.90 ERA and a .240 Batting Average.
Angels Make Three Cuts
The Los Angelas Angels have cut their first three players from the Active Roster. They reassigned RHP Yeiper Castillo, LHP Hunter Green and OF Zach Borenstein to minor league camp.
These are the first three cuts in Angels’ camp.
Ross Stripling Done For Season
Dodgers pitching prospect Ross Stripling underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his right elbow. It was supposed to be Tommy John surgery, but the 24-year-old right-hander needed some loose bodies cleared out first. He can be ruled out for the entire 2014 season.
Blue Jays Cut Three
Blue Jays reassigned LHP Luis Perez and Catcher Derrick Chung and Jack Murphy to minor league camp. It’s the second round of cuts the Jays have made this spring.
Robin Ventura was hired on October 6, 2011 to be the Chicago White Sox 39th manger. He succeeded the controversial Ozzie Guillen, who left to be the manager of the new look Miami Marlins. In Robin Ventura’s two seasons at the helm of the Chicago White Sox, they have gone just 148-176.
In 2012, Ventura’s first season as manager, the White Sox were in first place for much of season. The division rival Detroit Tigers later caught fire with a week to go, and stole first place right out of the Sox’s hands. The White Sox finished three games out of first place, missed the playoffs, and finished 85-77. Ventura was a finalist for AL Manager of the Year, but finished third behind the A’s Bob Melvin and the O’s Buck Showalter.
2013 was a completely different story for Ventura and his White Sox. They struggled the whole season, and finished one game away from 100 loses at 63-99. The Sox were the worst fielding team in the MLB, committing 121 errors, and an MLB worse .980 fielding percentage. Not only did their offense struggle, the pitching was just as bad, if not worse. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana were really the only consistent starting pitchers, and the bullpen was not so bright either.
After a rebuilding year, Ventura will look to bounce back in 2014, The Sox future doesn’t look so bad. This offseason, they made some moves. They signed Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu to a 6- year $68 million dollar deal, traded for prospects like Adam Eaton, Matt Davidson, and Avisail Garcia, then later re-signed long time White Sox Paul Konerko to a one year deal. The White Sox announced the deal today around 1:00 PM on their twitter page. “There was never really any question in our minds as to who we wanted in the White Sox dugout now and into the future,” said White Sox GM Rick Hahn on Ventura.