It was a quiet weekend in baseball. This week should be much more lively.
On Wednesday, Hall of Fame results will be announced, and judging by the number of comments received since I wrote about my hypothetical ballot, there will be lots of strong feelings about the results.
Alex Rodriguez could learn his fate later this week. The arbitrator in his suspension case may make an announcement, perhaps on Friday. Baseball wouldn’t want the ruling to be released just ahead of the Hall of Fame results.
The Yankees will be hoping that A-Rod’s suspension is upheld. That would be give them the ability to spend more, perhaps aggressively bidding on Masahiro Tanaka.
The Orioles continue to look for pitching. The starting pitcher market is still full of possibilities. A.J. Burnett hasn’t decided on his 2014 plans and there are others in the mix, too.
The team’s pursuit of Fernando Rodney seems to have cooled, but Rodney and Grant Balfour don’t yet have new homes. Perhaps Rodney is still a possibility if there aren’t many suitors for him.
A week from now, the team’s minicamp begins in Sarasota, Fla. In the last two years, it’s been held in Baltimore in conjunction with FanFest. But, FanFest isn’t until Feb. 1, and spring training begins just 12 days later—on Feb. 13.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are signing Chris Dickerson according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Dickerson was signed to a minor league contract by the Orioles just before spring training last year. He played more than half the season with the Orioles and his game-winning home run against Detroit was one of the year’s highlights.