The best starting pitcher left in free agency is Jason Hammel and it's a bit surprising he hasn't been locked up somewhere now with less than a month until spring training begins. Keep in mind that the Chicago Cubs declined Hammel's $12 million option basically as a favor to him, as he was expected to land far more on the open market. Instead, he's still sitting unemployed. And as the offseason has progressed, we've seen possible Hammel suitors drop out. The Baltimore Orioles were once rumored to be interested, but once they signed Mark Trumbo , word was they weren't going to spend much more. The Seattle Mariners were once connected, but they've instead added Yovani Gallardo and Drew Smyly via
The Washington Nationals traveled the second-fewest miles of any team in baseball last year, according to Baseball Savant, evidence of the fact that distance alone does not define grueling travel. While only the World Series champion Cubs traveled less by actual mileage (and interestingly, the Indians traveled fourth-least), those in the Nationals’ traveling party almost certainly would have testified to having one of baseball’s more strenuous schedules. Because of getaway-day games scheduled for the evening, quick turnarounds from West Coast trips, and the like, last year’s travels felt particularly trying — though recency bias often dictates that by August, each season’s schedule is remembered as the most difficult yet. The Mariners come to D.C., saving the Nationals a trip to the Pacific Northwest, and so do the Rangers.
The Giants sought more depth behind the plate and landed a veteran catcher with extensive experience in the NL West, signing Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million major league contract. The Giants anticipate Hundley to be on their opening day roster as the primary backup to Buster Posey, GM Bobby Evans said. Unless the club decides to carry a third catcher, the addition of Hundley would push Trevor Brown to Triple-A Sacramento – not a bad notion, since it gives the Giants additional depth in case of injury and also would give Brown the benefit of playing every day. Brown and Posey had been the only two catchers on the Giants’ 40-man roster. The Giants had signed two catchers, Tim Federowicz