Angels pulled $52 million offer to Garza because he was on vacation
Matt Garza and his wife were on vacation when the Angels offered him a four-year contract worth $52 million. Garza did not want to be bothered at the time and did not get back Los Angeles in a timely manner, so the team pulled the offer.
Garza would eventually end up signing with the Brewers for $50 million, but it's still a remarkable story nonetheless. If it wasn't for a vacation with his wife, Garza could very well be an Angel right now.
"They offered, but it was more of a weird situation," said Garza, who wound up getting $50 million in guaranteed money from Milwaukee. "I was on vacation with my wife and I didn't want to be disturbed, and it was like, ‘Here it is, we'll pull it in a certain amount of hours.' I didn't have a chance to respond, so I just said, ‘Whatever. It is what it is.'"
Profar to begin throwing program
Profar, who will turn 21 on Thursday, could be a big piece of the Rangers' puzzle in 2014 after a rough rookie campaign. He may not be ready to play in the field on Opening Day as Texas moves him along slowly, but the tendinitis is not expected to be a long-term issue.
Yankees name starting second baseman
Brian Roberts has spent more time on the disabled list than just about anyone over the last four years, but that did not prevent Joe Girardi from saying he would be the club's starting second baseman to begin the season. Kelly Johnson, who is expected to split time between second and third base, will be Roberts' backup.
Roberts could put up respectable numbers if he's finally able to stay healthy. He is a career .278 hitter with a .761 OPS. The odds are against him, though, as he hasn't appeared in more than 77 games since the 2009 season. Johnson could get plenty of reps at second if Roberts needs some time off at any point.
Mariners pitching prospect feels great after bullpen session
Taijuan Walker "felt great" after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday. Seattle's young phenom showed up to camp with some shoulder soreness, which was obviously a big red flag for the team.
With so many questions in the Mariners' rotation behind Felix Hernandez, Walker could be a big part of the team's plans in 2014 as Seattle looks to be competitive with Robinson Cano in the mix. Walker is just 21 years old, though, and could probably use some more seasoning in the minors before taking on the grind of a full big league season.
Phillies shut down Pettibone
Starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone will be shut down for the next five days after undergoing a cortisone injection in his throwing shoulder, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Pettibone pitched decently in 18 starts as a rookie, posting a 4.04 ERA over the course of 100⅓ innings. The 23-year-old doesn't record a lot of strikeouts, but made up for it last year by inducing a high percentage of ground balls. He is expected to compete for a spot at the back of Philadelphia's rotation while Cole Hamels recovers from biceps tendinitis.
Royals claim outfielder Paredes off waivers
Kansas City added a potential fourth outfielder to its roster by claiming Jimmy Paredes from Baltimore.
Paredes, 25, spent the last three years with the Astros while playing in a backup role. He is yet to do much of anything at the big league level (.234/.274/.311 in 118 games), but he did post solid numbers in the minors. It will be a challenge for him to make a Kansas City roster that already includes outfielders Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Norichika Aoki and Justin Maxwell, but Paredes could help his case with a strong showing in the spring.
Athletics reliever has successful bullpen session
Left-hander Sean Doolittle, who has quietly emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball the last two years, was able to throw a bullpen session on Monday after missing the last three with a calf strain, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Doolittle, 27, figures to have another big role in Oakland's bullpen this year after posting a 3.13 ERA over 69 innings in 2013. The A's relief corps ranked third in the American League last season with a 3.22 ERA and has welcomed several new additions this winter.
A's claim reliever Savery off waivers
Oakland claimed Joe Savery off waivers from the Phillies on Monday, via Gelb. The move adds a potential left-handed option out of the bullpen to go with Doolittle and Fernando Abad.
Savery, 28, has bounced around the majors and minors with the Phillies his entire career, though he hasn't fared well in the big leagues. Over 47⅓ career innings, he's posted a 4.15 ERA. To make room for him on Oakland's roster, fellow southpaw Eric O'Flaherty was moved to the 60-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery.