The AL Central just got very interesting. In a deal that was somewhat surprising, Prince Fielder finally ended his search for a new home by signing a nine year, $215 million deal with the Tigers. The Tigers lost Victor Martinez earlier this offseason to injury and needed a bat to fill the void, and they certainly got one, and then some. Fielder will play first while Miguel Cabrera will move back to third base. The Tigers, in my mind, will now run away with the Central with no real big threats to take the top spot.
In news that hits closer to home for the Rays, the Blue Jays also completed a deal today. They signed Francisco Cordero to bolster the back of their bullpen. The Blue Jays added Sergio Santos earlier this offseason, and Ken Rosenthal is reporting Cordero will set-up for Santos. Cordero had been the brilliant closer for the Reds, but had to find a new home after the Reds inked Ryan Madson. These two stories are not really Rays related, but certainly change the face of the American League.
Rays News and Notes
- The rumors just keep rolling in for the Rays, as it appears they are getting serious to sign a middle infielder. Today Marc Topkin reported the Rays are interested in Edgar Renteria as well as Jeff Keppinger, who I talked about yesterday. Renteria is older and not as flexible, so I would hope the Rays would sign Keppinger before Renteria.
- Ken Rosenthal is also reporting that the Rays are among the teams looking for a veteran shortstop, along with the Reds and Giants. The Red Sox are still looking for an everyday option, according to Rosenthal. He mentions Keppinger, Renteria and Ryan Theriot as available options.
- Finally, Carlos Pena‘s new deal with the Rays was finalized today. Pena was formally re-introduced today at the Trop. It appears that Pena is glad to be back, just as we all thought. Hopefully Pena will bring the power that the Rays need in the middle of their order.