Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen was a closer for much of his time with the Mariners. One of his 67 Major League saves was the final inning of a six-pitcher no-hitter started by Kevin Millwood against the Dodgers on June 8, 2012.
Now that Yoenis Cespedes has remained on the free-agent market much longer than envisioned, the Mets have renewed some level of interest and the Braves have at least inquired to see what it might take to sign the power-hitting outfielder.
Before joining the Rockies in a trade before the 2014 season, Brandon Barnes had an extended opportunity with the Astros in '13 and thrived against left-handed pitching. Since joining the Rockies, Barnes' numbers against lefties have dipped as he tried to adjust his approach to a new league. But now, as a righty in a left-leaning outfield, he can go back to concentrating on lefties.
Two power bats of significant substance, Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, are still standing in the free-agent field, not waiting for their pitch, but waiting for a pitch -- a salary and situation that suits them best for 2016 and beyond.
For the first time since 2004, Major League Baseball will be played in Mexico City.
This is some serious game of chicken the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Davis are playing. Lines have been drawn, and the longer this drags on, the more it feels as much like a war of wills as a negotiation.
Miguel Cabrera is enjoying a healthy offseason for the first time in at least three years, which is giving him the chance to work out rather than rehab. It's also giving him a chance to work with some pretty good athletes -- even some from other sports.
Considering that Red Sox left-hander Brian Johnson missed the final two months of 2015 with elbow woes, the health update he provided heading into Spring Training was an encouraging one.
After all the expectations of last season fell flat, San Diego is back in the more customary role of sleeper. With one move -- filling the void at shortstop -- the Padres could surprise the big spenders in the National League West and crash the party, or at least make their presence felt.
The Nationals agreed to terms on a deal with catcher Wilson Ramos on Wednesday afternoon, avoiding arbitration. Ramos is expected to make a reported $5.35 million, according to ESPN.
Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell, a former Olympian and longtime member of that country's national team, has left the island and is seeking a deal with a Major League club.
In Ben Revere, the Nationals added a player who has been roughly average overall but pretty extreme in a more micro sense. With the Phillies and Blue Jays last year, Revere's 98 weighted runs created-plus (wRC+) fell just below the league average of 100, while his 1.9 wins above replacement (WAR) ranked 120th out of 211 hitters with at least 400 plate appearances.
Way back and gone on repeat.