Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Stanton, Ethier, Gallardo

On this date five years ago, the Royals signed Hideo Nomo to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The then-39-year-old right-hander had not pitched in MLB since 2005 and missed all of 2007 with arm surgery. Nomo made the team but was released after allowing 14 baserunners and nine runs in 4 1/3 innings spread across three relief appearances. He retired later that summer. Here's the latest from around the web in 2013's first installment of BBWI.

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