Teams were adding all sorts of small bits and pieces today; I thought I’d round them up in a single post.
The Nats re-signed Robert Fick, who will turn 33 in March. Fick catches and plays first, plus maybe some outfield in a pinch. It’s been a while since he hit for any power.
The Royals added some pitching depth in Zach Day, who’s 28. He’s coming back from rotator cuff surgery, and hasn’t been a factor since 2004. They also re-signed Brandon Duckworth, a 31 year-old AAAA type guy. He had a 2.42 ERA in 74 Triple A innings this year. Finally, KC signed reliever David Riske, who turned 30 this year. Riske’s posted some solid ERAs but it seems like a house of cards given his declining strikeout rate. Riske would probably get the ball in the ninth if Octavio Dotel gets hurt.
I’ve received many emails about the Braves signing Chris Woodward. Why, I’m not sure. Usually I ignore signings of this stature. 30 year-old backup infielder who can’t hit. I would think Martin Prado and Willy Aybar are still the frontrunners for the second base gig in Atlanta.