Here are three things we’re watching in the baseball world today…
1. End of 2023:
2023 is winding down, with today being the last weekday of the year. The past 12 months saw Japan win the World Baseball Classic and the Rangers win the World Series. Various rule changes were introduced, with a pitch clock, larger bases and limitations on defensive shifts. Along the way, Ronald Acuna Jr. became the first 40/70 player, Adam Wainwright got his 200th win and each of Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel notched their 400th save. The offseason has seen the Dodgers give record-setting deals to Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. What surprising and amazing feats does 2024 have in store?
2. Pirates need a roster spot:
The Pirates have a full 40-man roster and have yet to make their agreement with lefty Martín Pérez official. That means they will need to open a spot for him somehow, which could lead to a trade or perhaps someone simply being designated for assignment.
3. What will the Red Sox do?
The Red Sox have mostly made modest moves so far this offseason, such as flipping out Alex Verdugo and bringing in Tyler O’Neill. But they’ve also been connected to notable free agents like Ohtani, Yamamoto, Teoscar Hernández, Jordan Montgomery, Blake Snell and many more. Will any of this interest come to fruition in the coming months?