Posted Under: Johanna's View
While the countdown is underway until pitchers and catchers report, teams are all getting ready in very unique ways. The Tigers and Royals are doing their annual caravan, sending groups of players out to various locations to meet fans, and drum up excitement for the season.
Over the next couple of weeks, the Cubs, Royals, Blue Jays and a few other teams will bring in their top minor leaguers for small camps to help those players prepare for the pressures of professional baseball life. One example of what teams do to help the players comes through this Paul Sullivan story, about Mark Prior talking to prospects about the highs and lows of being a “top prospect.” Most teams have someone that they can bring in to speak about handling the pressures- and with each day, and the growing media coverage- that pressure gets higher.
The third thing that is happening as we speak are the arbitration negotiations. Agents and teams are preparing their cases, and for those players who hold great value to a team, the negotiations to avoid hearings are well underway. Internal discussions are going on all day on each side, with some back and forth, and as we head into the last week of January will begin to dominate headlines. Note this update from Mark Sheldon about Reds RHP Logan Ondrusek who avoided arbitration yesterday. Not exactly a headline grabber, but certainly the beginning of a trend.
Just about 25 days left before pitchers and catchers report. It is perhaps the busiest time in baseball, yet so much of it will go unreported.