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Closing In

A few small things have happened in the last few days as the t's are dotted and the i's are crossed heading into "spring" training. We have liftoff very shortly:

Pitchers & Catchers - Feb. 15
First Workout - Feb. 16
Position Players - Feb. 20
First full workout - Feb. 21

Here are some interesting happenings, mostly from the Globe's blog:
  • Brendan Donnelly signed with the Tribe. I thought he'd be back or retire. I was frankly worried about how a career minor leaguer would afford what is probably expensive rehab from Tommy John surgery. I guess that wasn't a reasonable concern. I liked Donnelly, though the mention in the Mitchell Report does sour my feelings about him.
  • The Sox are "close to signing" Japanese catcher Hayato Doue, 25, to a minor-league deal. Here are his international league stats: .322 with 7 HRs and 50 RBIs in 89 games. Obviously, the organization could use yet another catcher with talent int he mix.
  • They resigned outfielder Bobby Kielty. Kielty is a perfect fit for the Sox as the forth outfielder: switch hitter, plays hard, works the count, can play all 3 positions, and hit a World Series game 4 pinch-hit homer. This is also the surest sign yet that Coco will be traded, which should bring back some decent quality.
  • They resigned long reliever and spot-starter Kyle Snyder. If you can find a pitcher for less than $1 million who can start if needed - though he didn't last year - and pitch all year with an ERA under 4.00 and not complain about his roll, you sign him. Great signing.

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