Here are a few notable links around the AL Central and Detroit.
- Royals Authority discusses Riske’s consistency as a pitcher. Royals management has used consistency to explain the pick up and Royals Authority backs them up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is good.
- Twins sign Randy Choate to a minor league contract. Don’t allow the minor league contract to fool you, Randy will show up to the Twins spring training with a real shot at the bullpen. He is not new to the big leagues; you can view his majors stats over at Baseball Reference.
- Royals sign Jimmy Gobble to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. The deal, currently believed to be worth $712,500, isn’t a surprising one. Gobble’s last full year was in 2006 and he really was their strongest pitcher out of the bullpen.
- Justin Verlander’s Sports Illustrated Cover is one of the top 22 of the year.
- Mark Mulder signs again with the St. Louis Cardinals. This might not look AL related but Cleveland was on the short list to get Mulder up to the very end. While he is coming off of rotator cuff surgery, I’m glad to see him stay away from the AL Central.
- Detroit News lines up the top 5 AL Central offensive players to fear. Nothing surprising to me except David DeJesus. Maybe he felt necessary to include a Royals player and if so I would have gone with Mark Teahan.
We are certainly starting to get closer to the start of the Baseball season. Did anyone catch the first Inside TigerTown? I was unable to listen to it last evening and it wasn’t due to it being on 1270.