Sunday, February 19, 2012

Around the AL Central: Spring Training Begins as Players Trickle In

Finally, the last Sunday off Indians offseason is upon us. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Spring Training tomorrow morning for physicals and Tuesday is the first workout.  Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) on Twitter he has already spotted Chris Perez, Josh Tomlin, Grady Sizemore, Jack Hannahan, Ryan Spilborghs, Frank Herrmann, Nick Hagadone, Corey Kluber, Dan Wheeler, Kevin Slowey, Russ Canzler Joe Smith, and Chris Ray. He also reports that their will be 61 players in camp(62 if Garland signs) and 2 lockers have already been doubled up for four players to share.
  • Paul Cousineau at the DiaTribe presents a look at all the questions surrounding the Indians that will need to be answered in the Arizona sun.
  • Lew Pollis at WahoosOnFirst presents the Weekly Wroundtable and the discussion centers on what to look for at Spring Training for the Indians.
  • Tony Lastoria at IndiansProspectInsider looks at the Indians acquisition of Jon Garland, discusses Jeanmar Gomez opportunity to win the 5th starters job, and the decision to DFA Kelvin DeLa Cruz.
  • Jordan Bastian of reports that Jon Garland and the Indians have not reached agreement yet and his status with the Indians is still up in the air.
  • Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune profiles Joe Mauer in his quest to overcome all of the injuries that he labored through in 2011.
  • Nate Gilmore at Puckett's Pond looks at 5 things the Twins fans can look forward to this spring.
  • John Verburg at MCB Motor City Bengals looks far past spring training and into the mid-summer trade deadline and suggests the Tigers may be a busy team.
  • Tom Gage at the Detroit News reports that Miguel Cabrera has arrived in camp early and is in tremendous shape (picture included).
  • Royals Review asks the question: Are the Royals better than the Twins?"
  • Southside Sox takes a look at the White Sox PECOTA projections. (Wonder what the hell PECOTA is? Click Here).
Finally, here is a look at the reporting dates around the AL Central:
  • Minnesota Twins - February 18, 2012 - Fort Meyers, Florida - Position Players - February 23, 2012
  • Detroit Tigers - February 19, 2012 - Lakeland, Florida - Position Players - February  23, 2012
  • Kansas City Royals - February 20, 2012 - Surprise, Arizona - Position Players - February  24, 2012
  • Cleveland Indians - February 20, 2012 - Goodyear, Arizona - Position Players -  February  23, 2012
  • Chicago White Sox - February 22, 2012 - Glendale, Arizona - Position Players - February 27, 2012

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