MLB…A Few Under the Radar Moves

So far, the off-season has seen a lot of activity. Some of it has been shocking, while some of it has been very ‘business as usual’. I wanted to touch on a few moves and signings that may have gone unnoticed.
The Cincinnati Reds have resigned Devin Mesoraco to a $28 million, four-year contract. The stat line on Mesoraco is impressive, as he led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. What makes this so interesting is that at 26 years old, the Reds have given Mesoraco the keys to the Cadillac. The Reds had other catchers (Ryan Hanigan comes to mind), but were confident enough in Mesoraco to let them move on. That is a lot of responsibility for a young catcher, but I am of the belief that he will make it, and be a solid backstop for the Reds for years to come.
The Baltimore Orioles added some outfield depth with the acquisition of 26-year old Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher and a PTBNL. The Orioles need the depth due to the offseason losses of Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.
The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers swapped pitchers, with RHP Anthony Ranaudo packing his bags for Arlington in exchange for LHP Robbie Ross. I was surprised to see the Red Sox ship off Ranaudo, as he was considered to be a regular starter in the near to very-near future. He made him MLB debut last season, and pitched reasonably well. Ross has been everything from good to bad. Perhaps a change of scenery was needed for Ross to regain his form.

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