In some of the Dan Haren/Ervin Santana threads some Angels fans have said that they hope that L.A. doesn’t re-sign Zack Greinke. Guess what: the Angels aren’t listening to you, as Danny Knobler reports:
The Angels’ top offseason priority is finding a way to re-sign Greinke (“huge priority,” one Angels person said).
Greinke was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 89 and a third innings for the Angels after being shipped west from Milwaukee. He made $13.5 million in 2012 and he’s easily the top free agent pitcher on the market this winter, so the Angels are going to have some serious competition and are going to have to pay some serious coin to lock him up.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: