Jerry Sands is not available for substitute teaching this spring

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If I ever knew that Jerry Sands was a substitute teacher in the offseason, I forgot it.  But this little anecdote from the L.A. Times made me laugh:

 Jerry Sands was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday by a phone call. The automated call was from the Johnston County School District in North Carolina, where the second-year outfielder worked as a substitute teacher in the off-season. He was informed there was a shift available.

“I have to call them and tell them I’m not in town,” Sands said.

I dunno. If Don Mattingly falls in love with Juan Rivera I suppose Sands may have some free time.  But I bet riding the bench is better than subbing in, say, middle school.  That has to be pure hell.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.