RHP Derek Lowe signed with the Braves for $60 million dollars over four years, but lost John Smoltz to the Red Sox. Advantage: Braves.
Japanese pitching star Kenshin Kawakami signed a three year deal. The 33 year old righty went 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA last season with the Chunichi Dragons. He struck out 112 batters in 117 innings. You can check out all of his stats here. I don't know anything more about this player, but a quick Google search yielded this picture, which I'm pretty sure showed Kawakami sporting a mullet. That can't be good for the Phils, because the mullet adds at least 4 MPH to a fastball.
The Braves also added righty starter Javier Vazquez and lefty reliever Boone Logan to the pitching staff in a trade with the White Sox. The Braves gave up a bunch of minor league players. My first thought was, "Crap. Another lefty to get Utley and Howard." But then I looked at the numbers. Logan has a career 1.46 WHIP and .272 average versus lefties. So we'll see...
The Marlins won the World Series in 1997. Six year later, in 2003, they were crowned as champions of baseball again. Six years later, are the Marlins thinking World Series?
"Every six years, so we’re due," said RHP Chris Volstad. "I think we have the talent to do it."
Chris Volstad is frequently high.
New York Mets
Freddy Garcia signed a one year, minor league contract with the Mets. I don't have details on any of the numbers, and as much as I like to rip on the Mets, this is probably a pretty good signing. If he goes into Spring Training and blows, it's not a big deal because it's only a minor league deal. Or he could actually help the back end of the Mets rotation (which is pretty suspect at this point). Low risk, potentially high reward signing.
Former Gnats starter and Phillies-killer Tim Redding signed with the Muts for one year and $2.25 million. He had a modest 4.95 ERA last season, but won three games against the Phillies. Obviously this is a move directly aimed at beating the Phils.
They recently failed in their attempt to sign Mark Teixeira...or any other player of significant impact.
Lastings Milledge went out dancing.