Good morning. After yesterday's unbelievably cold (it was 48 with a strong wind in the morning) day, here's hoping it warms up a little. It's supposed to be a high of 60 this afternoon, when I'll head to Dunedin for the last game of my trip.
Yesterday's news centered around two things: Tyler Austin's health, and the completion of the Vernon Wells trade. You can read about all of those things in the notebook
I wrote for today's edition of The Trentonian.
If you don't, the summary is this: Austin is feeling fine. He took batting practice on three different fields yesterday afternoon and said that he would be fine if he were inserted into today's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Sounds like he'll be ready for Opening Day, when, by the way, it will be in the 30s for the Thunder-Sea Dogs tilt at Hadlock Field.
As for the Wells trade, we finally found out the cost (besides roughly $14 million) of the deal: Outfielder Exicardo Cayones and lefty Kramer Sneed, and the 40-man roster spot of David Adams, who was released on Tuesday.
That last transaction caused the biggest stir around the Internet. Adams is fine prospect who can hit the ball into the gaps all day long. Problem is, he just can't stay healthy. He's played just 154 games since 2010.
Additionally, if you're going to look at him as a third baseman going forth, you're going to want more power. He's hit just 23 homers during his career, including a career-best eight last year with Trenton. Doubles power is fine as a second baseman, but not so much as a third baseman unless you play absolutely outstanding defense.
Moreover, because Adams was released rather than DFAed, he doesn't have to go through the waiver process. That's a signal, perhaps, that the Yankees might be willing to keep him if he were inclined to re-sign on a minor league deal.
It looks like Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova will work in minor league games today at the complex, which makes me pretty happy to be going on the road to Dunedin, although the mix of pitching I'll see should be pretty interesting, considering there are A-ball starters who need to get their work in, too. How that shakes out depends on how many innings Hughes and Nova are scheduled for.