Two Minor Signings of Significance
A couple of relatively minor moves so far today, though they could have a bigger impact on the other teams who didn't sign the players.
The first, and larger, signing came out in San Francisco, where Rich Aurilia reportedly agreed to a minor league deal to return to the Giants, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Both the Cubs and Phillies were chasing Aurilia as a right-handed bat off the bench, but there's a better chance for playing time in San Francisco's infield than in Philadelphia or Chicago. The re-acquisition of Aurilia could also be a barometer for free agent third baseman Joe Crede. The Giants were one of the hot chasers for Crede, but they've covered their bases with Aurilia and Juan Uribe, which might be enough to make them feel safe.
The other deal worth noting came from the AL Champions, with Tampa Bay inking former Astro Morgan Ensberg, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. He primarily serve as a backup for both third baseman Evan Longoria and first baseman Carlos Pena, though he could also see some time in left field and, in a pinch, at second base.
And don't worry, we did notice the Andruw Jones signing with the Rangers last night. We'll weigh in on that sometime a little later.
Posted by: adampschroeder | February 9, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse
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