– John Danks, Bobby Jenks, Carlos Quentin and Tony Pena filed for arbitration. Scot Gregor’s take.
– Jeff F. Marquez is focused on returning to form.
– The Pirates signed D.J. Carrasco and are close to signing Octavio Dotel.
– Matt Thornton will answer questions in Scott Merkin’s next mailbag. Submit yours using the form on the middle of the page.
– Jim looks at the Sox ticket prices for Spring Training and compares them to the other baseball teams that have Spring Training in Arizona. He also looks at the 15 players that the Sox invited for Spring Training.
– Happy 39th birthday to Don Cooper.
– Fangraphs looks at the remaining 1B/DH players.
Dayan Viciedo is improving:
Viciedo’s numbers still aren’t impressive on the whole, but he’s making every necessary improvement right now. Last month, it was all about the quality of his contact. This time around, it’s his walks and strikeouts. Check it out:
* April: 2 BB, 19 K
* May: 3 BB, 23 K
* June: 9 BB, 11 K
He also topped .400 in slugging for the first time in a month (.426), along with his career high in OBP (.342). He’s still committing plenty of errors, but the Sox paid him to hit, and he’s following the correct curve right now.
BTW, Jhonny Nunez was promoted to Charlotte.