While nearly 100 free agents remain available, it's probably too late for any team to transform its team or winter with what's left. So it's time to assess the winters of the 30 teams -- or at least the top 10 of them.
Here they are, the 10 best performances from last year's World Series till now ...
1. Mariners. They added a co-ace,
2. Red Sox. Boston is the other team to add an ace without subtracting one, as
4. Orioles. Quietly, the Orioles have taken significant steps to improve their team, though not enough to threaten in the impossible AL East. Regardless, improvement will be seen, thanks to the importing of
5. Diamondbacks. While they took some hits for devising the three-way blockbuster that sent hard-throwing
7. Rangers. Switching out solid vet Millwood for talented but injury-prone
8. Brewers. For all the second-guessing over the near $30-million, three-year contract
9. Cardinals. There's been a lot of criticism of the $120-million, seven-year deal handed to
10. Nationals. They're not going to contend right away, but kudos them for bringing in veteran catcher
• The Dodgers, Angels and Mets all appear to be in the bidding for Pineiro, the top starting pitcher available. The Dodgers are in frequent contact with the 1--year veteran but a Dodgers person said they will need to be "creative'' to bridge the gap. Meanwhile, the Mets are said to "need to hurry'' to win the pitcher, a clue a deal could happen in coming days.
• The Dodgers' fallback positions are
• The Marlins did right by
• Everyone still expects
• Giants people are hurt LaRoche turned them down to take a much lower offer of $6 million guaranteed (including $4.5 mil for 2010) from the D'backs. Word is, San Francisco offered $17 million for two years, and it remains a mystery to them why LaRoche chose Arizona. The Giants wound up with
• Prospective Rangers buyer