Well that was a day....
- The list of spring training invitees is here and there are some noticeable names headed to Clearwater. Should be a fun spring training.
- Meghan Montemurro ($) gives some realistic ways that the team could get better.
MLB news (Astros-only)
- Obviously the biggest news of the day (and probably the upcoming season) is the one-year ban, and eventual dismissal, of A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow for their part in the sign stealing scandal. Here is the original story from The Athletic ($).
- Here is some insight from Baseball Prospectus ($).
- Where do the Astros go from here ($)?
- Over at ESPN, there are multiple stories: what you need to know about the entire scandal, players speaking their minds about it, plus the entire findings of MLB.
- Brace yourselves, Red Sox Nation. You’re next.
- The Ringer gives you nine takeaways from the whole shebang.
MLB news (non-Astros division)
- Ivan Nova is going to Motown and Tony Kemp is headed to the Bay Area.
- The Giants essentially bought a prospect in the form of Will Wilson with the day’s DFA’ing of Zack Cozart. Hey - might as well!
Not a whole lot going on right now. Tip of the day: go see “1917” in theaters. Incredible movie.