New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, preparing to drive to Florida for spring training earlier this month, joked with fans through Twitter messages about the sorry state of his baseball team’s finances.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ record 12 picks in the first two rounds of the Major League Baseball draft may cost around $10 million in signing bonuses, almost a quarter of the payroll of the franchise’s big-league team.
The Kansas City Royals acquired right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for four prospects, including outfielder Wil Myers, who was voted the minor league player of the year by Baseball America and USA Today.
The Atlanta Braves acquired All-Star outfielder Justin Upton in a seven-player trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, teaming him with older brother B.J., who joined the club as a free agent two months ago.
The New York Mets sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in a seven-player swap, trading away the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner one year after parting ways with batting champion Jose Reyes.