Thursday's biggest piece of baseball news was the official approval of expanded replay. The owners, players' union and umpires' union have all signed off on the new system, which includes two challenges per team per game as well as a centralized review crew in MLB's New York office. No, it's not hot stove news, but it will definitely impact the game going forward.
There were no record contracts handed out on Thursday, but plenty of players signed deals to avoid arbitration or join new teams. Here's a recap of the day, including several bits of news from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.
Mets: Agreed to a one-year, $3.5M contract with 1B Ike Davis (Heyman)... agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal with OF Eric Young Jr. (New York Post) ... agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with SS Ruben Tejada. (Heyman)
Padres: Agreed to a one-year, $6.1 million deal with RHP Ian Kennedy (Heyman) ... agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal with SS Everth Cabrera (New York Post) ... agreed to a one-year, $1.98 million contract with RHP Tyson Ross. (Fox Sports)
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Yankees: Released OF Vernon Wells. They designated him for assignment a few days ago and, unsurprisingly, no team claimed him off wiavers.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Blue Jays: GM Alex Anthopoulos said the price for pitching in both trades and free agency is still too high for the club's liking. (Sportsnet.ca)