All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 2
The second day of 2014 brought a handful of minor moves and some pitching rumors.
The biggest pieces of hot stove news on Thursday involved off-the-field matters. First, we learned the ruling in Alex Rodriguez's appeal won't be handed down until next week at the earliest. The Yankees don't figure to make another significant move until they learn their third baseman's future.
Second, the Phillies agreed to a long-term television contract with Comcast SportsNet. The deal is reportedly worth a "massive" amount of money across 20-25 years. Once the contract takes effect in 2015, the team could ramp up its spending. They already have one of baseball's highest payrolls as it is.
There were no major transactions on Thursday. I guess MLB teams and agents are still getting back into the swing of things following the holidays. Here's a recap of the day's news:
RHP Jeff Suppan: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported the right-hander finally called it a career.
Blue Jays: The 2015 option in manager John Gibbons' contract is now guaranteed thanks to a unique clause. In order to avoid a "lame duck" situation, the option became guaranteed if he was not fired before the start of the new year. (Sportsnet.ca)
RUMORS & SPECULATION
The Mets are having fun again
Both continued their hot stretches on Monday
The Bridgeport Bluefish continue to make news any way they can
The former NFL quarterback has a baseball offer
Rookie Alex Reyes will remain in the Cardinals rotation
Right-hander hasn't won since July 19 and had been on the disabled list