How bad are the Astros? They are so bad the rest of the AL West is licking its chops. So bad the Oakland A's are in first place because of them. So bad I couldn't even write a full column about them. So keep reading beyond the first item and we'll get to Mother Nature, Terry Francona's seniority in Cleveland, Felix Hernandez and, yes, more Dodgers-Padres brawl fallout.
Javier Vazquez didn't pitch in the big leagues last season but is pitching in Puerto Rico this winter and plans on pitching in the World Baseball Classic. The Nationals, Red Sox, Rays, Royals and Blue Jays are interested in the 36-year-old right-hander.