Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has a lot on his plate - by Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe - We know Christian can catch. Now we just have to see how much he'll hit. Anything he brings to the offense is a bonus, though. He will wear #7 for the Red Sox this year, the number last worn by former shortstop Stephen Drew.
Rearranging the Padres, By Popular Suggestion - by Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs Baseball - I'd prefer that the Padres work out Matt Kemp and his arthritic hips at at first base, but does it make the Padres that much better? Why not replace Yonder Alonso with Kemp at first, while deploying Wil Myers in right instead with Will Venable and Cameron Maybin platooning in center field? Jeff Sullivan argues that doing so isn't markedly better than keeping Alonso at first, Kemp in right field and Wil Myers in center. It remains to be seen just how Myers handles center, and it's not like Alonso is a world-beater at first base, either. Venable and Maybin will probably see plenty of playing time as defensive replacements anyway.
Josh Donaldson Loses Arbitration Hearing - via MLB Trade Rumors - A bit surprised that Donaldson didn't win this. He filed for $5.75 million and the Jays filed for $4.3 million. It's great news for the Jays, since they potentially are going back to arbitration with Donaldson three more times. This team-side victory keeps his salary down at least for now.
MLB could alter strike zone as response to declining offense - by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports - Baseball fans know that pitching is definitely more dominant recently, and MLB under new commissioner Rob Manfred is looking to boost offense. We'll see how this story develops over the course of the season.