Rangers draft Russell Wilson
On Thursday, the Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Wilson is a former second baseman in the Colorado Rockies system, but may be reluctant to pick up a second sport given the level of success he's achieved as an NFL signal-caller. Should Wilson attempt to play baseball?
Yankees reject Phillips deal
The Yankees have been busy this offseason (which is the kind of thing that happens in the Bronx when they miss the playoffs), but they've finally found a deal they don't like. They've rejected a straight-up trade of outfielder Brett Gardner for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, reportedly citing Phillips' declining numbers at second. They might be right to be concerned -- though Phillips' power numbers are freakishly consistent (he's hit exactly 18 home runs in four straight seasons), his OPS plummeted to .706 in 2013. That's a worrisome sign for a 32-year-old second baseman, but could he have rejuvenated himself in Yankee Stadium, with its short porch and hitter-friendly reputation?
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Not long after the idea gained some real traction, it appears Major League Baseball is following through: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the league will ban home plate collisions no later than by 2015, and as early as this coming season. That means no blocking the plate by catchers, no targeting catchers by runners and disciplinary action for anyone who violates these new rules. What do you think?
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