Bases Loaded

Each week this section will feature three stories from around the baseball world and a preview of the weekly story in the works. Each base will focus on a different facet of the game. First base will focus on news from college and amateur baseball, second base will feature an update from the world of minor league and independent ball and third base will feature  interesting news from any level of America’s pastime.

First Base- The Kansas Jayhawks baseball team packed health kits for its trip to the Dominican Republic in December. The team packed 1,000 kits with essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and combs for the residents of Sugar Cane Village.

Second Base- The Kansas City Royals announced the signing of four minor- leaguers Friday. The string of signings includes three pitchers and infielder Brandon Wood. The Royals have been busy this offseason signing 12 minor-leaguers and trading for Ervin Santana.

Third Base-  The Toronto Blue Jays traded for star shortstop Jose Reyes along with pitchers Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, catcher John Buck and infielder Emilio Bonifacio. The trade with the Miami Marlins, who opened up the checkbook last season after opening a new $634 million stadium, is being protested by the league. The Blue Jays also signed star outfielder Melky Cabrera to catapult themselves into the playoff conversation.

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