The Cubs officially announced the signings of Ian Stewart and Chang-Yong Lim Monday. Lim has a minor league deal and a good shot to make the bullpen is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Stewart is perhaps the worst of the Cubs’ bad options for the opening at third base.

Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey agreed to a 2-year, $25M extension with the Blue Jays, allowing them to complete their trade with the Mets. After picking up most of the Marlins notable players and now Dickey, Toronto might once again pose a threat in the AL East, especially as the Yankees get older and more broken-down and the Red Sox seem unable or unwilling to get better. Are you ready for a Blue Jays-Orioles-Rays pennant race? Also, the similarities in their deals forces me to ask, would you rather have Ryan Dempster or Dickey for the next two years?

Former Cub Carlos Pena signed a 1-year deal with the Astros. Pena seems like an obvious choice to be the Astros’ DH in their first AL season, but the article indicates he may see time in the field, too.

Testing is underway on a new, padded cap–not a helmet, but a cap–for pitchers. Certainly a more fashionable option that this.

Apparently the Tigers are really jazzed about re-signing Anibal Sanchez. After his little negotiation tango with the Cubs, I hope he’s plagued by hamstring issues and dwindling velocity for the duration of his new deal.

Former Atlanta slugger Andruw Jones has singed on for a guest starring role on Matt Murton and Bryan LaHair’s Japanese sitcom to play baseball in Japan.

On Monday night, the Jets were eliminated from the playoffs in a 14-10 loss to the Titans. You can see the highlights here–it’s worth clicking at least to see Chris Johnson’s 94-yard TD run.

The next time someone tells you the United States needs to mimic the tolerance of European society, go ahead and laugh in his face.

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