Sunday, January 31, 2010

Roberson scores lone run in clincher

Chris Roberson tripled and scored the only run in the deciding game of the Mexican championship for Hermosillo and will play for the squad in the Caribbean Series which starts Tuesday in Venezuela.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yankees acquire Golson

After trading off Melky Cabrera and top prospect Austin Jackson this off season, the Yankees have acquired Greg Golson from the Texas Rangers, and will bring him to major league camp to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster. With Xavier Nady signing with the Cubs, and Johnny Damon apparently too expensive, Golson will have a good opportunity to earn a spot with the World Series champions. Here on the Jersey shore, the Yankees games are all televised locally, and if he does not make the team, he will be assigned to Scranton. Golson played parts of 2 seasons (05 & 06) for the BlueClaws.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Phillies take care of business

The Phillies have signed all their arbitration eligible players, completing the task by signing Carlos Ruiz to a 3-year, $8.8 million deal, with a club option for the 4th year. Ruiz, a native of Panama and an original BlueClaw, turned 31 this week.

With the trading of both Lou Marson and Travis d'Arnaud in the last 6 months, it appears the Phillies will rely on Ruiz for the foreseeable future. Speaking of Marson, the Cleveland Indians have said they will give Lou a shot at the full time position in Cleveland and they expect him to win the job. The top prospect in the Indians' system is catcher Carlos Santana. Santana is recovering from hand surgery and is scheduled to start the season at AAA Columbus. This will allow Lou to show what he can do at the major league level, much like the opportunity Jason Jaramillo got when Ryan Doumit was injured for Pittsburgh last year. Jaramillo was the Pirates regular catcher for 2 months and got 206 at bats in 63 games for the Pirates, posting a .252 batting average in his rookie year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bourn avoids arbitration

Michael Bourn has avoided an arbitration hearing, resigning with Houston for this season for 2.4 million. Mike hit .285 and led the National League with 61 stolen bases in 2009!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy 2010 everyone!!

Some interesting comings and goings since I last posted, but with the season quickly closing in on us, here are some notes about our boys you may have missed.

The Phillies have released Luis Arzeno, Rob Roth, Dan Brauer, Esmelvin Jimenez, Brendan Akashian, Vladimir de los Santos and T.J. Warren.

Fidel Hernandez, Alex Concepcion, and Mike Spidale have been resigned for this year.

Taylor Buchholz, who missed all of 2009, has been resigned by the Rockies for $1.05 million for this year.

Mike Taylor and Adrian Cardenas have been invited to major league camp by the Athletics, joining Josh Outman .

Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson and Jason Donald are on the Indians 40-man roster.

Kyle Drabek, Travis d'Arnaud, and Jesus Merchan have been invited to camp by the Blue Jays, joining Randy Ruiz there.

Alfredo Simon will try a comeback with Baltimore, Robinson Tejeda will vie for a spot in the Royal's rotation, and Matt Maloney will be given a chance for a spot in Cincinnati.

Jason Jaramillo will return to Pittsburgh, Gavin Floyd will be in the ChiSox rotation, and Michael Bourn is still with Houston ( so is Brett Myers!)

As the hot stove heats up, I will try to stay on top of things.

One more note, best wishes to Quintin Berry, who will be married this month!! Good luck, Q!!