Friday, January 15, 2010

Extra Base Hit: Around the majors

With Spring Training only weeks away, General Managers are making last minute decisions to their teams for the 2010 season.  The arbitration season is also upon us and over 100 players will be looking for a raise while the GM's look to keep the players at a price that best fits the budget.  Always interesting to see the figures that are eventually exchanged.  Here is some of the other news from around the majors:

The Blue Jays continue to talk trade and according to reports have talked to 3 teams recently about player movement, stay tuned Jays fans, the roster doesn't seem finalized yet.

The knee surgery Mets Carlos Beltran underwent has come with some controversy, this story in the NY Post explains why?

Looks as if the Rockies Canadian P Jeff Francis is ready for the 2010 season, its been a struggle the last 2 seasons, can he return after major shoulder surgery?

Great article on Manny Ramirez; Manager Joe Torre's thoughts

Just when the Marlins said that Josh Johnson wouldn't get an extension, the union stepped in, and he got a 4-year / $39M deal

Tigers signed Jose Valverde to be their closer; Astros will receive another first round pick now as compensation for the signing

The Tigers are looking to sign Johnny Damon

The Marlins are hoping to sign 2B Dan Uggla after months of trying to trade him

P Ben Sheets, out all of last season, has been working out in front of scouts for as many as 12 teams the last couple of days, the Cubs really want him as do the Jays and Mariners according to reports.

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