Posted on: February 16, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: February 16, 2011 10:03 am
* Happy Albertageddon Day! The deadline for Pujols to sign an extension or report to spring training with extension talks tabled for the year is noon today. Sources tell CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller there's not much chance this thing gets done. The Cardinals may or may not have made Pujols an eight-year offer, depending on who you believe.
* There are only three arbitration-eligible players left: Jose Bautista, Rickie Weeks and Hunter Pence. The Twins and Delmon Young have settled on a one-year, $5.375 million deal, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. That was a little below the midpoint between the two sides' arbitration filings. Bautista and Weeks have been reported as being in serious talks about multi-year deals, with Bautista's arbitration hearing having been delayed.
* The Nationals have designated for assignment right-hander Luis Atilano, who started 16 games for them last season. They needed roster room after Adam LaRoche's contract was finally made official.
* Frank McCourt tells the Los Angeles Times that fans shouldn't worry about his financial troubles. So feel free to let that go and worry about other things. Like the bullpen.
* Also in the Times, the story of how Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal helped get his Dominican hometown its first firetruck.
* Jeff Wilpon tells reporters that selling controlling interest in the Mets is "not on the table."
* Right-hander John Maine still doesn't have a job, but could end up in Philly.
* A Mets beat writer pretty much cheated in fulfilling a promise to cover spring training in a Speedo if Cliff Lee ended up in Philadelphia.
-- David Andriesen
Posted on: August 17, 2010 4:13 pm
Last night three drafted players were signed to major-league contracts, so today it's come time for those teams -- the Nationals, Reds and Cardinals -- to make room for their new players on the 40-man roster.
Two of those teams, the Nationals and Cardinals, moved players from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The Nationals moved right-handed pitcher Luis Atilano from one DL to the other to make room for Bryce Harper, while the Cardinals moved right-hander Adam Ottavino to the 60-day DL.
To make room for Yasmani Grandal, the Reds designated for assignment right-hander Micah Owings. Owings, 27, is already pitching at Triple-A Louisville. With a glut of starters, the Reds moved Owings to the bullpen this season, with him going 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 games. He is also arbitration-eligible after the season.
Owings is actually better-known for his bat than his arm. In 198 big league plate appearances, Owings has a slash line of .293/.323/.538 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Any team that claims him on waivers could toy with the idea of turning him into a first baseman or designated hitter, he certainly has enough pop in his bat to do that. This season he was 3 for 14 with a homer.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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