Posted on: February 5, 2010 12:22 pm

Bonderman making progress

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is confident about Jeremy Bonderman being his club’s fourth starter.
Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer are set to start ahead of Bonderman. The fifth spot is up for grabs among Eddie Bonine, Armando Galarraga, Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis.

Posted on: February 5, 2010 12:18 pm

Mauer deal can happen if....

Can the Twins keep Joe Mauer on the roster? 

John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests the answer is yes, if Mauer will accept less money than he would on the open market, and take a good portion of the money on the back-end of the deal.

Brian Goldberg, Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent, pointed out that a deal for Mauer would be similar to Griffey's deal with the Reds back in 2000.

If Mauer becomes a free agent after this season, he could command as much as $30 million a season on the open market.

Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:25 am

Bedard re-signing?

On the Mariner's official blog site, Jim Street reports the club is turning its effors tto re-signing Erik Bedard.

the lefty is expected to miss the first three or four months of the regular season but could return midseason to provide some "significant" pitching help.

A new contract could be incentives-based.  Bedard has been hurt more than healthy since being acquired from the Orioles before the 2008 season.
Category: MLB
Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:14 am

Update on Adrian Gonzalez

In regards to Adrian Gonzalez, Padres GM Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune , “I’m confident that (General Manager) Jed (Hoyer) and John Boggs will have a discussion at some point about Adrian and his future. While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization for the long term, the early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.”

Moorad says keeping Gonzalez is not a matter of means, but a question of priorities. “Availability of resources is not the issue,” he said. “How we choose to deploy our resources is where the focus is.”

However, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald notes that Hoyer had a more positive spin on keeping Gonzalez.

"The team’s position with regard to Adrian has not changed at all,’’ said Hoyer in an e-mail. “We are excited to have him under contract for the next two seasons. He is a great player who fits our city, team, and payroll remarkably well. We have had, and will continue to have, dialogue with Adrian’s representatives about keeping him in San Diego longterm. It is still early in that process and attempting to draw conclusions in the middle of any negotiation is an inexact science.’’

Silverman suggests that Gonzalez would be a perfect fit -- a highly productive left-handed hitting slugger with good defensive skills in the power-challenged lineup.  Red Sox fans will be particularily interested Gonzalez's situation with many thinking the Padres will trade him by the July 31 deadline.

Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:54 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 10:57 am

Verlander deal / No deal for Lincecum

The Detroit News credits a source has confirmed Justin Verlander and the Tigers agreed to a five-year $80M deal.

There was no official confirmation of the deal but an announcement is expected as early as today.

On the Tim Lincecum front, a San Francisco Chronicle blog suggests that there will be no long-term deal with the Giants and he will head to arbitration.

Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:48 am

Marlins and Russell Branyan

From a Miami Herald blog :

The Marlins are "kicking the tires" on a number of left-handed hitters for a bench role, and Russell Branyan is one of them. But, contrary to a published report, two sources said the Marlins have NOT made an offer for the free agent first baseman.
Category: MLB
Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:40 am

Damon deal not in the works with Detroit

In response to earlier comments about the Tigers signing Johnny Damon , Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News, "We're not close to making any kind of deals at this point."

The same report also says that Damon's agent, Scott Boras,and Dombrowski have not yet discussed the 36-year-old outfielder's interest in the Tigers.

The door is not closed though.   Dombrowski added he "has an opened mind."
Category: MLB
Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:19 am

Phillies, others, looking at Lowry

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed the Phillies plan to watch Noah Lowry when he auditions for scouts in Arizona. Amaro characterized the team's interest as "moderate" with the Astros, Mets, Rangers and Red Sox also reportedly interested.

Lowry hasn't pitched since 2007 because of a series of arm injuries. Lowry's agent, Damon Lapa, said that although Lowry has not had a setback, they've decided to give the lefty  a little more time in the bullpen before being evaluated.

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