Archive for the ‘Minnesota Twins’ Category

Francisco Liriano Progressing in Throwing Program

February 21, 2011

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN Liriano is ready to get back to regular throwing program. He had been doing a long-toss regiment the last two days. He is scheduled to move to bullpen next.!/jaysonst/status/39782324363210752

Wednesday February 16, 2011 Day in Review

February 16, 2011

Rickie Weeks and Brewers Reach 5-Year $50 Million Deal

Delmon Young Avoids Salary Arbitration with Twins

Placido Polanco Feels Big Difference in Surgically Repaired Elbow

Mets Owner Says He Won’t Sell Controlling Interest in Team

Scott Podsednik Signs Minor League Deal with Blue Jays

Orlando Cabrera Finalizes Deal with Indians

Nationals Say Bryce Harper won’t Play in Majors in 2011


Afternoon Update for 2/10/11

February 10, 2011

Josh Hamilton Signs Two-Year Deal with Rangers, Avoids Arbitration

I think this is a very good move for the Rangers locking up Hamilton for the next 2-years for a very reasonable $12 million per season.

Are Twins Willing to trade Francisco Liriano to Yankees?

Mariners Unlikely for Destination for Michael Young.!/jonmorosi/status/35743135665631232

Young and the Rangers seem destined for an unhappy marriage in 2011 as more and more teams fall off the list of possible trade destinations.

Jered Weaver Loses Salary Arbitration Hearing to Angels

I was wrong on this one. I really thought Weaver had posted numbers that would convince the arbiter his $8.8 million request was justified.

Orlando Cabrera to Sign with Indians!/SI_JonHeyman/status/35776047739834368

Stephen Strasburg Begins Throwing

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Day in Review

February 9, 2011

John Heyman Tweets there is virtually no chance of Albert Pujols reaching a deal with the Cardinals by the reported deadline of February 16th.!/SI_JonHeyman/status/3

Wednesday Michael Young Notes

Yankees Reportedly Not Interested in Young!/Buster_ESPN/st

Phillies Reportedly Not Interested in Young

Justin Morneau Begins Hitting and Fielding Drills is reporting Joba Chamberlain will start 2011 in the Yankees bullpen.

Sergio Mitre will likely be the fifth starter on the Yankees depth chart going into Spring Training. It is safe to say Mitre will little margin for error in the starting rotation. If he falters early the Chamberlain to the starting rotation rumors are sure to start.

Ross Ohlendorf Wins Salary Arbitration Hearing Against Pirates

Tuesday Afternoon Update

February 8, 2011

Carlos Santana Cleared to Resume Full Batting Drills

Grady Sizemore Hoping to See Game Action by Mid-March!/Buster_ESPN/status/35012743891263489

Joe Nathan Ahead of Schedule with Rehab

Jake Peavy Rehab Status Going into 2011 Spring Training

Brewers Hope to Avoid Arbitration Hearing with Shaun Marcum

Will J.D. Drew Play Beyond 2011?

Tuesday Afternoon Michael Young Update

February 8, 2011

T.R Sullivan Analyzes the 8 Teams on Michael Young’s Approved Trade List

Tigers out?!/jonmorosi/status/35015297597444096

Twins out?

Astros Probably Out on Young


Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Day in Review

January 25, 2011

Derek Jeter to the Outfield in the Future?

Cubs to sign Todd Wellemeyer

Potential Buyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Tigers may Offer Bonderman Minor league Deal

Rays to Invite Tim Beckham to Spring Training

Mike Napoli Traded to Rangers for Frank Francisco

Milton Bradley will be Given Chance to Compete for Starting Job

Orioles Interested in Vladimir Guerrero?

Kevin Slowey Avoids Arbitration with Minnesota Twins

Orioles Interested in Justin Duchscherer?

Red Sox Explored Trade for Jose Bautista.

Astros Wandy Rodriguez to Contract Extension

Carl Pavano to Decide on Team Soon?

December 25, 2010

Bill Ladson of reports that the Nationals are still in the running to sign Carl Pavano.

He anticipates Pavano signing with a team shortly after the holiday season.

Pavano has been linked to the Nationals and Twins. He had been linked with the Brewers before they acquired Zack Greinke.

Pavano is coming off a successful season in 2010 with 17 wins and a 3.75 ERA for the American League Central winning Twins.

Pavano is rumored to looking for a deal in the 3 year $30 million range.

The Risk of Signing Carl Pavano to a Multi Year Deal

December 21, 2010
The signing of Cliff Lee last week leaves Carl Pavano as arguably the most sought after free agent pitcher left this offseason. Apologies to the rumored to retire Andy Pettitte since it would be a shocker for Pettitte to sign with any team other than the Yankees. 

Speaking of the Yankees, ask any Yankee fan and they can tell you the risk of signing Pavano to a multi-year deal. His four year 39.95 million dollar deal signed with the Yankees before the 2005 season can be characterized in one word. Disastrous!

In Pavano’s four injury-riddled seasons with the Yankees he logged only 145 2/3 innings while posting an ERA just over 5.00. Just mention the rumored asking price of 3 years 30 million to any Yankee fan and you are sure to get a priceless reaction.

The laundry list of Pavano past injuries includes his right shoulder, bruised buttocks, elbow strain and two broken ribs from an automobile accident he failed to report to the Yankees until 13 days after it happened in August of 2006.

Sure Pavano posted tantalizing numbers in 2010 with 17 Wins, a 3.75 ERA and 1.195 WHIP. But consider that Pavano pitched 221 innings in 2010. It was only his second season of 125+ innings since 2004 when he was 28. Pavano will be 35 in 2011 with a lot more mileage on his oft injured body.

Every baseball fan knows the value of good pitching but the prospect of paying Pavano 30 million over 3 years seems too risky.

If Pavano can come close to duplicating his 2010 production over the next 3 years 30 million will be a bargain. But with his past history 30 million over 3 years seems like an enormous risk to the team that decides to sign him.

Nationals Interested in Carl Pavano?

December 20, 2010

Bill Ladson of is reporting representatives for Pavano had discussions with the Nationals on Sunday.

Pavano is arguably the most sought after free agent starting pitcher still available.

He is rumored to be asking for a deal in the 3 year 30 million dollar range.

He is coming off back to back effective seasons. He helped the Twins win the American League Central Division with 17 wins and a 3.75 ERA last season.

His past history of injuries definitely adds an element of risk to the team he ultimately signs with.