Hot Stove News
Now that the World Series is over major league teams can start planning for the 2010 baseball season. There will be a lot of wheeling and dealing between now and spring training as teams position themselves to put the best possible team on the field in 2010.
Hot Stove News
Bobby Abreu who was paid $5 million last season by the Angels has signed a two year extension for $19 million with a club option for $9 million in 2012 which kicks in if he has 550 plate appearances.
The Marlins have traded Jeremy Hermida to the Red Sox for Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones….The Red Sox also outrighted Nick Green and Joey Gathright to the minors.
The White Sox have re-signed Mark Kotsay for $1.5 million for the 2010 season….Jon Garland has become a free agent after the Dodgers non-tendered his contract….The Associated Press reported two hours ago that the Braves are close to re-signing Tim Hudson.
Brad Thompson with a 21-17 record in five seasons with the Cardinals has been released and they also sent Joe Thurston to the minors….Earlier this week the Pirates traded for Akinori Iwamura of the Rays and traded Jesse Chavez in the exchange….Rich Hill has refused a minor league re-assignment by the Orioles and will be a free agent.
Veteran pitcher Doug Brocail who debuted with Padres in 1992 has been non-tendered by the Astros….Freddy Sanchez has signed a two year extension with the Giants for $12 million…The Orioles have non-tendered Melvin Mora who in 2008 hit 23 home runs and drove in 104 runs but fell to eight home runs and 48 RBI’s in 2009.
The Blue Jays have designated Michael Barrett for re-assignment. He has only played in 37 games over the last two seasons.
The transactions mentioned above took place since the World Series started last week.
Girardi Helped Car Accident Victim
After The Yankees Won World Series
Joe Girardi was driving home early Thursday morning after the Yankees had celebrated when he noticed a badly mangled truck which had hit a concrete barrier.
He raced across the highway after telling his wife to call 911. The lady in the truck was unable to get out of her car so Girardi waited till police arrived at the scene.
The same officer who was at a drunken driver checkpoint that Girardi had encountered 15 minutes earlier arrived at the scene. She had congratulated Girardi on the World Series championship.
In other news Girardi wants to wear No.28 next season in hopes of a 28th World Series championship next season but first he has to talk Shelley Duncan into giving up his number.
Tim Lincecum Could Be Fined
For Possession Of Marijuana
Tim Lincecum could have to pay a fine of $622 for possession of 3.3 grams of marijuana and speeding when he goes to court for the misdemeanor charges.
He was stopped after going 74 MPH in a 60 MPH zone and that is when the marijuana was found when he was driving near the Washington-Oregon border.
Major league baseball does not punish players for recreational drug use but he could be subject to more frequent drug testing in the future.
His $650,000 salary in 2009 should help him pay the fines with no problem.