I am writing as the Cubs and Marlins prepare to open a three-game series here in Miami… Ozzie Guillen, he of the multiple footspace mouth, aims to start earning the respect of Little Havana and the thousands of Cubans who are more than irked at Guillen’s callous and thoughtless statement about Fidel Castro. I’ll be honest – I’d rather be at the park tonight…
By the way, Kerry Wood is not here, though. He’s taking care of a sore right shoulder by getting a cortisone shot. [ESPN]
A lot of press about Bobby Valentine lately – and with good reason. In the middle of saying something positive about Kevin Youkilis, Valentine let side a note that Youk didn’t seem “…as physically or emotionally into the game as he had been in the past.” That led Youk to wonder what, exactly, he had done to deserve it and for his teammate, Dustin Pedroia, to call out Valentine for making that comment in the first place. You have to love when Pedroia pulled out a comment about how Valentine was successful in Japan – certainly a pointed comment. It also didn’t help that Valentine left Daniel Bard in Monday night’s game too long, enough to walk in the lone run in a 1 – 0 loss to the Rays on Patriot Day.
I’ll be honest – I’m not a huge Valentine fan, or for that matter a fan of most of the more “too happy to tell you his opinion” managers, because it’s too easy to say something stupid. The more you say about people, the more likely you will say something – even unintentionally – that doesn’t sit well with someone else. (I run that risk as a writer.) The Red Sox needed to focus on winning; now the press can start sharpening their pencils and wit on other things.
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Back to real baseball stuff…
Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubel Cabrera is on the bereavement list as he has headed home to Venezuela following a death in the family. Pitcher Nick Hagadone joins the Indians in the meantime. [ESPN]
Some good news… The San Francisco Giants wrapped up starter Madison Bumgarner to a six-year deal worth at least $35 million, with opportunities to make a few more dollars based on two potential option years and bonuses if he makes a run at a Cy Young award. I like the deal – I like any deal that keeps a homegrown talent around for a while. Bumgarner has shown good command and surprisingly solid maturity in his first seasons with the Giants. [FoxSports]
Reds utility infielder Miguel Cairo heads to the 15-Day DL with a strained left hamstring. Joining Cincinnati will be infielder Todd Frazier. Frazier isn’t a bad option – a little power, a good eye, a bit of speed, but a bit of a free swinger. He can help out at three positions. [MLB]
The Brewers activated shortstop Alex Gonzalez. He can still play – but his bat is starting to slow down.
Colorado swapped AAA pitcher Edgmer Escalona for Tyler Chatwood. And I just got Chatwood’s 2011 Topps Update card… Bummer! Chatwood was a starter for the Angels last year, but doesn’t have much of a strike out pitch and his control had been suspect. Moving to Colorado, Chatwood looked to have a shot at a rotation spot, but hasn’t made it and didn’t look great in relief. Escalona has had a good run through the minors and has looked good in two short stints with the Rockies since 2010.
Tampa Bay recalled Brandon Gomes from AAA Durham, and dispatched Alex Cobb back to the minors. Gomes is another of those great young arms in the Rays system, just killing it in the minors. He has future closer stuff.
Baltimore designated infielder Josh Bell for assignment – he could be claimed by any other team, or could accept a AAA assignment. The Orioles just claimed a player themselves, catcher Luis Exposito.
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