Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Notes

  • John Dreker of Pirate Prospects reports that "according to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week." He lost much of last season to injuries, but is throwing 94 in winter league play and putting up some nice numbers. The righty is 34, and has a 104-90/4.31 line in 13 big league seasons, mostly as a starter.
  • Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News announced that "The Mets added a veteran backup shortstop Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal with Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno is slated to earn about $1.2 million plus incentives next season as insurance for Jose Reyes’ replacement, Ruben Tejada." The SS's option, refused by the Bucs, was for $3M. The Mets are team number #4 for RC; maybe they can find the right button. It was no secret that his inconsistency drove Clint Hurdle nuts last season.
  • Of the Buccos who chose free agency, only Ryan Doumit and Cedeno have inked deals so far. Jen Langosh of wrote that "The club has expressed interest in going after Derrek Lee, though the first baseman doesn’t seem to have reciprocated that interest. The Pirates might consider re-signing Maholm, though I don’t envision them offering significant guaranteed money." Lee is waiting for Prince Fielder to sign while Maholm is looking for a multi-year deal, and the Pirates appear ready to move on without them.

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