Trade talks between the Phillies and Brewers regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon have “dissipated,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
It must have been a crystal, clear day like Saturday, the day Ernie Banks coined his most poetic phrase: “It’s a great day for a ball game: Let’s play two!” And so it is.
The roster was a little different, the stars a little less familiar for some. The weather was a little warmer by late January standards. The response for TigerFest was very familiar.
Alex Rodriguez reached out to Major League Baseball and incoming Commissioner Rob Manfred this week as he prepares to return to the field with the Yankees following a one-year suspension for violation of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Ichiro Suzuki has been given an opportunity to join the 3,000-hit club. The key to reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Miami is that the Marlins have indicated a willingness to work on a second year, which Suzuki will most likely need to collect a 3,000th hit.
During his 13 years playing for the Cubs, Mark Grace got to know Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, but it was the first time that he met Banks that stands out.
Here’s the latest from Detroit, where TigerFest takes place today: David Price reiterated that he would “absolutely” consider a long-term deal with the Tigers, MLive.com’s James Schmehl tweets. Price said earlier this week that he would be “all ears” regarding a possible extension. He will make $19.75MM in his last season of arbitration eligibility in 2015, then can test the free agent market next winter. GM Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers were not one of the final bidders for new Nationals signee Max Scherzer, MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweets. “If there was a mystery club involved, and I’m not sure there was, it was not us,” Dombrowski says.
Here are the day’s minor moves: The Orioles sent cash to the Braves in exchange for lefty Daniel Rodriguez. Baltimore had tried to nab Rodriguez out of Mexico several years ago, says Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com (via Twitter). The 30-year-old came to Atlanta from Saltillo before the 2012 campaign and went straight to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he has generally struggled while working as a starter. The team is likely interested in taking a look at Rodriguez out of the pen, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun tweets. The Rangers have signed righty Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal that includes a spring invite, the club announced. Ohlendorf had a quality 60 1/3 inning run with the Nationals in 2013, working to a 3.28 ERA with 6.7 K/9 against 2.1 BB/9. That earned him a $1.25MM arbitration deal, but injury derailed his entire 2014 campaign. Two former Rangers ballplayers are among the recent moves reported by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy (links to Twitter). The Dodgers have signed righty Ben Rowen, a 26-year-old righty who cracked the Rangers’ pen last year and who has had solid results in the upper minors. And the White Sox signed center fielder Engel Beltre, a defense-first player who has struggled to produce offensively and missed most of last year with a fractured tibia.
Carlos Gonzalez was delighted about the condition of his rehabbed body, and genuinely thankful to meet fans on Friday. With four straight losing Rockies seasons and the injuries behind him, Gonzalez tackled the vexing subjects facing him and the team.