As he enters his 21st and final season in the Majors, Rockies right-hander LaTroy Hawkins realizes he has seen just a “small piece” of the sport he loves. When he takes off the uniform for the final time, he plans on delving into the rest.
The Marlins and Giants are closing in on a deal that would send third baseman Casey McGehee to San Francisco, Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports on Twitter. Minor league pitching would likely head back to Miami in the deal.
Last season, young Reds left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani was viewed as ready for a full-time spot in the rotation and a central piece in the club’s plans. It enabled Cincinnati to bid farewell to Bronson Arroyo and feel good about its starting five. Then Cingrani struggled early in the year and missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. Before the Winter Meetings last week, he appeared to be on the outside looking in — the sixth man on the depth chart for the rotation.
Today’s minor moves.. The Angels announced that they have requested release waivers for infielder Shawn O’Malley, to make room on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Johnny Giavotella. O’Malley saw time in eleven games for the Halos last season, notching three hits in 16 plate appearances. In parts of two seasons at the Triple-A level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old hit .296/.369/.408.
In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A’s released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.
Meeting the Boston media on Friday for the first time since being traded to the Red Sox last week, right-hander Rick Porcello was asked about his personal memories of pitching here at Fenway Park. All he could do was laugh.
CBSSports.com reported on Friday that the Rockies and Mets are “quietly discussing” a possible deal involving shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but went on to say talks are “in the early stages with several hurdles to go.” Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to MLB.com that the teams aren’t in active discussions.
According to separate reports, the Padres will send newcomer Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks and sign free agent David Ross.
For years, Craig Biggio has been active with Sunshine Kids, a support group that has helped thousands of kids with cancer and their families, and the Astros legend gladly showed his support recently at organization’s holiday party.