Here are the latest news and rumors going around Major League Baseball as we enter hump day…
- Chris Carpenter has had a lot of success during his 15-year career; he’s been a part of two World Series champion teams with the St. Louis Cardinals, has one Cy Young Award, three All-Star selections, and a 20-win season to his name, but injuries have also been an issue throughout. He held a press conference yesterday saying the nerve injury he suffered (thoracic outlet syndrome) will force him to likely miss all of 2013, and possibly end his playing career. However, St. Louis doesn’t have much interest in free agent Kyle Lohse.
- Manny Ramirez is determined to continue his professional baseball career, even if it takes him to Taiwan. Jon Morosi tweeted the slugger is chatting with the EDA Rhinos about playing for them this season.
- Outfielder Gerardo Parra avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks, as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.35 million.
- Two veteran catchers found jobs on minor league contracts, as Omir Santos signed with the Indians yesterday, while Chris Snyder and the Nationals agreed to a deal.
- The Giants sent Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez to the Mets last winter in exchange for Angel Pagan, who had a breakout season for the defending World Series champs. Earlier this winter, Torres returned to the Bay by agreeing to a one-year deal, and now Ramirez has done the same thing, signing a minor league contract with the club. Talk about full circle.
- New York also saw another one of their relievers from the 2012 bullpen sign elsewhere, as Jon Rauch agreed to a one-year/$1 million deal with the Miami Marlins.
- As the Mets continue to climb the big hill that is signing a Scott Boras client in Michael Bourn, reports surfaced that David Wright texted the free agent center fielder, giving him a little sales pitch. The Indians have also shown some interest, but Buster Olney says his price needs to drop significantly for them to seriously consider it.
- The Rays officially announced their one-year deal with Kyle Farnsworth, while also coming to terms with second baseman Kelly Johnson for one year and $2.45 million.
- The Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Jeremy Accardo. He has been extended an invite to Big League camp.
- The Angels and Alberto Callaspo finalized a two-year deal that will buy out his last year of arbitration and first year of free agency. The contract’s total worth is for $8.975 million.
- A day after being accused of drumming up interest for Jose Valverde when there was none, Scott Boras denied he was involved.
- Although this story is a couple days old, I felt it was worth pointing out that Mark Teixeira agrees with all of society when we say players who get paid $20 million a season are overpaid.
It’ll be sad if Carpenter isn’t able to come back from this latest injury, but now as a 37-year-old, I wouldn’t be surprised if he hung up his spikes for good. He did accomplish everything a player would want to do, but I always hate to see someone not be able to end his career on his own terms. I also find it interesting that Teixeira admits to being overpaid; I mean, we all knew that players like him, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and Alex Rodriguez were paid way too much to play baseball, but they don’t ever come out and say it. The Yankees are also hoping their overpaid first baseman can have a bounce back year at the plate (.251/.332/.475 in 123 games played).
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