MLB Weekend Update: 05/16/2008

The trend of buying out arbitration continues, a future closer gets called up, inter-league scores and the normal stuff from the weekend.

Scores
Friday
BAL 5 WAS 3
LAA 4 LAN 2
SD 6 SEA 4
TEX 16 HOU 8
ATL 3 OAK 2
KC 7 FLA 6
PHI 10 TOR 3
CHN 7 PIT 4
CIN 4 CLE 3
TB 3 STL 1
ARI 4 DET 3
MIN 4 COL 2
CHA 2 SF 0

Saturday
BAL 6 WAS 5
BOS 5 MIL 3
BOS 7 MIL 6
NYN 7 NYA 4
LAN 6 LAA 3
SEA 4 SD 2
TEX 6 HOU 2
OAK 5 ATL 4
FLA 7 KC 3
TOR 6 PHI 3
PIT 7 CHN 6
CIN 4 CLE 2
STL 9 TB 8
DET 3 ARI 2
COL 3 MIN 2
CHA 3 SF 1

Sunday
TB 4 STL 5
SD 2 SEA 3
HOU 5 TEX 4
CLE 4 CIN 6
TOR 6 PHI 5
MIN 2 COL 6
CHA 13 SF 8
NYN 11 NYA 2
DET 0 ARI 4
LAN 2 LAA 10
MIL 7 BOS 11
WAS 2 BAL 1
KC 9 FLA 3
OAK 2 ATL 5
PIT 3 CHN 4

Transactions
Atlanta Braves
Chuck James sent to the minors; Phil Stockman called up from the minors.
Boston Red Sox
Jonathan Van Every sent to the minors.
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers called up from the minors; Jason Tyner designated for assignment; Michael Aubrey called up from the minors; Jeremy Sowers sent to the minors.
Chicago Cubs
Daryle Ward placed on the DL (15-day, bulging disc in lower back); Micah Hoffpauir purchased from the minors.
Colorado Rockies
Glendon Rusch signed to a minor league contract.
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez signed to a 6 year extension (2009-2014).
Houston Astros
Geoff Geary placed on the DL (15-day, right groin strain); Fernando Nieve called up from the minors.
Kansas City Royals
John Buck placed on bereavement list; Joakim Soria signed to a 3 year (2008-2011; Opt 2012-2014).
Milwaukee Brewers
Mitch Stetter sent to the minors; Zach Jackson called up from the minors.
Minnesota Twins
Howie Clark purchased from the minors; Matt Tolbert placed on the DL (15-day, torn ligament in left thumb).
New York Mets
Nelson Figueroa outrighted to the minors; Eric Reed signed to a minor league contract.
Oakland Athletics
Santiago Casilla placed on the DL (15-day, right elbow soreness).
San Diego Padres
Callix Crabbe returned to the Brewers (Rule V draftee).
Seattle Mariners
Richie Sexson reinstated from league suspension.
St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Kinney transferred to the 60-Day DL; Jason Isringhausen placed on the DL (15-day, right hand laceration); Chris Perez purchased from the minors.
Texas Rangers
Ben Broussard released.
Toronto Blue Jays
Jorge Velandia designated for assignment; David Purcey called up from the minors; Hector Luna purchased from the minors; David Purcey sent to minors;
Washington Nationals
Dmitri Young removed from the DL.

The Weekend Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– Khalil Greene’s name is popping up with a few teams, including the Blue Jays and Cubs; the Padres are looking for another young SS, CF, or pitcher.
– The Phillies have not begun extension talks with Cole Hamels; they want to make sure he’s healthy first.
– Jason Tyner has been DFA by the Indians.
– BJ Upton is the next Ray to get a deal from the team.
– 7 teams have watched Fredy Garcia – the Mets, Red Sox, Braves, Yankees, White Sox, Rangers, and Mariners. More are expected for his next workout.
– The Angels have stated they are open to in season negoitations with free agent to be Francisco Rodriguez.
– The Rockies signed Glendon Rusch to a minor league deal.
– The Indians want a hitting upgrade, but they prefer an infielder.
– Mark Bellhorn signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers – he’s currently in Double A.
– Ryan Howard doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to sign a contract extension with the Phillies.
– Hanley Ramirez’s extension seems to be it right now for the Marlins.
– The Cardinals are not shopping for bullpen help just yet – they are looking at in house options first.
– Joakim Soria signs a 3 year extension with 3 option years with the Royals; he’s guaranteed $8MM and the contract could get as large as $32MM.
– The Rangers will use Josh Hamilton as DH more often to keep him fresh.
– Coco Crisp could be back on the trade market since Brandon Moss is almost back with the Red Sox; the Sox could wait until the off season to get the best deal for him.
– The Indians may put Paul Byrd on the market since they currently have 7 MLB ready starters.
– Richie Sexson for Carlos Delgado is mentioned again.
– Omar Vizquel could be a possible replacement for Julio Lugo, if Lugo continues to struggle.
– Kenny Lofton is still hoping to get a contract.
– The Royals haven’t approached any of their other young players about an extension; they didn’t for Soria – he went to them.
– The Red Sox have approached Dustin Pedroia about an extension.
– Howie Kendrick is open to an extension while Casey Kotchman wants to go year to year.
– The Dodgers have approached Russ Martin twice about an extension, but he’s declined both times.

Around the Web
Injury Report
Top Prospect Alert’s Top MiLB Performances.
BA Prospect Blog
All Star Voting
The Finals of the Worst GM in Baseball Tournament.
BA Mock Draft.

Today’s Matchups
Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros, 7:05 PM
(L) Ted Lilly (4-4) vs. (R) Brian Moehler (1-0)
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals, 7:10 PM
(R) Brett Myers (2-4) vs. (R) Tim Redding (5-3)
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 8:35 PM
(L) Pat Misch (0-0) vs. (L) Jorge De La Rosa (1-2)
St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres, 10:05 PM
(R) Todd Wellemeyer (4-1) vs. (L) Wilfredo Ledezma (0-0)
Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10:10 PM
(R) Bronson Arroyo (2-4) vs. (R) Brad Penny (5-4)

Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox, 7:05 PM
(R) Luke Hochevar (3-2) vs. (L) Jon Lester (2-2)
Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins, 8:10 PM
(R) Scott Feldman (1-1) vs. (R) Boof Bonser (2-5)
Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 PM
(R) James Shields (4-3) vs. (R) Joe Blanton (2-6)

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