This weekends Hot Stove

A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez is the only name to be released from the ’03 steroid testing. He is on a list of
104 players to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod was approached by an SI reporter on Thursday. A-Rod did not want to discuss the test results. He would not say if he tested positive or not for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod said “You’ll have to talk to the union.” He was asked if there was an expanation for his positive test, and he said “I’m not saying anything.” There were no penalties for positive tests in 2003. I’m sure we will get a lot more information on this in the next couple of days. I will try to keep you updated with information as  I get it.

 

Gordon signs a 1 year contract with the D-Backs

Tom Gordon has signed a 1 year contract with the Arizona. It’s reported that he will earn $500,000 and with bonuses can earn him up to $2.5 million. Gordon hasn’t pitched in a game since July 5th of last season with the Phillies.

 

Andruw Jones hopes to resurrect his career with the Rangers

SI.com has confirmed that Andruw Jones has signed a 1 year minor league contract with the Rangers. Jones was released by the Dodgers this offseason. He worked out a deal so the Dodgers will release him and still pay him his contract over time. The Rangers signed him for $500,000 plus $1 million in incentives. I really like Jones and hope he has a bounce back year. He’s to young to be on that big of a decline.

 

Ryan Howard signs a 3 year contract with the Phillies

Thumbnail image for RyanHoward.jpgWell now the Phillies and Ryan Howard can stop all the arbitration stuff. I think this is a great move for the Phillies. They have a legit power hitter locked up with a contract he’s going to be happy with. If he can cut down a lot of his strike out’s, he’s going to be an even better player. He will earn $15 million this season, $19 million next year and $20 million in 2011.

 

 

Giants have an offer on the table for Crede and Aurilia

It’s been reported that CBS television on Saturday that the Giants have made an offer to Joe Crede. No specifics on the contract offer have been reported. Crede isn’t that big bat that the Giants need but he’s a good 3rd baseman and has a little pop. It’s just a question if he can stay healthy or not. Maybe that’s what the Giants signed Juan Uribe to back him up like he did last year for the White Sox. The only other team that has been talking about trying to sign Crede has been the Twins.

 

The Giants have also made an offer to Rich Aurilia for a minor league contract. Aurilia has spent 10 of his 13 big league seasons with the Giants. Brian Sabea said “I think he’s taking the weekend to decide. We hope he comes back.”

 

I did go to the Giants Fan Fest this weekend and will be blogging about it this week. I also will have pictures of the event in the Fan Fest blog.

 

~King of Cali

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6 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Hey King – I look forward to hearing about the Giants fan fest and seeing your pictures. Still no Manny signing. I think the Phillies made a smart move signing Howard to the multi-year contract – they know most of their salary obligations for the next few years.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. cubsyear2002

    Cali,

    You guys have some sick 3B prospects. Interesting to see you’re looking at Crede. I believe it would be a solid pickup for your already impressive offseason. Do you think it’ll happen? And whats your take on Manny? Do you want him in a Giants uniform? Haha Gotta ask about him.

  3. kingofcali

    I think the Giants are looking at Crede for a one year contract. They want to see what they can do this year with the starting roation that they have. There is a couple of good players that are a few years away. I think Crede is a good pick up if he stays healthy, but he’s not that big bat that Sabean said he was going to get this offseason. I would love to see Manny in the Giants uniform. He’s a superstar that can rake at the plate. I wouldn’t mind Manny being Manny here. =) I’m sure he will end up with the Dodgers.

    ~King of Cali
    http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

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