The Jorge Cantu deal is done, he passed his physical. He adds a lot of versatility, but he'll primarily play first base when the Padres face lefties. He'll also give the Padres a chance to rest Chase Headley and he'll pinch hit as well.
Cincinnati Reds assistant general manager Bill Bavasi said Thursday, Jan. 27, that RP Aroldis Chapman is likely to remain in the bullpen this season, although he left open the possibility of Chapman working in the rotation at some point, reports Hal McCoy, of the Dayton Daily News. "A decision has not been made, but I think it is going to be impossible to get him out of the bullpen," Bavasi said. "Aroldis is killing people out of the bullpen and we're OK with what we have for starters."
Cincinnati Reds assistant general manager Bill Bavasi said Thursday, Jan. 27, that SS Paul Janish is the team's starting shortstop, reports Hal McCoy, of the Dayton Daily News. "Janish will be our starting shortstop and whatever Paul can't handle we have Edgar Renteria to step in," Bavasi said
With Daric Barton entrenched at first base and Hideki Hatsui arriving to be the DH, the only spot in the A's lineup for top hitting prospect Chris Carter will be one of the corner outfield positions that are currently occupied by David DeJesus and Josh Willingham, notes Jane Lee of MLB.com
Updating a previous item, Kansas City Royals 3B Pedro Feliz will make $800,000 and can earn an extra $200,000 if he makes the major league roster, according to The Kansas City Star's Terez A. Paylor. Feliz will compete with IFs Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit and Mike Moustakas.
Hardball Time has a good breakdown of cincy's number five starter.
In conclusion, if they're all healthy, choosing among these three will be tough. All come with their unique strengths: Leake has his sinker, Bailey has his ability to miss bats and Wood will be important especially against teams that lean toward the left side of the plate.Regardless, it's a good position to be in and it should be fun to watch this play out over the spring.
The Twins have 6 starters and one will end up in the bullpen.
Liriano and Pavano are locks so it will come down to Duensing (pitched the best last year but expected to regress), Baker, Slowey (both were slowed by injuries last year) and Blackburn for the remaining spots. Personally I think Baker is the 2nd best pitcher (better than Pavano) for the Twins and Blackburn and his lack of K's is the worst.