Late-week news of little or no note
Well, sort of. Those of you who like me have not forsaken the Cult of Doyle after the team’s craven betrayal of Snelling will note that Austin Kearns’ new $17.5m deal with the Nationals. This means that Snelling’s going to have to beat the stuffing out of, at least, Ryan Church and a similar cast of scrubs in order to crack the starting Nationals lineup. He’s out of options, right? Maybe the Nationals end up waiving him at the end of spring training when one or more of Vidro/Guillen demonstrate they can’t play and… yeah, I’m dreaming.
Mike Matheny’s retiring for medical reasons.
Roger Clemens continues to generously fill column-inches.
Pirates signed Tony Armas Jr. to a 1-yr, $3.5m deal to avoid arb.
Brian Roberts signed with the Orioles for 1y, $4.2m