Here are some smaller signings and rumors around baseball today.
According to RotoWorld, the Twins have signed Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract. He gets $1MM for making the team and can earn another $2MM. Neither the Cards nor Yankees could get anything useful out of him in 16 starts. Logic dictates that Ponson won’t make the Twins’ rotation, but you never know.
Joel Pineiro will likely join the Red Sox for $4MM guaranteed. It seems like a lot of money for someone with Pineiro’s history, but I guess Jason Marquis set the bar. The 28 year-old righty posted a 4.81 ERA in 24 relief innings in 2006, so hopefully he can recapture that, er, magic.
David Newhan may become a Met, but I don’t see how he would make the team. He seems to be living off a couple of solid months from 2004.
The Denver Post tells us that the Rockies are doing some curious things: entertaining signings of Darin Erstad, Jon Mabry, and/or various washed up catchers, considering a Rodrigo Lopez trade, and working on an extension for Jamey Carroll. I see. Well then.
The Pirates are in on this Brian Lawrence character. [Insert requisite mention of Opening Day starts here]. I think the question we’re all thinking right now is: where would this leave Shawn Chacon?