A few links for Thursday…
- According to Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post, former Nationals manager Frank Robinson has been named Special Assistant to the Commisioner. He'll basically work as an advisor to Bud Selig.
- Milton Bradley had a 10-minute meeting with Cubs manager Lou Piniella on Thursday, presumably to discuss his on-field antics and clubhouse demeanor. He was thrown out of a game and suspended last week. He has also blown off the Chicago media a few times, and lazily ran out a grounder during Wednesday's game.
- Peter Gammons of ESPN said in a radio spot Thursday that he doesn't believe the Indians will end up trading Cliff Lee.
- The Newark Bears of the Atlantic League have signed former major leaguer Armando Benitez. He spent part of last year with the Blue Jays, but is best remembered for his time as a closer for the Mets, Marlins and Giants.