Odds & Ends: Halladay, Teahen, Karstens

Some Saturday night links:

  • MLB.com's Jordan Bastian (via Twitter) says that Roy Halladay's reported unwillingness to stay in Toronto is less than shocking and speculates that his time with the Blue Jays is nearing its end.
  • Mark Teahen's flexibility could open up some interesting options for the White Sox this winter, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  GM Ken Williams says that he likes Teahen at third base, but wouldn't completely rule out the possibility of moving him to first base or right field.
  • Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog weighed in on the Astros' signing of former Yankees minor league pitcher Jose Valdez.  Jennings was surprised not by the signing but by the fact that Houston chose to protect the once-highly touted hurler from the Rule 5 draft.
  • As mentioned by Jennings, the Pirates DFA'd pitcher Jeff KarstensJenifer Langosch of MLB.com characterized the move as "somewhat surprising."  The 27-year-old posted an ERA of 5.42 and 1.16 K/BB in 108 IP last season.

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