Odds & Ends: Ramirez, Sheets, Cardinals, Reds

Sunday night linkage..

  • Dave Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner tweets that it'll be interesting to see which sabermetric-friendly team will ink recently-DFA'd pitcher Edwar Ramirez.  Cameron's bet is on Tampa Bay.
  • Jason Churchill of ESPN (Insider subscription required) explains why second basemen aren't often selected in the first round of the amateur draft.  He writes that the best athletes usually play center field and shortstop in high school and college.  The second basemen typically come from the shortstops who cannot keep up with the position defensively.
  • Ben Sheets threw live batting practice for the first time with the A's and impressed the coaching staff with his velocity, according to the Associated Press.  Sheets inked a one-year deal with Oakland worth $10MM plus performance bonuses in late January.
  • Felipe Lopez's arrival may mean less at-bats for Julio Lugo, writes Matthew Leach of MLB.com.  Lugo sounds less-than-thrilled about a reduced role but said that his agents have not approached the Cards about a move.
  • Dusty Baker isn't worried about his contract situation, writes Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.  The Reds skipper is entering the final season of a three-year pact.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that despite trading away several highly-rated prospects in the last 19 months, the Phillies still have talent in their farm system.

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