Let's take a look back at the week that was on the eve of the MLB Draft..
- The Orioles fired manager Dave Trembley after the club got off to a 15-39 start under his direction and dropped eight consecutive games. Baltimore appointed Juan Samuel to be the team's interim skipper.
- After 22 seasons and 630 home runs, Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to call it a career.
- The Angels won't deal for Mike Lowell, but the M's, Rangers, or White Sox might.
- Kevin Millwood and Ty Wigginton are open to playing for the Mets if the O's become sellers.
- The Cards reached agreement on a deal with 18-year-old Dominican righthander Carlos Matias. Matias was one of the best hurlers on the international market this year.
- Brian Bruney signed a minor league deal with the Brewers though he has the right to opt out in a month.
- Kansas City claimed pitcher Kanekoa Texeira off of waivers from the M's. The Royals have to expose the Hawaiian to waivers if they decide to take him off of their roster. If no one claims him, they have to offer him back to the Yankees - his team prior to being taken in the Rule 5 draft.
- It was reported on Friday night that the Royals have struck a deal with catcher Yasmani Grandal for the fourth overall pick. Mike recently took a look at Grandal, calling him the best catcher in the 2010 draft.
- After being DFA'd by the Yankees last week, Randy Winn found a new home with the Cardinals.
- The Blue Jays signed DeWayne Wise to a minor league deal days after he opted out of his deal with the Phillies. Philly filled the void by inking Willy Taveras to a minor league deal.
- Nelson Figueroa was DFA'd by the Phillies but accepted a Triple A assignment with the club after clearing waivers.
- The Mets designated Gary Matthews Jr. for assignment. Matthews will earn $11MM for this season and $12MM for 2011 which will be paid mostly by the Angels.
- Reliever Claudio Vargas was released by Milwaukee.
- The Rays may have found themselves a bargain with their signing of Jose Julio Ruiz.
- Howard took a look back at the 1995 trade deadline.
- Mike continued his look at the top players in the 2010 MLB Draft with posts on prospects such as Michael Choice, Chris Sale, and Matt Harvey.
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