Another week down… let's look back at the past seven days here on MLBTR:
- We're a quarter of the way into the season, and Magglio Ordonez just hit his seventh extra base hit today; Jim Leyland is routinely putting Clete Thomas in the 3-hole over Maggs. Ordonez has a option for 2010 worth $18MM that vests at 457 plate appearances, and there's actually been talk of releasing the 35-year-old outfielder. Maggs had a nice weekend, and has shown signs of hope for Tiger fans, doubling in three consecutive games. However, we saw Detroit eat $14MM to cut ties with Gary Sheffield, could they possibly do the same with Ordonez? On a side note, how many out there made the mistake of drafting Ordonez in multiple fantasy leagues like I did? Oops…
- With Carlos Delgado out indefinitely due to hip problems, the Mets suddenly have a glaring hole in their lineup. They're considering trading for a first baseman. For now, Fernando Tatis has been filling in, but it's hard to see him as a long term solution. Anyone out there feel like putting their GM hat on and taking a stab at trade scenarios? The Royals certainly have a surplus, and the Nationals had talked about moving Nick Johnson prior to the season, though they may not want to move him within the division.
- Ben Sheets met with Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux this week. He'll begin a throwing program after one more meeting with Dr. James Andrews. If the Rangers are still in the race when Sheets is healthy, you've got to imagine he'd be just the boost they need to make a big push.
- Just weeks after acquiring Logan Kensing, the Nationals have designated the struggling reliever for assignment. Kensing was absolutely annihilated in Washington; is there any hope for the Nationals bullpen? The immediate answer seems to be no…
- The Indians added Luis Vizcaino this week, and demoted Jeremy Sowers to make room.
- The Brewers also added a veteran to the club this week, signing Frank Catalanotto to a minor league deal. He'll have to work his way up to the big leagues, but his bat can certainly be useful off their bench.
- 2010 Options Series updates: Rangers, Braves, Marlins, Mets, and Phillies.
- MLBTR is on the lookout for writers again, in case you missed the last post.