Pitchers and Catchers Link Blast

Posted: February 15, 2011 in AL East, Spring Training

Pepper

Joaquin Benoit signed one of the most controversial free agent contracts of the offseason paying him $5.5 for each of the next three years. Benoit gives the Tigers another fireballer in the bullpen and a potential setup man but the contract is in question based not last year’s amazing statistics that Benoit put up but prior years. In total Benoit carries a 31-28 record with a 4.47 ERA and 1.349 WHIP.

(Examiner) : Rays ready to defend East title with new faces – Tampa Bay Sports

For the ladies the day is tied to romance and affection and the guys will get their boxes of candy, a bunch of flowers and a card for their sweetheart. They guys are looking for something else, not wrapped in a bow but it is just as sweet. It’s called “Pitchers and Catchers.”

(Yahoo )

What Friedman has done in such circumstances, however, merits annual mention. He’s always thinking, always maneuvering, always doing something, because the moment he doesn’t, the Rays will sink back to the morass in which they were trapped for a decade.

(NESN)

The combustible Kyle Farnsworth has the inside track for save chances. Joel Peralta and promising lefty Jake McGee are potential setup men. The only holdover is long man Andy Sonnanstine. But there is a chance Lance Cormier returns, and J.P. Howell, who missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, is expected to be ready in May.

Cubbie Town

Even Garza, who threw a no-hitter during the Tampa Bay Rays’ AL East championship run last season, raised eyebrows with his 1-3, 6.75 ERA finish in his last five starts of 2010.

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