The New York Mets have made it known that lefthander Ken Takahashi, from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, is in their sights. The Mets are looking for pitching depth and feel Takahashi might be the answer? Speaking of the Mets, Mike Piazza is writing a memoir on his baseball career. Should be an interesting read. I find it interesting that former Met and Hall of Famer Gary Carter signed on to manage the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
As always, the Yankees are making noise and just signed Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox. Most likely Swisher will cover first, but may also play the outfield. The Yankees are also looking at everyone and anyone to bolster their roster.
It looks like Trevor Hoffman’s career with the San Diego Padres is over. Hoffman is the MLB career saves leader with 554.
The Marlins dealt starting pitcher Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are trying to rebuild the team to contend in 2009. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Salomon Torres retired saying he wanted to spend time with his family and faith.
Sad news that former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Preacher Roe and Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score both died. Both were good ballplayers with interesting careers and we’ll miss them.
Until then, see ya at the Hot Stove!