MLB notebook: Mariners' Halman laid to rest
By QMI Agency
|Seattle Mariners batter Greg Halman celebrates his three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with Chone Figgins (L) during the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto in this July 19, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese/Files)
Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was laid to rest Tuesday in the Netherlands, a week after the 24-year-old was stabbed to death in Rotterdam.
Four of his Mariners teammates, Mike Carp, Alex Liddi, Matt Mangini and Dan Cortes, were among the several thousand mourners in Driehuis, a small town in north Holland, MLB.com reported.
Halman, 24, was buried in his Mariners uniform. The native of the Netherlands signed with Seattle as an international free agent in 2004, was the franchise's minor-league player of the year in 2009, and played 44 games with the Mariners over the past two seasons.
Halman's brother, Jason, 22, is being held by police on suspicion of murder or manslaughter.
CUBS TAKE LIKING TO PUJOLS
The Chicago Cubs have contacted Albert Pujols' agent to express interest in the three-time National League most valuable player, ESPN.com reports.
Chicago would join the Miami Marlins and rival St. Louis Cardinals -- the team with which Pujols has played his entire career -- in pursuing the free-agent first baseman.
Chicago is also is thought to be interested in first baseman Prince Fielder, a Milwaukee Brewers free agent. The Cubs hired former Brewers coach Dale Sveum this month as their manager.
MADDUX LEAVING CUBS
Greg Maddux, 45, a special assistant with the Chicago Cubs, is leaving to take a similar position with the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
As a pitcher with the Cubs, Maddux in 1992 won the first of his four Cy Young Awards before moving to the Atlanta Braves as a free agent. He returned to the Cubs in 2004 for two-plus seasons.
In January 2010, he became an assistant to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who was fired this past August.
Maddux's older brother, Mike, is the Rangers pitching coach.
ROYALS SIGN EX-DODGER
Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the American League team said Tuesday.
The deal is pending a physical exam of the right-hander, who missed most of the 2011 season because of bone spurs in his pitching elbow and had arthroscopic surgery in September.
"He will be used in a setup role to closer Joakim Soria and will help solidify what we feel is a young and talented bullpen," general manager Dayton Moore said.
Broxton saved 58 games for the Dodgers in 2009 and 2010.
GIANTS BOSSES BOOSTED
Manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean have had their contracts extended through 2013 with a club option for 2014, the San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday.
"They have effectively built and fostered a winning tradition at all levels of our organization," Giants president Larry Baer said.
Bochy has been an MLB manager for 17 years, the past five with the Giants.
Sabean just finished his 15th season with the Giants. The team has made it to the playoffs five teams during his tenure, including a World Series title in 2010.
MARLINS EYE VETERAN
The Miami Marlins have shown interest in veteran infielder Carlos Guillen, a source told Fox Sports Tuesday.
Guillen, 36, is a free agent, having completed a four-year, $48-million contract with the Detroit Tigers.
The switch-hitter missed the first half of the 2011 season after surgery on his left knee, then was sidelined again down the stretch with injuries to his left wrist and right calf.
He is not related to new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released Vancouver native Scott Mathieson. The 27-year-old right-handed pitcher is expected to join a team in Asia.