January 20, 2012
MLB notes: A-Rod hot for third
By QMI Agency
The New York Yankees could use a designated hitter, but Alex Rodriguez is making it clear he doesn't want the job -- not full time, anyway.
Rodriguez, becoming a bit brittle at age 36, is adamant he wants to spend most of his playing time at third base.
With Jesus Montero having been traded and Jorge Posada on the verge of retirement, the Yankees have an opening at DH.
"I think the vision for us as a team is now ... you want the DH spot to be one that's kind of a revolving door," Rodriguez told ESPNDeportes on Friday.
"I think a lot of us at some point or another, in such a long season, are going to occupy that spot. But for me, I'm really excited about playing third base."
Rodriguez played in just 99 games last season because of hip and knee injuries.
There is speculation the Yankees are considering bringing back either Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui to be DH.
PENA RETURNS TO RAYS
Carlos Pena is heading back to Tampa Bay after one season with the Chicago Cubs.
The first baseman has agreed to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million, ESPN.com reported Friday.
The 33-year-old hit .225 for the Chicago Cubs last season with 28 home runs and 84 RBI.
Pena, was with the Rays from 2007 to 2010, helping Tampa Bay to its first American League title in 2008. That season, Pena hit .247 with 31 homers and 102 RBI.
The Rays' incumbent first baseman, Casey Kotchman, might now be headed to Cleveland as a free agent. The Indians also had pursued Pena.
Kotchman hit .306 in 2011 but had just 10 homers and 48 RBI in 146 games.
SOX MAY DEAL FLOYD
There are multiple reports that Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams is soliciting offers for starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.
Floyd is due $7 million for the coming season and the Sox reportedly are trying to shave their payroll from $127 million in 2011 to less than $100 million for the coming season.
The White Sox have 12 players signed for $91 million.
The team also has interest in Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes, who is set to be a free agent shortly.
PITCHER OUT OF JAIL
The Cleveland Indians pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona was released Friday from a Dominican jail on a $13,000 bond.
Carmona, whose real name reportedly is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested Thursday for allegedly falsifying his identity after applying for a visa to attend spring training in Arizona. He apparently is 31 years old, not 28 as he previously claimed.
It is not known whether the Indians are still on the hook for the $7 million the pitcher is slated to earn in 2012, or when he might be allowed to travel to the U.S.
The Indians have said only that they are gathering information.
The pitcher asked for forgiveness from the fans, the U.S. government and the Indians.
SNYDER HEADS HOME
The Astros have agreed to terms with Houston native Chris Snyder on a one-year contract.
The 30-year-old catcher hit .271 with three home runs and 17 RBI for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 before back surgery ended his season in June.
Snyder has a career batting average of .231 in 630 games for Arizona and Pittsburgh with 70 homers and 273 RBI.
ANOTHER SLOWEY DEAL
Pitcher Kevin Slowey is on the move again, traded Friday to the Cleveland Indians by the Colorado Rockies for Zach Putnam.
Slowey was dealt to Colorado by Minnesota last month and quickly agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockies to avoid arbitration.
The 27-year-old right-hander went 0-8 with a 6.67 earned-run average for the Twins in 2011. He won 13 games in 2010.
Putnam, 24, made his major-league debut for the Indians in 2011, going 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA in eight relief appearances.
The Oakland A's have expressed the most interest in signing Manny Ramirez as designated hitter, a source told ESPNDeportes. The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles also have watched Ramirez hit in a batting cage, the source said ... The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Aaron Rowand to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rowand spent the past four seasons with the Giants, winning a World Series title in 2010. In Miami, he'll rejoin manager Ozzie Guillen. Rowand played five years under Guillen with the Chicago White Sox ... The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.575-million contract with reliever Sergio Romo. The right-hander went 3-1 with one save and a career-best 1.50 ERA in 65 appearances last season ... The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder Ryan Spilborghs and infielder Gregorio Petit to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.