MLB notes: Oil Can was on coke
By QMI Agency
|Former Expos pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd. (QMI Agency file photo)
Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd says he had cocaine in his system two-thirds of the time he was on the mound.
Boyd won 78 games during his 10-year career, 1982-91, but said he could have won twice as many if not for the drug.
"Some of the best games I've ever pitched in the major leagues, I stayed up all night," Boyd, 52, told WBZ radio in Boston, explaining that cocaine use kept him awake. "If I had went to bed, I would have won 150 ball games.
"I feel like my career was cut short for a lot of reasons, but I wasn't doing anything that hundreds of ball players weren't doing at the time; because that's how I learned it."
Boyd spent eight years with the Boston Red Sox but wrapped up his career with the Montreal Expos in 1991.
He has written a book, They Call Me Oil Can: My Life in Baseball, which comes out in June.
Boyd said some of his teammates were aware of his habit -- he even took cocaine during games -- but only some veteran players such as Dwight Evans, Bill Buckner and Don Baylor were supportive.
JAYS PROSPECT CLAIMED
The Toronto Blue Jays lost speedy outfielder Darin Mastroianni on waivers Thursday to the Minnesota Twins.
Mastroianni, who made his MLB debut last Aug. 24, had been designated for assignment last week when the Blue Jays placed reliever Francisco Cordero on their 40-man roster.
Mastroianni hit .268 in the minors last season with three homers, nine triples and 34 stolen bases.
DODGERS BIDDERS DOWN TO 11
Eleven groups have advanced to the second round of bidding to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They are, according to the Los Angeles Times:
Magic Johnson/Stan Kasten; Rick Caruso/Joe Torre; Steven Cohen/Arn Tellem; Stan Kroenke, St. Louis Rams owner; Peter O'Malley/South Korean conglomerate E-Land; Tony Ressler, Milwaukee Brewers minority owner; Leo Hindery/Tom Barrack; Stanley Gold/Disney family; Jared Kushner, New York Observer publisher and son-in-law of Donald Trump; Michael Heisley, Memphis Grizzlies owner; Alan Casden.
RANGERS GET CRUZ CONTROL
Right fielder Nelson Cruz signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Texas Rangers.
Terms weren't announced but ESPNDallas.com reported the deal was worth $16 million plus incentives.
Cruz, 31, hit .263 with 29 homers and 87 RBI last season, then starred in the AL championship series, hitting six homers and driving in 13 runs in the Rangers' win in six games over the Detroit Tigers. Both were post-season records.
The agreement avoids an arbitration hearing and buys out Cruz's two remaining arbitration years.
Baltimore scouts have been banned from attending games in Korea after the Orioles signed 17-year-old pitcher Kim Seong-Min. The Korean Baseball Association also requested that MLB investigate the signing because the pitcher hasn't finished high school ... The Kansas City Royals have finalized a one-year contract worth $4.775 million with outfielder Alex Gordon. Gordon had career-highs in batting average (.303), RBI (87), home runs (23), and stolen bases (17) last season ... Reliever Craig Breslow has agreed to a one-year contract worth nearly $1.8 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. Breslow, 31, was acquired in a trade with Oakland. He went 0-2 with a 3.79 earned-run average in 67 appearances with the Athletics last year ... The Orioles won their arbitration case with pitcher Brad Bergesen. A three-person arbitration panel ruled Bergesen should get $800,000 for 2012 rather than the $1.2 million he requested. The right-hander went 2-7 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances last season.