March 6, 2012
MLB Notes: Baker doesn't like Francisco's dough
By QMI Agency
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has a big concern -- a growing concern -- about third baseman Juan Francisco.
"He has got to top eating," Baker told MLB.com.
Baker said Francisco didn't rehab properly from a calf injury during the off-season and arrived at spring training 10-12 pounds overweight. The 24-year-old third baseman was listed last season at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds.
Francisco has time to get into shape "but he's behind," Baker said Tuesday.
"The guys that came in ready, I can't shelve them because he didn't. I'm trying to get him ready the best I can. We need him."
Francisco likely will open the season as the backup to Scott Rolen at third.
McCutchen deal official
The Pittsburgh Pirates confirmed Tuesday they have reached a six-year, $51.5-million deal with outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
The contract was completed after McCutchen passed a physical.
"Andrew McCutchen is one of the best young players in the game and we are very pleased to make this type of commitment to a great player and a great person," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.
"It has been our intent for Andrew to be a cornerstone for this organization."
McCutchen, 25, hit .259 last season with 23 homers and 89 RBI.
Phils, Hamels talking
Talks involving pitcher Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies on a long-term contract "are heating up," according to CSNPhilly.com.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Hamels' agent, John Boggs, have been talking this week in Clearwater, Fla.
Hamels, a 28-year-old left-hander, can become a free agent after the season, and would be highly sought-after.
"We'll continue the dialogue," Boggs said. "Ruben and I have a very good relationship."
Hamels, who was 14-9 with a 2.79 earned-run average in 2011, will make $15 million this season.
San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson, who has been battling a sore pitching elbow expects to make his spring training debut Saturday ... Carlos Silva, who was expected to compete for the fifth spot in the Boston Red Sox rotation, will not pitch Wednesday because of shoulder inflammation ... New York Mets ace Johan Santana pitched two runless innings in a Grapefruit League game Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was his first appearance against major-league hitting since Sept. 2, 2010, marking a long recovery from a shoulder injury. Santana threw 29 pitches and said he felt good.