MLB notes: Bidding heats up for Soler
By QMI Agency
|Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford walks back to the dugout after popping-out to end the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 2011. (Brian Snyder/REUTERS)
Bidders for Cuban Jorge Soler are expected to make offers this weekend and the most aggressive teams are expected to be the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN.
A number of other teams including the Boston Red Sox also are interested in the 20-year-old outfielder.
Soler has until July 2 to sign under the existing collective bargaining agreement, which allows teams to bid any amount they wish for a foreign player. After that date, bids can't exceed $2.9 million.
It's expected Soler will be offered 10 times that amount on a multiyear deal.
CRAWFORD BEGINS THROWING
Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford threw Friday for the first time in weeks as he recovers from a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.
"My elbow feels a lot better," Crawford told the Boston Globe.
After his arm strengthens, he will go on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
Crawford could return to the majors next month.
CLEMENS' WIFE ADMITS INJECTION
Debbie Clemens testified Friday that she received a shot of human growth hormone from trainer Brian McNamee. But she said it was all her idea.
McNamee, a former strength coach, has claimed he injected Roger Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, and has said the former pitcher asked him to inject Debbie Clemens with human growth hormone in 2003 ahead of a Sports Illustrated photo shoot.
"It was what I wanted to do," Debbie Clemens testified, saying she saw the drug as "a fountain of youth, keep young kind of thing."
Roger Clemens, 49, is on trial on charges of lying to a U.S. congressional committee in 2008 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
An MRI on Derek Holland's left shoulder showed no structural damage, the Texas Rangers said Friday. The pitcher has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of fatigue. Team officials believe Holland's lack of shoulder strength is related to a stomach virus that has bothered him for several weeks ... With Holland out, the Rangers would like to add newly signed Roy Oswalt to the rotation as soon as possible. Oswalt, however, struggled during a triple-A outing Thursday, giving up six hits and five earned runs in four innings.