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No Free Agency for Joe Mauer; will stay with Twins through 2018

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody connected with Major League Baseball, especially in the Twin Cities are of Minneapolis/St. Paul expected Joe Mauer to bolt the city for free agency like every other big-name Twins player over the years. But with a new ballpark getting ready to open, Twins management wasn’t about to let their most popular player leave for another team. Johan Santana and Torii Hunter have left for free agent millions elsewhere.

The Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer agreed to extend his contract by $184 million and 8 years through 2018. The deal which will kick in for the 2011 season and goes through 2018, and includes a no-trade clause.

Joe Mauer Twins catcher (CC/WFE photo)

Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, had stated several times over the past months that negotiations would cease once the regular season began, and talks between the two sides picked up alot of momentum in advance of the deadline mandate.

The $184 million for 8 years deal is more than doubles the largest and richest contract ever for a catcher; Mike Piazza signed a $91 million, seven-year contract in 1999.

Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood on shelf with back strain

Indians closer Kerry Wood (wfe)

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Kerry Wood did one thing in Cleveland last year that he hasn’t been able to do much in his career, stay healthy. He had a subpar season with only 20 saves.

He won’t go through 2010 without an injury. The former Cubs phenom has a long history of injuries and surgeries, could end up missing two months with a strained muscle in his upper back, an injury that at first, didn’t appear to be serious. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff told the media Saturday that an MRI exam on Wood revealed a “moderate” strain. He said that adequate rest is a minimum of six weeks.

While Wood is recuperating, 24-year-old Chris Perez will be the team’s closer. Perez came over in the Mark DeRosa trade in 2009 from St. Louis.

Wood felt soreness after throwing one inning in an exhibition game on March 10, but Soloff says this injury has happened “over time’ not from one inning or one appearance.

Wood will begin conditioning work next week and start playing catch in 10 to 14 days.

Cleveland signed Kerry Wood to a two-year, 20.5 million contract before last season.


Reds' Infielder Aaron Miles (wfe)

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The Cincinnati Reds figure to have a pretty good bench this year. Eventhough the roster hasn’t been finalized, it’ll probably be Aaron Miles, Chris Dickerson, Ryan Hanigan, Paul Janish, Miguel Cairo, Wladimir Balentien and Laynce Nix.

With the Reds’ trading away of centerfielder Willy Taveras and his $4 million dollar salary, it made it possible for them to add a solid utilityman in Aaron Miles. Miles will make $2.7 million but it is worth it because he can play all over the field except pitcher and catcher.

Rockies 1b Todd Helton (wfe)

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who ranks 44th all-time in doubles with 509, could pass several Hall of Fame members during the 2010 baseball season. Those will include Rickey Henderson(510), Joe Cronin (515), Willie Mays (523), Ted Williams (525), Frank Robinson (528), Lou Gehrig (534), Al Simmons (539), Joe Medwick  and Dave Winfield both at (540), Rogers Hornsby (541), Harry Heilmann (542) and Tony Gwynn (543).

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre has changed his mind about 2010 being his last year as a mamager.  He says if his health is good and the Dodgers want him to stay, he would.

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre (LAD)

Torre enters the final season of a three-year, $13 million dollar contract signed on November 7, 2007. Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, who came with Torre from the New York Yankees, is the manager in waiting.

Torre enters 2010 with 2,246 wins and 1,915 losses in 28 years as a manager.  His teams have reached the post sesason for 14 consecutive seasons and have won a division title in 11 of his last 12 seasons, including two consecutive NL West titles in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reds beat Dodgers 3-2 in Cactus League action

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Aroldis Chapman is all smiles this spring (mlb)

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 on Friday. Prized Left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman had another solid outing, striking out 2 in two scoreless innings. The Cuban allowed just two infield singles, relying on just his best two pitches: fastball and change-up. His fastball once again topped out at 100 mph.

Today, at the Reds will play the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Arizona with Homer Bailey making his first start of the spring.

Phenom Strasburg off to a good start with Washington

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Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg (wfe)

Stephen Strasburg made his Washington Nationals debut on earlier this week. Eventhough it was just a 2-inning stint, he certainly lived up to the hype.

He threw two scoreless innings in the Nationals’ 9-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday in his much ballyhooed first exhibition start.

Strasburg threw 15 of 27 pitches for strikes and allowed two hits, successive two-out singles by Alex Avila and Don Kelly in the second inning. But the flame-throwing right hander got an inning-ending strikeout against Brent Dlugach with an 81-mph curveball.

The 21-year-old was selected as the number 1 pick in the 2009 draft and received a record $15.1 million, four-year contract from the Nationals. He went 13-1 in his final season pitching for Tony Gwynn and the San Diego State Aztecs leading Division I in ERA (1.35) and strikeouts (195 in 109 innings).

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