Posted by: Tom Duch | January 27, 2010

Duch Oven Report II

Lincecum wants LinCYcum money

The two-time defending National League Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, is seeking a record $13 million in arbitration money. It would surpass the $10 mil that Alfonso Soriano and Francisco Rodriguez got after losing their cases, and Ryan Howard got from winning his.

Enter Saveman

Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a $9.35 mil, 1 yr contract.  It is the highest by a reliever with at least four years of major league service, passing the $7.25 that Mariano Rivera got after the 2000 season.

Bartlett back after “Devilish” season with Rays

Rays agreed to 1-year contract with all-star shortstop Jason Bartlett. He is coming off a career year in which he had career highs in every offensive category.

Bambino or Hambino?

Rangers signed a 1-year deal with Josh Hamilton. He is coming off an injury plagued season that he played only 89 games and had just 54 RBIs a year after leading the American League with 130. The Rangers hope they are getting back the guy that had a monster year (.304, 32 HR, 130 RBI) and put on his best Babe Ruth impression in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, belting out a 1st round record 28 dingers including 3 Ruthian blasts that went over 500 feet. Last year Hamilton’s numbers were closer to that of the Hambino, Hamilton Porter from Sandlot.

Philling up a couple wallets

The 2-time defending NL champion Phillies have resigned two of the staples from their championship ball club. The Flyin’ Hawaiian, Shane Victorino was locked up for 3 years ($22 mil) with a club option to stay with the Phils through 2012. They also bring back Carlos Ruiz, signing him to a 3-year deal worth almost $9 million. Joe Blanton also returns after avoiding arbitration and signing a 3-year extension for $24 million. Funny how they can throw all this moolah at Blanton but didn’t want to spend a few million more for former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee.

Hasta la vista NADY

After playing only 7 games last year for the Yankees, Xavier Nady is on his way to Chi-town. Nady will join the Cubs for a 1-year deal if he passes his physical.

THOME Run

The Twins signed Jim Thome to a 1-year deal for what will be his 20th big league season.

3rd base can’t be that much TEJADA

Miguel Tejada returns to the Orioles after spending two years with the Astros. This time Tejada will not will not be returning to his familiar spot at short, but will be moving over to the hot corner. He is happy to be back in Baltimore, and so are the O’s. After all, Tejada holds Orioles single-season records for hits and RBIs.

Don’t SHEET where you eat

After missing all of last season after elbow surgery, Ben Sheets has signed a 1-year deal worth $10 million with the Oakland A’s. It is a bit of a gamble, but Sheets is a former all-star who was the ace of the Brewers staff for several years. It seems like a good move for the A’s who have a very young pitching staff and could use some veteran leadership.

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