Archive for March 26th, 2007


Monday, March 26th, 2007

Kawika Mitchell Joins Big Blue

Giants Rumors & News

UPDATE: According to Staple, it’s a done deal. Mitchell will sign for one-year at $1 million, looking to have a big season and earn himself a larger pact next offseason.

Via Newsday’s Arthur Staple:

Funny, no one really mentioned his name since FA started, but former Chiefs MLB Kawika Mitchell is visiting with the Giants and could be signed by the end of his trip to Giants Stadium, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Mitchell is 27, two years younger than Al Wilson and three years younger than Bills LB Takeo Spikes, in whom the Giants have only a mild interest since he’s played only 15 games the last two seasons.

Yanks’ Rotation Takes Another Hit

Yankees Rumors & News

At this time last week, observers were wondering if rookie pitcher Jeff Karstens had a legitimate shot at making the Yankees’ rotation over 40-million-dollar man Kei Igawa. While the prospect seemed unlikely at the time, Karstens quickly saw his window of opportunity open as first Andy Pettitte was slowed by back spasms, and then Chien-Ming Wang was felled by a hamstring pull.

However just as quickly as that window was opened for Karstens, it now appears to have shut, as Karstens was removed from his start against Detroit due to right elbow stiffness. The pitcher gave up six runs through two innings before exiting the game.

Darrell Rasner now becomes the most likely candidate for the Yanks’ fifth starter on opening day. Rasner, 26, has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings this spring. Fortunately, the team will only require a fifth starter once in their first 17 games.

Ironically, with the injuries to Wang and Pettite, Carl Pavano appears most likely to take the mound …

Mets Set Rotation

Mets Rumors & News

With the jobs of veterans Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez never in doubt, and John Maine and Oliver Perez both pitching well enough to secure their spots in the rotation, there really was never more than one spot up for grabs during the Mets’ open competition this spring. Youthful candidates Philip Humber and Jason Vargas were both eliminated from contention 10-days ago when they were demoted to AAA, and neither Jorge Sosa nor Aaron Sele were able to piece together a mildly impressive outing, leaving veteran Chan Ho Park and rookie Mike Pelfrey as the only two legitimate contenders for the rotation’s fifth and final spot.

On Saturday, Park was removed from his start after throwing three scoreless innings, much to Park’s surprise and ire. Manager Willie Randolph indicated that he would look to use Park again perhaps as soon as Monday in order to evaluate the pitcher’s potential in the bullpen. Not surprisingly, one day later, Pelfrey was officially anointed the team’s 5th starter.

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