Monday, February 20, 2012

2/20 Morning Buzz: Mike Cameron, Tim Hudson, Reporting Day

Top Story:
Mike Cameron announces his retirement. The big-name retirements continue. Cameron was forever underrated because he relied on defense, but he was an extremely valuable center fielder in his career.

Braves Bits:
AJC - Jurrjens, Hudson: worried to optimistic in 2-1/2 months. "(Hudson) nodded across the clubhouse to Kris Medlen and said the versatile starter-reliever was as good as anyone the Braves had." I feel like this isn't getting nearly enough play. Medlen should be in line for a rotation spot in Hudson's absence, in my opinion.
AJC - Moylan progressing in rehab, won't rush return.
AJC - Jason Heyward throwing at Disney. Beautiful sight.
AJC - A full gallery of photos from the first day. - Several Braves get early start on spring work. - As camp nears, Wren has confidence in Braves.

MLB News:
Phillies - Kyle Kendrick signs a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. I don't see the reason for this, as Kendrick isn't really worth a multi-year deal at any point in his career. But I guess the Phillies know what they're getting with him, and they're fine with that.
Giants - Ryan Vogelsong has a strained back and will miss the first 10 days of camp. It's not a good start for someone trying to maintain consistency following a breakthrough season last year, but it might be minor.
Yankees - New York signs left-handed reliever Clay Rapada to a minor league deal.

MLB Bits:
MLB - Win percentages for position players. H/T The Book Blog.
Yankees - Johnny Damon is no longer an option for the Yankees.
Cubs - Cubs Might Talk Extension With Matt Garza.
Phillies - Jonathan Papelbon 'excited' for Phillies. I don't know, man. What about that contract, man? Yeah, man.
Cardinals - Cardinals table extension talks with Yadier Molina.
Cubs - New 'Cub Way' beginning in Arizona.

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