February 25 News and Notes

Brett Myers would like you to pick up your cellular telephone and call the Astros. - USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Lohse may have waited himself all the way to Milwaukee or Cleveland, if Jon Heyman is to be believed...

  • Heyman lists the most likely landing spots for Lohse here, and Cleveland is #2 on the list.
  • Ken Rosenthal profiles Shin-Soo Choo and uncovers some awesome details about Choo–Antonetti encounters.
  • The White Sox acquired 3B Conor Gillaspie from the Giants for RHP Jeff Soptic—and DFA'd LGFT and #NewCanzler Lars Anderson. I had no idea the White Sox even had Lars Anderson.
  • Victor Martinez returned to the field for the first time since 2011 and promptly was hit by a pitch. Keep grinding, says Eric.
  • Curtis Granderson was also hit by a pitch this weekend. The JA Happ delivery fractured his forearm and he will be out until the first week of May, at least.
  • Mike Pelfrey is exciting the Twins. It's a cheap signing we could have made, so it will be interesting how this one pans out.
  • Remember John Maine? He's trying to make it with the Marlins. So that they can trade him to Toronto.
  • Bastian, with some Brett Myers quotes:
    on transition from reliever in 2012 to starter this year: "It's not really a transition at all." Has started plenty in career.

    on why Astros put him in bullpen last year: "You'd have to call them. I still don't know."
  • Our old buddy Castro takes a look at Brett Lawrie and how LGFT Mark DeRosa plans on helping him.
  • RUSSELL MARTIN WILL NOT CATCH ROSS DETWILER IN THE WBC. (for a number of reasons)
  • Ryan Raburn Tweets:
  • The Pirates sign RHP Jose Contreras to Minor League deal with invite to Major League #SpringTraining
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