Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gavin Floyd gets 4-year, $15.5 million deal

The Chicago White Sox have signed Gavin Floyd to a four-year contract worth $15.5 million.

Floyd, who signed a one-year deal on Feb. 25th for $520,000, is now under contract until 2012. The White Sox have an option for 2013.

In 2008, Floyd was 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Floyd, who was the fourth player selected in the 2001 draft, struck out 145 batters last year.

A-Rod and Spitzer have Manhattan Madam in common

Question: What do disgraced former N.Y. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Alex "A-Rod" Rodriquez share in common?

Answer: Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis.

According to Davis, she dated A-Rod, who was also a client of her high-scale prostitution ring.

"Throughout the years, there were a number of clients that I befriended and it was not uncommon for them to want the women they can't have whether it be the phone bookers or the madam," Davis said.

"In regard to Alex, all I can say is our paths have definitely crossed personally and professionally."

Davis received five years probation and served three months in jail after copping a plea.

For A-Rod, the penalties in the court of public opinion are going to be steep. If he thought that his steroid-usage admission lifted a huge burden off his back, those care-free days were short-lived.

Corey Koskie officially calls it quits

Corey Koskie, who was out of baseball in 2007 and 2008, has decided to end his comeback attempt and call it quits.

Koskie, who was playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, suffered dizziness after diving for a groundball.

After the 2006 season, he left baseball due to concussions. While he doesn't believe he suffered a concussion from the recent play, he started to question whether it was worth it.
"After that play I kind of thought, 'What am I doing out here?' " Koskie said. "Whether I got the wind knocked out of me or what, I did feel a little funky after it. I don't think it was a concussive event, but I did feel a little funny."
For his career, Koskie hit .275, 124 homeruns, drove in 506 runs and stole 71 bases. He had a career year in 2001 when he had a line of: BA of .276, 100 runs, 26 HRs, 103 RBI and 27 SBs.

Hamels' bullpen session goes smoothly

Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels threw a bullpen session yesterday without any problems. It was his first session since he received an anti-inflammatory injection on Tuesday.
"That was the point we were trying to make, taking five minutes off and seeing how it feels when I come back and throw a second time," Hamels said. "I went from the windup and felt good. That's the huge thing, to be able to feel comfortable that you're healthy and nothing is going to nag at every pitch."
The next step for Hamels, who threw a total of 41 pitches yesterday, is to throw 50 pitches in a minor-league game on Tuesday.

It's still unknown if he'll be ready to start for the Phillies on opening night (April 5th).