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Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Carlos Guillen retires

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former All-Star Carlos Guillen will retire, the Mariners announced on Twitter.

Guillen, 36, signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in February after eight seasons in Detroit. He started his career in Seattle, but had his best years in Detroit. Guillen made three All-Star teams and finished 10th in MVP voting in 2006.

The infielder finishes his career with a .285/.355/.443 line in parts of 14 seasons in the big leagues, wracking up 1,331 hits.

Guillen hit just 124 homers in the big leagues, but it's his 123rd homer that may have been the most memorable. He hit a homer off of Angels starter Jered Weaver last July 31 and his celebration prompted Weaver to throw at the head of Alex Avila.

Watch the next-to-last homer of Guillen's career (and its aftermath) here:



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Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:04 pm
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Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Joel Zumaya to have Tommy John surgery

Joel ZumayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Joel Zumaya will attempt to return to baseball following his latest injury.

Zumaya will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow later this month. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.

He signed a one-year deal with the Twins, but hasn't decided whether to rehab with the Twins or on his own.

"We haven't figured all that out yet," Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told MLB.com. "We just talked to his agent last night. He just called me and said that after thinking about it that he'd like to see Dr. Andrews and he'd like to have the surgery at the end of March. I spoke with [head trainer] Rick McWane this morning, and he's going to set it up with Dr. Andrews tomorrow."

The Twins right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow while throwing batting practice on Feb. 25. He hasn't pitched since June of 2010 when he was with the Tigers. The surgery will be the sixth of his career.

Zumaya had said he wasn't sure he'd go through with another surgery.

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Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Fielding Bible projections for 2012 released



By Matt Snyder


Highly-respected defensive analysts John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have released their Fielding Bible projections for the 2012 Major League Baseball season, with the Tampa Bay Rays being projected as the best defense in the majors and the Miami Marlins proejected to have the worst.

The system used in the Fielding Bible is "defensive runs saved," which doesn't only factor in errors, it also uses range and player placement to determine how many runs a defense either saves pitchers or costs them. Clubs with a positive score are said to have defensively saved pitchers runs while those with a negative score have cost their pitching stuff some runs.

Last season, the Rays were the best in the majors with a +85 score. That's quite a feat, saving 85 runs for your pitching staff. On the flip side, the Marlins checked in with a -75, which is flat-out atrocious.

This season, the projections have the Rays saving 42 runs and the Marlins at a -30.

The top five projected defenses for 2012, in order, in the projections: Rays, Mariners, Reds, Rangers and Angels.

The bottom five, listed from 26-30: Orioles, Cubs, Mets, Twins and Marlins.

The Phillies made the highest leap from last year's score to this year's projection, going from a -59 ('11 score) to +6. Losing Raul Ibanez from left field helps, as does having a full season of Hunter Pence and someone other than Ryan Howard manning first base for a few months, the press release for the Fielding Bible noted.

Other teams with projections showing a big improvement from last season were the Mariners, Rangers, Yankees and A's (though the A's are still projected in the negative).

The clubs expected to take the biggest hit defensively are the Astros (going from 12th ranked to 25th) and Dodgers (11th to 24th). Losing Pence and Michael Bourn for the first half of the season has to be a major part of the Astros slide. The Tigers -- with Miguel Cabrera shifting to third base -- Brewers, Padres and Rockies are also projected to fall down the Fielding Bible standings.

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Tigers still might trade for a starting pitcher



By Matt Snyder


The Tigers enter the 2012 season as the overwhelming favorites to win the AL Central division. But that doesn't mean the front office is planning on sitting back and taking it easy. In fact, the Tigers are going to be scouting starting pitchers from other clubs this spring, says assistant general manager Al Avila (Alex's father), per MLive.com.

“We’ll be looking at other pitchers in other camps throughout spring training to see if there’s anything that makes sense for us,” Avila said (MLive.com).

Tigers in spring training
The Tigers were turned down when they offered free agent starter Roy Oswalt a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com learned. They were also heavily connected to Matt Garza of the Cubs in trade rumors throughout December and January.

As things currently stand, prospect Jacob Turner is the most likely candidate to end up as the Tigers' fifth starter behind Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello. It's just that the Tigers seem very eager to win the World Series this season, without being patient, and Turner is only 20 years old. Plus, he struggled in his small sample of three starts last season for the Tigers.

We know Oswalt won't accept an offer and is planning on only pitching around a half-season anyway, but it'll be interesting to see if a trade for Garza or anyone else comes to fruition. The Tigers have pretty much already gone all-in for the season, so why stop now?

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Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:06 am
 

Joel Zumaya unsure about his future

Joel Zumaya

By C. Trent Rosecrans


One of baseball's saddest stories of recent vintage may be coming to a close. Joel Zumaya, who suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament this weekend, is out for the season and sounds like a man who may retire.

Zumaya spoke to reporters on Monday morning and said he was considering not having another surgery on his seemingly cursed right arm. From La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune:

"I know I'm young, but I'm going to probably be going on six surgery if I get another one," Zumaya said. "I'm only 27 years old and I've taken a lot of wear and tear on my body, especially my arm, and then rehab -- it's a lot out of you. So I have a little two-and-a-half-year-old; maybe it's time to move on. I'm a pretty dang good fisherman, so I might pursue professional fishing…"

Zumaya said he hasn't made a decision yet, but he expects to do so soon.

"I went home, tried to make a decision -- I've got family here with me -- but it's a tough decision, so I'm going to go on within the next day or two and make a decision," Zumaya told reporters (again, via the Star Tribune). "I spoke to [Twins general manager] Terry [Ryan] and told him that I'll probably give him a call within the next 24 hours to determine if I'm going to get cut up or not."

I'm not sure you use the term "get cut up" if you're planning on having surgery. And at this point, who can blame Zumaya for not wanting to go through another surgery and rehab.

That said, Zumaya has said this before. In November of 2010, Zumaya told MLB.com's Jason Beck, "If I get hurt again, I'm basically going to be done with baseball. I'm going to have to find another job."

Of course, with that, the guy who called himself "china doll" go to have another surgery on his right elbow last May after making it through just one spring training outing last season. Zumaya then signed a one-year deal with the Twins. He will still be paid $400,000 this season, but it's unlikely he'll get another big-league deal even if he does try to come back again.

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Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:39 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Joel Zumaya has torn UCL, is out for season



By Matt Snyder


Saturday, oft-injured Twins relief pitcher Joel Zumaya had a bullpen session cut short when he felt something in his elbow. Unfortunately, it appears the news is as bad as it could be. An MRI revealed that Zumaya has torn the ulnar-collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. For those unaware what this means, tearing the UCL means the pitcher will need Tommy John surgery in order to recover.

"He feels bad, I feel bad. Not the news I wanted to hear on Sunday morning," said Twins GM Terry Ryan (Dustin Morse on Twitter). "This is a 12 month thing."

So Zumaya's 2012 season is already over. In fact, one has to wonder how much more he can take before calling it a career. Since the 2007 season began, Zumaya has suffered a ruptured hand tendon, separated shoulder, a fracture in his elbow area and more. He only appeared in an average of 27 games from 2007-10 and missed all of 2011 after exploratory surgery in his elbow.

“He’s distraught, as you’d expect,” Ryan said (Associated Press). “He’s going to come in here in the next day or so and we’re going to talk about the immediate future for him.”

Zumaya stormed onto the scene as a rookie in 2006 for the Tigers when he was just 21 years old. He lit up the radar gun in triple-digit fashion with ease, even getting clocked up in the 104 miles per hour range. He had a 1.94 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 83 1/3 innings that season. He appeared ready to be one of the league's elite bullpen pitchers for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, he's never been able to stay healthy since.

The Twins signed Zumaya to a one-year, $850,000 contract this past offseason for bullpen depth. They will, however, only be on the hook for $400,000 since he won't be on the opening day roster. In a very short time, he already made a strong impression in the Twins' clubhouse.

“He looks like some monster out there pitching against you,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said (AP). “But you get him in your clubhouse and you realize there’s special people and he’s a special person and it’s a really sad day for him and his family and our baseball team, too, because we were all hoping this guy would be able to get back on this thing and make it through. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.”

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Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:13 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Joel Zumaya hurt again

Joel Zumaya

By C. Trent Rosecrans


If Friday was a Grady Sizemore injury, Saturday must mean it was time for Joel Zumaya to get hurt, isn't it.

Unfortunately, that was the case. Zumaya, now a Twin, cut short a throwing session on Saturday after about 15 pitches. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters (via MLB.com).

General manager Terry Ryan said the MRI would be on the inside of Zumaya's right elbow.

"Obviously he felt something that was discomforting so he came off, which was right," Ryan said, according to the Star Tribune. "We've had this happen down here  before. We've had people walk off the mound because they were hurt. I'm glad he came off there, we'll get it addressed tomorrow and see what the results of that MRI are. It would be a little less concerning if we didn't have the history with him, which he's experienced in his career.

"There's not a lot I give you until we get the results. They'll be out fairly soon. We'll get him in tomorrow morning, which is a good thing, Sunday morning."

Zumaya declined to speak to reporters.

CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports Zumaya said he felt "something" and wasn't happy as he left the field.

The right-hander missed all of 2011 after undergoing elbow surgery last spring training and hasn't played in a game since June 28, 2010, when he fractured his elbow while pitching for the Tigers against the Twins.

A rookie sensation in 2006, Zumaya appeared in 62 games, striking out 97 batters in 83 1/3 innings and lighting up radar guns, while putting up a 1.94 ERA for the Tigers. Since then, he's appeared in just 109 games over four seasons and no more than 31 in any season. His strikeout rate has been around one per inning since his rookie season, but hasn't exceeded it.

In 2007 he had a finger injury and a shoulder injury limited him in 2009 and 2009 before undergoing season-ending surgery.

The Twins signed the 27-year-old to a one-year contract in the offseason.

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