At some point today, we’ll get word on whether the Yankees have offered a 2010 contract to Chien-Ming Wang and their other arbitration eligible players. For now, though, it’s just another Saturday morning. Here are a few links and bits of information.
• The Phillies have signed Cody Ransom to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Wilson Valdez was also invited to big league camp. The Phillies signed Juan Castro to a major league deal earlier this month. Castro should be the front runner for the utility job in Philadelphia, with Ransom and Valdez competing.
• Josh Towers signed a with the Dodgers. Toward the end of the season, Towers was talking about trying to play overseas, but apparently his deal with the Dodgers pays $700,000 if he’s in the big leagues, $100,000 even if he’s in the minors. Hard to turn that down.
• The Big Lead did a short interview with Curtis Granderson. “I’ve hit just about everywhere (in the lineup),” Granderson said. “If I’m at the top I’ll have to get on base and if they put me in the middle, I’ll drive in runs.”
• The Tigers haven’t ruled out moving Phil Coke into the rotation. Coke was a starter through most of his minor league career, but things took off for him when he moved to the bullpen. He has a changeup, but I think — not that I’m a scout in any way — that he’s better off staying in the bullpen so he can lean on his fastball and slider.
• More than five years before taking Kanekoa Texeira in the Rule 5 draft, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik originally tried to sign Texeira out of high school. Zduriencik was with the Brewers when they drafted Texeira in 2004, but Texeira didn’t sign and wound up being drafted by the White Sox, traded to the Yankees and taken by Zduriencik’s current team in Thursday’s Rule 5.