The Phillies are beginning to do some house cleaning with the release of Marcus Giles and the minor league assignments of John Mayberry Jr., Carlos Carrasco, Jason Ellison, Pablo Ozuna, and Mike Koplove. This is on the heels of the Ronny Paulino trade, so the 25-man roster that will be heading north is sorting itself out.
That leaves Miguel Cairo still fighting for the righthanded bench bat slot, but remember Jenkins and Stairs are still employed by the Phillies. There's talk that since the Phils don't need a 5th starter until April 20th, they could go with an 11 man pitching staff until then, thus opening up a roster spot for Cairo. Gary Majewski remains in the relief mix, but the final bullpen spot is expected to be taken by newly acquired lefty Jack Taschner (although he does have an option remaining), as it looks to be Happ winning the 5th spot in the rotation with Ho Park heading to relief. Pitcher and Rule 5 pick Bobby Mosebach is still in camp, but it's very unlikely the Phils would keep him on the 25-man roster all season, nor should they.
Worth Reading: Jayson Stark takes a look at the new era of Moneyball and names Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Cole Hamels to the "All-Money Player Team", Chase Utley to the "All Pay-Per-View Team", Jimmy Rollins to the "All-Chapter 11 Team", Miguel Cairo, Jamie Moyer, and Matt Stairs to the "Most Traded Stocks" team, Jason Donald to the "All-Futures Market Team", and Jayson Werth and Citizens Back Park to the "All-Moneyball-Name Team".
As if the Pirates haven't already sucked long enough (16 straight years with a losing record), they're taking measures to ensure sucking even longer. They've become so accustomed to sucking they don't even know how to exist without sucking. Hence the opening of negotiations with Jack Wilson on a contract extension. Wilson is a burden to the team, and they should have traded him one the many opportunities that were presented over the past couple seasons. But no, Jack remains a Bucco, a high-paid one at that, but doesn't really do anything to help them win aside from playing decent defense. Wilson is set to make $7.25M this season and has an option for $8.4M in 2010. Why the hell does Pittsburgh need an aging shortstop with a career line of: .269/.312/.375? No wonder this franchise is in the shitter.
Another crazy story of a different ilk is the Jose Tabata saga. The 20 year old is apparently married to a lunatic, kidnapping, fake pregnancy selling 43 year old woman. Seriously, WTF?! From the MLB article- In addition to the kidnapping charges against his wife, Tabata has also learned this week of other unknowns truths about her. Tabata did not have knowledge of his wife's conviction for fraud, arson and theft in 1999 and her subsequent 33 months in jail. He would have been 11 at the time of those crimes. That's soap opera worthy right there.