Shawn Hill gets arbitration victory
Nationals pitcher is first to receive arb judgment this winter
Shawn Hill prevailed in the first arbitration case for 2009.
The arbitration case was heard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, and the result came back on Saturday.
"I was very happy, obviously," Hill told the Washington Post. "Somewhat surprised, just knowing that the owners do have the advantage historically, and they've been 60 or 65 percent in the last couple years. We were kind of going up against it. I didn't expect it to go all the way to the hearing, but I'm pleased with the outcome."
Hearings are scheduled to run until Feb. 20, and players and clubs can settle anytime before a hearing is held. Some cases have been settled in the final minutes before the case goes to hearing.
Bruney continues to shed pounds: Brian Bruney, a key figure in the Yankees bullpen, has trimmed 16 pounds this offseason. The 6-foot-3 right-hander currently weighs in at 219 pounds.
"I think earlier in my career, I took a lot of things for granted," Bruney told the New York Daily News. "I didn't see the opportunity in New York as something that was once in a lifetime, which it really is. I'm getting older and I had a kid. I'm not young anymore, man.
"I thought it was time to figure things out and really do what I know I can do. I don't want to be one of those up-and-down guys, great one day and horrible the next. I want to be consistently good. Eating healthy, exercising, things every pro athlete should do to maintain a high level, I didn't do. I started doing it last offseason and last year was one of my better years."
Glavine gets offer: The Braves have extended a contract offer to Tom Glavine, but the Hall of Fame-bound left-hander hasn't indicated he's prepared to accept a significant pay cut.
Glavine, who spent the first 16 years of his career with the Braves before moving to the New York Mets for five seasons, returned to Atlanta in 2008.
The 42-year-old is recovering nicely from surgery to both his shoulder and his elbow and expects to be ready to pitch in Spring Training games. Glavine would be in competition for the club's fifth-starter spot.
"I understand that [competition] is there," Glavine told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But at the same time, I think if I'm healthy and doing what I'm capable of doing, I'm a better option than those other guys.
"I think I make a rotation stronger. I understand those guys are waiting in the wings, and somewhere down the line they're going to be productive in the rotation. But I think if all things are equal, I'm the better option."
Randy Johnson seeks more than 300th win: Randy Johnson was in San Francisco's China Basin for the team's annual FanFest. Johnson met with reporters and touched on numerous subjects, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, including his chase to 300 wins. He enters the season five wins shy of the coveted mark.
"I'm riding off into the sunset in a lot of people's eyes, but not mine, because I'm still motivated to go out there and win. I'm surely not about five wins. I'm about winning anywhere between 15 and 20 games," Johnson said.
Garret Anderson 'not nervous' about future: When the Angels informed Garret Anderson that they were buying out his option and making him a free agent, he eventually hired agent Scott Boras.
Anderson, who would like to continue his pursuit of 3,000 hits, is waiting out what has been a slowly developing market.
"I'm not nervous -- not at all," Anderson told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not calling my agent every day -- only on a need-be basis."
Chamberlain gets in starting mode: After the end of the 2008 season, Joba Chamberlain had a talk with New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and was told to prepare himself to be a starter this year. Since then, that is what the right-hander has done.
"Physically, you're not going to do anything differently, but the game is so hard mentally, so to know that I'd prepare only as a starter was a little calming to me," Chamberlain told the New York Daily Post. "You just prepare like you're going to get 30 starts and pitch 200 innings, so that's the mindset you get, and I got into it early.
"I was excited that they wanted me in a starting role."
Floyd brings bat, experience to Padres: The San Diego Padres signed Cliff Floyd to a one-year contract, giving the team an experienced left-handed hitter who can come off the bench.
"I doubt Cliff will play a lot of outfield for us," Padres general manager Kevin Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "But he gives us a solid left-handed bat and brings some intangibles to the clubhouse that we need down there. He's a great guy with leadership qualities.
"Cliff reminds me a little bit of Mike Cameron."
Floyd provided veteran experience to Tampa Bay last season and hit .268 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs in 246 at-bats, covering 80 games.
Laird ready to get to know pitching staff: Newly signed Gerald Laird knows that every pitching staff is different. So with Spring Training approaching, the Detroit Tigers catcher plans to get in as much work as he can to make him the best receiver possible.
"My staffs, they're all different," Laird told MLB.com. "There are guys that you can get on. There are guys you have to go out and kind of cradle. They all have different personalities. There are some guys you can go out there and make them smile and kind of get them on track again. That's my job -- to get to know them on and off the field. I'm better off doing that."
Howard's tenure in Philly extended three years: Ryan Howard reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Phillies.
"I'm happy to have this done and to know that I'll be in Philadelphia for at least another three years," Howard said in a statement cited in the Philadelphia Daily News. "Both sides are happy, and now I'm just focused on getting the season started and having fun."
Teahen putting his time in at second base: There is a possibility Mark Teahen will see some time at second base for the Royals in 2009, so he prepared for that in the offseason.
"I've been out here taking some ground balls at second base, trying to work on some stuff, trying to get comfortable at that," Teahen told MLB.com. "But I'm still mixing it in a little at third and at first to at least stay somewhat aware. I'm mainly just working at second base because that's the one spot I haven't played recently."
Bannister shapes up with personal trainer: One of Brian Bannister's offseason goals was to get himself into the best physical condition possible.
"I worked with a personal trainer this offseason for the first time in order to improve my physical conditioning and strength," Bannister told MLB.com. "I think people know me as an intelligent guy, but I tried not to think about that at all and just focus on how good a shape could I get in and how much better could I make my pitches."
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