John Lackey, who won Game 7 of the '02 World Series as a rookie, wants to experience that same feeling with the Red Sox.
12/18/2009 12:45 PM ET
Winner Lackey signs with Red Sox
Big righty hopes to get back to 2002 glory in Boston
"Obviously, I've been here for some big games and really competed against these guys quite a bit," Lackey told MLB.com. "I'm here to win. That's the bottom line. I've always had a lot of respect for this organization from the other side. Winning is the biggest thing for me, and I know this organization has a great chance to do that, and hopefully I can help out."
Players Association, MLB hire fitness expert: The Players Association and Major League Baseball have together hired a Joint Strength and Conditioning Coordinator to provide guidance and identify best practices for clubs and players on issues involving conditioning, fitness, nutrition and other related subjects.
Tim Maxey, who completed his seventh season as strength and conditioning coach of the Indians in 2009, will develop educational programs and assist with the establishment of industry-wide initiatives. He will visit each club during Spring Training.
Maxey has previously served MLB and the MLBPA on its Strength and Conditioning Advisory Board and has been an advisor to the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Prior to working for the Indians, Maxey was a part of the Royals organization from 1998-2002, serving as the strength and conditioning coordinator the last four years.
Maxey is a National Strength and Conditioning Association-certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered strength and conditioning coach. The Ohio native is a graduate of Shawnee State University and holds a Master's Degree in physical education from Ohio State University.
Fulchino finds niche as a reliever: Jeff Fulchino, who came over from the Royals organization and led Astros relievers in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts last season, will be a key fixture in the club's bullpen going into the season.
"I think everybody has a niche," Fulchino told MLB.com. "For whatever reason, you might be better at one thing than you are at another. This was my first full year as a reliever, but I've been more successful. You can't argue with that. For whatever reason, it's worked out that way."
The right-hander, who had just 13 Major League appearances prior to 2009, ended the season 6-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 82 innings and was named the team's Rookie of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Granderson aiming to help Yankees repeat: Curtis Granderson was introduced by the Yankees on Thursday.
"I'm excited to get a chance to be here with the defending world champions," Granderson told MLB.com. "Hopefully we can look to repeat and add titles throughout the course of my career and be in the great city of New York."
Granderson was an All-Star for the Tigers last season and hit 30 home runs to go along with 20 steals.
Penny finally gets his wish with Cardinals: Brad Penny was a Cardinals fan while growing up in Oklahoma.
"I'm glad that we were actually able to work something out this year," Penny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I grew up a Cardinals fan. I grew up an Ozzie Smith fan. I've wanted to play for them before, and I thought it was going to work out a few times in the past. I thought maybe last year, but they were set.
"This is exciting, because I've tried before."
Hafner appears to be back on track: A year removed from arthroscopic right shoulder surgery, Travis Hafner should be ready for full action in 2010.
"We're going to get together with our medical staff and the conditioning staff to put a plan in place," manager Manny Acta told MLB.com. "But that being said, our plan is that he's going to get days off here and there, but nothing as he was in the past, where he couldn't play a certain amount of games in a row."
Halladay ready for a new beginning with Phillies: Now that he's with the Phillies, Roy Halladay is ready for a new chapter in his baseball career.
"This is going to give me a chance to go out and achieve the goals I've strived for in this game," Halladay told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It was an easy decision for me once the opportunity arrived. To be part of this is something I couldn't pass up. There are things in life and in business that are more important, and this is one of them. There are just so many positives for me and my family."
Putz prepared to take on setup role: J. J. Putz doesn't feel like he needs to close games to be effective for the White Sox.
"Obviously, we have a great closer in Bobby Jenks and a great left-handed setup guy in Matt Thornton," Putz told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm thinking going into it, I'll be a seventh-, eighth-inning guy with the right-handers and Matt with the left-handers, trying to hand the ball to Bobby as often as we can."
Matsui brings media frenzy to Angels: Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP with the Yankees, brought a huge Japanese media contingent with him to Orange County for his introduction as a member of the Angels.
"It's been like this since Day 1 of professional baseball for me, so, from that sense, I'm used to it," Matsui told the Los Angeles Times of the media blitz. "I don't know how my teammates will react to it, but I want to make sure I don't inconvenience them."
Taylor makes shift from Blue Jays to A's: The A's continued to revamp their roster, trading top prospect Brett Wallace, acquired from the Cardinals in the Matt Holliday deal, to the Blue Jays for Michael Taylor. Toronto received Taylor from Philadelphia in the Roy Halladay deal.
"Michael is a stud, for lack of a better word," Triple-A Sacramento infielder Adrian Cardenas, who played in the Philadelphia system with Taylor, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He's just a great player and very passionate about the game."
"Obviously, this trade gives me the chance to go out there and hopefully show what I can do and earn a spot," Taylor said.
Lee expected to remain with Phillies: Cliff Lee thought he was entering negotiations for a long-term deal before the Phillies abruptly traded him to the Mariners.
"At first, I didn't believe it because I had thought we were working out an extension with the Phillies and I would spend the rest of my career there," Lee told the Seattle Times. "That's what I was thinking. It goes to show that this is a business and you never know what is going to happen until you have a full no-trade clause."
"I'm looking forward to helping the Mariners win and doing my job every time I take the mound," Lee said. "But my initial reaction was disbelief and shock. But after that set in, looking at the Mariners team and what they've got, I like what they've got."
Cameron secures outfield spot in Boston: Mike Cameron, who agreed to a two-year contract with the Red Sox, likes the idea of performing in one of Major League baseball's most passionate places.
"Why did I choose Boston? Because I felt like I played in a large market before, and I understand the values and the hard work you have to put in because you can be very scrutinized at times," Cameron told the MLB.com. "At the same time, the opportunity to really win a championship. I've pretty much gotten to the end of the road so many times and so close, but nothing to show for it. With the addition of Lackey and the guys that are already here being through it a couple of times, I just feel like the opportunity is pretty good for me to come out and compete and try to do some big things."
Hawksworth sees early end to fantasy football season: Blake Hawksworth admits this hasn't been the greatest offseason he's ever had.
"It's been a tough week for me because I have to sadly report that my fantasy football team has been eliminated from the league with all Cardinal players," the St. Louis pitcher wrote in his St. Louis Globe-Democrat blog. "Skip Schumaker and I went in together on a team, and we, by far, had the best team on paper in the league. That's probably why this loss was so hard to take! Phillip Rivers, D'Angelo Williams, St. Louis' own Steven Jackson, Greg Jennings, Jason Witten, and Wes Welker. Yeah, I know ... How could we lose?!"
-- Red Line Editorial