Found January 31, 2012 on Nationals Enquirer:
  (Here's Livo napping between pitches? No, this is Livo moments after Chris Denorfia of the Padres nearly took his head off with a line drive during a game back in June 2011. Go watch the video here. Screen grab via TV/MASN) "It was really, really scary. I opened my eyes again, and I’m thinking, ‘I could be done.’ I got lucky on that one. That might have been the end of my career right there." (Livan Hernandez, via Washington Post, 6/10/2011) Nope, he's not done yet: Mike Rizzo doesn't want him anymore, but Livan Hernandez signs minor league deal with the Astros. "Any time you get a chance to bring in an experienced Major League veteran, you've got to consider it. He brings a lot to us in terms of a veteran presence in the clubhouse and his ability to pitch a lot of innings and give our team a chance to stay in games, and that's really a big part of why we wanted to do it." (Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, via

Padres Agree to Minor League Deal with P Micah Owings

The San Diego Padres added a starting pitcher to big league camp by signing Micah Owings to a minor league deal. Owings holds a 32-31 career record with a 4.91 ERA in 5 seasons with the Reds and D-Backs. Last season, he was 8-0 with a 3.57 ERAwith the D-Backs, starting 4 games for them. He will definitely benefit from our huge ballpark if he makes it onto the big league roster. ...

Jason Bartlett, Or Not

The rumor mill keeps mentioning Sox interest in Bartlett, but all reports seem to refer to this Jayson Stark column (emphasis mine): If the Red Sox decide this spring they don’t like their shortstop options, one guy who’s still out there is Jason Bartlett. The Padres have been listening on Bartlett all winter. But the Red Sox would have the same reservations that have kept other...

Baseball IQ: Padres vs. Rockies

Welcome to the Friarhood chat for the Baseball IQ!  The Padres will feature Fred Gerson, Executive VP and CFO against Rockies Dir. of Retail Operations, Aaron Heinrich.  The event is January 31st at 6:30 pm PST on the MLB Network. "Baseball IQ features participants from front office personnel, equipment managers, scoreboard operators and museum curators. When possible, Baseball...

Daily Friar 2.1.12

Happy February to you all! There is a lot to look forward to this month when it comes to baseball. Pitchers and Catchers report very soon (18 days) which means spring training is about to start. Also on the 11th is FanFest, which will be a lot of fun for all the fans. I went last year and had a great time. I can only imagine that the crowd will be even bigger this year. Also as of...

Astros, RHP Hernandez agree to minor league deal

The Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez.The 36-year-old was invited to spring training.Hernandez is a former World Series MVP and was the opening day starter for the Washington Nationals last season.He went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games for the Nationals last year.

Padres RHP Moseley avoids arbitration, agrees to deal

San Diego Padres righthander Dustin Moseley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth just over $2 million on Tuesday. Moseley, who will make $2,012,500, posted a 3-10 mark with a 3.30 ERA in 20 starts last season. The 30-year-old Moseley has secured a 15-21 career record with a 4.61 ERA in six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees and Padres.

Phillies Sign RHP Chad Qualls

The Phillies have yet again added to their offseason shopping list. This time, they’ve reeled in a right-handed relief pitcher by the name of Chad Qualls. The 33 year-old Qualls has 8 major league seasons under his belt. In those 8, he’s garnered a career 38-34 record and a 3.78 ERA. Qualls last pitched for the San Diego Padres, where he appeared 77 times. Although posting...

Padres, righty Moseley settle on one-year for $2 million-plus

Right-hander Dustin Moseley has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. Moseley will make $2,012,500 this year, $12,500 below the midpoint of what he requested and the Padres offered. Moseley had asked for $2.55 million, San Diego offered $1.5 million.

Padres, Moseley agree to one-year contract

The Padres and right-hander Dustin Moseley have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the club announced Tuesday. San Diego now has all arbitration-eligible players under contract for 2012.

Padres avoid arbitration with Moseley

The San Diego Padres have agreed to a one- year contract with pitcher Dustin Moseley, avoiding arbitration in the process.

Padres work to avoid arbitration with 11 players

Padres director of baseball operations Josh Stein and several other front-office personnel -- including general manager Josh Byrnes -- completed a momentous task on Tuesday, when they agreed to terms with pitcher Dustin Moseley, the last of their 11 players who were eligible for salary arbitration.

Phillies sign RHP Qualls to 1-year deal (AP)

Right-hander Chad Qualls has signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal, announced on Tuesday, includes performance and awards bonuses. The 33-year-old Qualls went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 77 games for San Diego last season. Since 2005, Qualls has made more appearances (512) than any other pitcher and ranks second in relief wins (34), trailing...

Hernandez, Astros agree to minor league deal

The Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with former World Series MVP Livan Hernandez.

What Exactly are the Houston Astros doing?

I hate to focus on the local team as much as I do, but the news comes fast and furious when new owners and new general managers take over. Now, the Astros have a director of decision sciences in Sig Mejdal and a new statistical analyst in Mike Fast. These two moves alone represent a 180 degree turn from where the organization has been. Suddenly, an organization that...
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