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April 21, 2006 April 21, 2006

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Bluefish Finalize Deals: Updating an earlier story, the Bluefish did eventually come to terms with big league pitchers Brian Boehringer, Will Cunnane and Donovan Osborne.

However, in a new development, the team also signed Pedro Borbon, who had previously been Osborne’s teammate on the Ducks.

Another interesting addition is former Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons outfielder Buzz Hannahan. Quite possibly the first “Buzz” in AL history, the 29 year-old went to Spring Training with the Phillies from 2003 to 2005 before ultimately being released. He also went to the Arizona Fall League on the Phillies dime in 2004, so that shows you what they thought of this guy at one point.

His name stands out because I got to see him play at that Red Barons game I covered last year. He went 1-for-4 with a run that day, but I recall him making some nice plays in the field on a very difficult playing surface to get used to – Astroturf.

Bears Add Two Big Leaguers: The Bears have officially added P Jeremy Hill and INF Donaldo Mendez. Hill pitched for the Royals in 2002 and Mendez played for the Padres in 2001 and 2003.

Other new names on the roster include OF Michael Moore and UTIL Jonathan Thomas. Jokes could easily be made about Moore’s documentary skills and Thomas’ run on Home Improvement, but I think I’ll let you use your imaginations on those. Moore was with the club last year and apparently Thomas was as well, getting into two games while serving as the team’s backup catchers.

Moore is a pretty talented athlete, as he played wide receiver at UCLA and was the Dodgers first round pick in 1992. He’s played with Nashua and Long Island in the league as well.

19 year-old INF Chris Gallagher is also listed on the team’s roster after making the team out of tryouts. P Hatuey Mendoza is a 27 year-old Dominican pitcher with experience in the D’Backs organization that’s listed on the roster as well.

Barnstormers Updates: Anyone who reads this site regularly knows that neither Scott or myself has had the easiest time communicating with the Lancaster front office, but that won’t stop me from commending them for doing a great job on keeping their fans updated with the happenings of Spring Training. They did this last year as well, but I thought it might have been a one-off kind of deal. But, if you head over to their website, you can read daily updates from Florida.

It also appears they have a new DVD for sale chronicling the team’s first season the baseball’s return to the town. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of that, I don’t think any other AL team has a DVD out. However, for those of you with VCR’s, I highly recommend “Bottom of the Ninth,” the documentary on the 2001 Patriots.

Dunleavy At It Again: Kudos to Courier News writer Ryan Dunleavy for breaking the story that Juan Gonzalez may be headed to the Atlantic League. If you read the news updates of the past week, you can put two and two together and figure out who I heard he’s negotiating with.

However, with things the way they are with the new company responsible signing players for four of the league’s teams, it appears that particular team might have some competition.

Oh, and by the way, that big name player I teased all last season? Jeremy Giambi. Put two of your fingers as close together as you possibly can. That’s how close that was to happening last season. I don’t know if he’s retired or what his deal is, but it would be nice to see him in the league this year. I can think of a few front offices that I know had some concerns about his past, but if the league is going to approve a John Rocker signing, then they’d gladly let Giambi sign as well.

But yeah, I definitely encourage you guys to check out Ryan’s coverage of Patriots Spring Training. No way in hell I can afford to spend 10 days down there, or else I would be there, believe me. Seems like Lakeland is working out much better for the league than Homestead ever did. Definitely a situation I’d like to see for myself.

2005 Patriots Alumni Update:

Jeremy Owens is struggling with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (TB), hitting just .220 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 50 at-bats.

Brad Clontz, pitching for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (FLA), is faring much better, going 2-0 with one save and a 1.50 ERA in five appearances with the club.

Dave Elder, with the Triple-A Omaha Royals (KC), has one save in five games, but also has a 7.20 ERA. All together, he’s allowed nine runs in five innings, but only four of them were earned.

Derek Lee, now a member of the Oklahoma Redhawks (TEX), a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League, has a micropscopic 0.93 ERA in three games with the club. However, only one of those games was a start. Lee has no record with the team in 9.2 innings of work.

Ray Navarrete, in Triple-A with the Norfolk Tides (NYM), is hitting just .167 with one home run and two RBI in only 24 at-bats.

Bears Sign Three More: Newark has signed three catchers; John Nathans, Victor Valencia and Chris Torres. Nathans played with Nashua last year, Valencia has time in Triple-A under his belt, and Torres is the son of Bears hitting coach Victor Torres. Torres, apparently, was out of a job after Camden made Brad Strauss hitting coach and landed in Newark. News to me.

Former Duck to Can-Am League: Derrick Gibson, the 2003 Long Island Ducks outfielder, signed with New Haven of the Can-Am League today. I don’t know why he keeps going back there, he’s better than that league and there’s no reason he shouldn’t dominate there.

Darren Ciraco, who played with Newark last year, was traded to New Haven as well. Atlantic Leaguers unite! – Mike Ashmore

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