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March 5, 2007 March 5, 2007

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Rob Cafiero Q&A Postponed: Since I won’t be home to do it, the Q&A with Ducks 1B Rob Cafiero has been postponed until March 12th at 7PM. It’s probably better off this way, because you guys have more time to send in more questions, and I’ll have time to allow Rob to answer more of them.

Returning Rivershark Angel Pena (Photo: Mike Ashmore, 2003)


Camden Filling Out Roster: While an official announcement is expected within the week, I can tell you that the Camden Riversharks have agreed to terms with a few more players.

The name I’m most excited about is C Angel Pena, the former Los Angeles Dodger who was with the Riversharks back in 2003.

Along with Pena, the team has signed RHP Bryan Edwards, LHP Ryan Costello, RHP Brendon Davis, RHP Caleb Balbuena and 2B Ramon Nivar.

The team is also reportedly in talks with two other pitchers from last year’s team.

Pena hit .338 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI in his stint with Camden. He most recently played in the Mexican League last season. He reached the show with the Dodgers in 1998, 1999 and 2001.

Edwards’ name might be familiar to Mets fans, as he spent the past three years in their organization. He was primarily a starter at Double-A Binghamton over the past two seasons and does have previous indy ball experience, having played for Yuba-Sutter of the Western League in 2002.

Costello spent all of last season in Camden’s starting rotation, going 7-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 26 starts. He lives in the area, and was a logical choice to bring back.

Davis also spent all of last year with the Riversharks, and was used in a variety of roles. He went 3-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 2006.

Balbuena was someone Riversharks’ officials made a priority this off-season. They liked what they saw during his brief Atlantic League debut last season, and the numbers back those claims up. In ten games with the Surf, the 6′ 7″ righty had no wins or losses, but did post a spiffy 1.69 ERA. This will be the former Mariners draft pick’s sixth different independent baseball team.

Nivar also reached the big leagues and can play in the outfield as well.

Based on his credentials, he could be one of the first players out of the league this season.

He played in the 2003 Futures Game and was the 2003 Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Year. He played for the Texas Rangers in 2003 and 2004 and again got to the big leagues with Baltimore in 2005.

This is a nice signing for Camden, definitely the best new face they’ve picked up.

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