MLB Warm Oven: Scorching Grill

Mood Music - Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Ryan Madson: Loser of the Offseason
Remember when the Phillies were on the brink of giving Ryan Madson over $40 million before pulling the plug to fill up Jonathan Papelbon's van with money? Similar to what happened last year with Rafael Soriano, there does not seem to be much noise around Madson, despite some stellar seasons in Philadelphia. Hopefully this time he doesn't end up in New York with a fistful of opt-out clauses and a fairy tale about shortened games.

Worst Defenders Since 2002
Since UZR came into being, the very worst of the worst defensively. Topping the list are Manny Ramirez (who retired in protest) and Bernie Williams. Given that Bernie is now on the Hall of Fame ballot, there will be a lot of retroactive evaluation of his defense, which defensive statistics rate as solid in the first half of his career and abysmal in the second half.

Melvin Mora has Retired
Melvin Mora hit .340/.419/.562 in 2004. He hit .228/.244/.276 in 2011.

Evan Longoria Denies Trade Talk
When rumors surface on Twitter that you've become dissatisfied with your team's small-marketness, the only way to dispel such nonsense is via text message. Evan Longoria knows this. No word yet on Joe Maddon's ironic iPhone response.

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