Fredi On Hanley Starting Wednesday: “We’ll See”

The Marlins marched on without Hanley Ramirez Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Diamondbacks 8-0 behind two RBIs from Ramirez replacement Brian Barden and stellar pitching by Josh Johnson.

Hanley Ramirez and Fredi Gonzalez

Ramirez was benched today after not hustling during the Marlins 5-1 loss to Arizona last night and making incendiary remarks about Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez Tuesday morning.

Though Ramirez did not speak to the media after the team’s victory without him today, manager Gonzalez did address Ramirez’s current status with the team following the game. Read more…

Detroit Tigers’ New Team Slogan? Winner Winner

Miguel Cabrera signed a seven-year extension to his 2007 one-year contract over the weekend. Pending a physical today, he will be $141m richer than he was a week ago. He joins fellow Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson and Dontrelle Willis with lucrative ink stains on their signing hands last winter. Eyes have popped at each of the contracts, none moreso than Cabrera.

Detroit Tigers vie for World Series title

Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Little Caesars pizza chain and the Tigers, has jacked the Opening Day payroll over $95m this season, up from $47m in 2004. His controversial signings of Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordoñez, and Gary Sheffield have yielded a highly competitive team; these newest extensions solidify the future of the franchise on the field.

While Cabrera’s new contract might be the most lucrative, it’s not the most important extension Ilitch has ever given out. No, that honor goes to…
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