Ground control to Major Todd
January 7 2007
This article is full of interesting stuff: The Phillies have offered Todd Hollandsworth a minor league deal, but Hollandsworth is still looking for a big league deal. Hollandsworth will turn 34 in March and was the NL Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers in 1996. He was awful last season with the Reds and Indians, hitting 246/275/429 with seven home runs in 224 at-bats. He struggled in 2005 as well, but hit 318/392/547 in 148 at-bats with the Cubs in '04.
Also in the article, Reading pitching coach Tom Filer sings the praises of Rule 5 pickup Jim Ed Warden, saying he's surprised Warden has yet to make it in the big leagues. Warden is a tall righty with a funky delivery who threw to 2.90 ERA in 55 relief appearances at Double-A last season, allowing just 35 hits in 59 innings while striking out 47.
The Nats have offered contracts to about a bazillion people in their efforts to fill out their rotation, including but not limited to Tony Armas, Jr, Ramon Ortiz, Steve Trachsel, Jorge Sosa and Jerome Williams.