"He's a 6-foot, right-handed pitcher, who throws strikes and gets people out. There were not any hickeys with him. He's healthy. He's got good makeup. However, we felt when we looked up at our board and had to make the decision on the 40-man between the Dewon Days and the Adam Russells and the group of guys we had coming up, we felt that [Hernandez] fell short of our projections on the 40-man. He's healthy, and we wish him the best. ... We put the players on the roster as a group decision, where we felt they would bring some value back to the ballclub. We didn't have any surprises and collectively gathered our opinions leading up to this Draft, and the other teams made their decisions as such."Jim in Maine has more on the Sox moves in the Rule 5 draft.
- Jim's take at Kenny's latest comments.
- BP guesses the first 10 picks in the upcoming June draft. BTB reviews the Rule 5 draft.
- Royals manager Trey Hillman says, from what he saw in Japan, Kosuke Fukudome as a player is the same class with Akinori Iwamura.
- Big Jim dropped the puck at yesterday's Blackhawks' game.
- Hot Stove: 5-7 MLB teams are interested in Alexei Ramirez who now "can play second base or outfield" (originally he was a SS/CF) and has some residency issues to clear and isn't clear if he can field offers from MLB teams. -- Andruw Jones' deal with LAD: $9MM in '08, $15MM in '09, $12.2MM signing bonus, and a no-trade clause. The Dodgers will trade Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier in a package for a frontline starter. -- The Cardinals released So Taguchi to make room for Rule 5 draftee Brian Barton.
- Which team had the best defense in 2007? BTW, BP has links to many defensive statistics. The UZR link leads to an Excel file.
- THT: Anatomy of a player: Tim Lincecum.