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MLB World Series 2010 News | Archive January 22, 2010


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Mets-Marlins may be moved to San Juan

The Associated Press
January 22, 2010

NEW YORK, NY — Major League Baseball and the players' association are close to moving a three-game series between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins to San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium from June 28-30, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Management and the union also are in the final stages of arranging a spring training trip for the Los Angeles Dodgers to play in Taiwan against the country's national team on March 13 and 14, the people said.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because agreements for the trips had not been completed.

The Mets-Marlins series originally was set to be in Miami, and the Marlins would remain the home team.

Hiram Bithorn hosted 22 Montreal Expos home games in each of the 2003 and 2004 seasons before the franchise relocated to Washington and was renamed the Nationals. Average attendance dropped from 14,000 in 2003 to 10,000 in 2004.

In addition, the ballpark also hosted the 2001 season opener between Texas and Toronto, and it was the site of games during the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

The Dodgers have been among the major league teams most interested in international play. Two years ago, they traveled to Beijing for a pair of March exhibition games against the San Diego Padres.

Their spring training trip is to be announced Friday at a news conference in Taiwan.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers said they will play the Cincinnati Reds in a split-squad exhibition game at Las Vegas' Cashman Field on March 31.

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Matsui likes Japan series

The Associated Press
January 22, 2010

World Series MVP Hideki Matsui likes the idea of games between the World Series and Japan Series champions even though he may be retired by the time such a matchup takes place.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig told his Japanese counterpart earlier this month that he is open to games between the champions of both countries but no steps have been taken to set up such a series.

"If it ever happens, I would be happy and I'm sure the fans would enjoy it," Matsui said Wednesday. "A lot of details would have to be worked out like where to play the games, and it's possible I'll be retired by the time they get it organized."

Japan has won the World Baseball Classic twice but Matsui opted out of both tournaments, saying he wanted to prepare for the regular season.

Matsui signed a $6 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels last month.
Dodgers, Ethier reach agreement

Outfielder Andre Ethier has agreed to a $15.25 million, two-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ethier gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $5.5 million this year and $9.25 million in 2011.

He batted .272 with 31 homers and 106 RBIs last season, helping the Dodgers reach the NL championship series for the second straight year.

Closer Jonathan Broxton is the Dodgers' last remaining player in arbitration. Los Angeles was close to finalizing an $11 million, two-year deal that would pay him $4 million this year and $7 million in 2011. The salary in the second season could escalate to $7.5 million.

Giants send pitcher to Blue Jays

The San Francisco Giants traded right-hander Merkin Valdez to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.

The 28-year-old Valdez was designated for assignment last Thursday to clear roster room for newly signed cleanup hitter Aubrey Huff .

Valdez went 2-1 with a 5.66 ERA in 48 relief appearances last season. Valdez underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on Sept. 27, 2006, and returned briefly in 2008 before going on the disabled list.
Around the league

Brewers » Left-hander Doug Davis and the team are close to finishing a $5.25 million, one-year contract to bring the former starter back to Milwaukee.

Rays » Tampa Bay has agreed to a minor league contract with Stepan Havlicek , a 16-year-old left-handed pitcher and member of the Czech Republic's junior national team.

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