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Friday Morning Rockpile: As The Catching Situation Turns

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For a team with a minuscule payroll, the Marlins have "set aside a healthy allocation to address their catching deficiencies." Apparently, club officials believe trading Miguel Cabrera will give the team the payroll flexibility to do this. So the Marlins want to get Cabrera's trade value now, because whichever team acquires him will get two years of his service before he hits free agency. But to do it in order to bring in Yorvit Torrealba? Just read the first line of the article: it's about defense.

Yorvit Torrealba, highest-paid Marlin. If you're a Marlins fan, you're asking yourself if this will really happen. If you're a Rockies fan, you're telling yourself that it's well-deserved for Torrealba.

The same article also indicated the Brewers and Blue Jays have some interest in Torrealba. Whichever team is lucky enough to acquire our former starting catcher's services won't have to settle for Michael Barrett, whom the Rockies have an interest in. Oh, how I hope Ramon Castro doesn't sign a two-year deal with the Mets.

All base coaches are now required to wear a helmet. There's no decision yet on what type of helmet the coaches wear, but this is a step in the right direction for MLB to protect its coaches.

You can find the results for the SBN AL MVP after the fold.

MVP: Voting 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

American League 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Points
Alex Rodriguez 19 - - - - - - - - - 266
Magglio Ordonez - 13 3 2 - 1 - - - - 160
David Ortiz - 2 8 4 1 - 3 - - 1 129
Jorge Posada - 1 5 3 1 1 3 - 3 - 99
Vladimir Guerrero - 1 1 3 5 5 - 1 1 1 99
Carlos Pena - - - 4 3 2 5 - 2 2 82
Ichiro Suzuki - 1 2 1 1 3 3 4 - - 77
Curtis Granderson - 1 - 1 4 2 1 2 2 3 67
Victor Martinez - - - - 4 1 1 5 5 - 58
Grady Sizemore - - - 1 - - 3 - 3 4 29
Mike Lowell - - - - - 3 - 1 1 2 22
Derek Jeter - - - - - - - 2 1 - 8
Placido Polanco - - - - - - - 2 - - 6
C. C. Sabathia - - - - - - 1 - - - 5
Jim Thome - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
Josh Beckett - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
Carl Crawford - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
J. J. Putz - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Brian Roberts - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Nick Markakis - - - - - - - - - 1 1
John Lackey - - - - - - - - - 1 1
Chone Figgins - - - - - - - - - 1 1