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Pedro Hoping WBC Appearance Brings Offers

Pedro Martinez is hoping that his play for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic will lead to a few formal contract offers.

The Dodgers, Pirates and Indians have reportedly showed interest, but no offers have been made.

Via Rocky Mountain News

Dodgers, Indians And Pirates In On Pedro

Pedro Marintez threw a simulated game on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic and is on track to start for the country's World Baseball Classic squad in the team's first exhibition game on March 3, according to the Dominican newspaper Hoy.

According to the report, Martinez's velocity ranged from 88-92 mph in the 43-pitch outing at Baseball City, a sports complex near Boca Chica.

"Pedro was working really well, he threw the ball like normal and he showed good physical condition," Dominican team staff member Rafael Mateo told the paper.

The Dodgers, Indians and Pirates have expressed interest in Ramirez.

Via MLB.com

Trade Still Doesn't Make Sense To DeRosa

The Cubs decision to trade Mark DeRosa to the Indians shocked the versatile right-handed hitter.

"No," he said when asked if it makes sense to him now. "You walk a fine line, though, because I want Cleveland to know how excited I am to be here. But at the same time, yeah, I was completely surprised. I don't understand why they made that move."

Via Chicago Sun-Times

Peralta: Steroids Are Easy To Acquire In D.R.

Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta claims that steroids are extremely easy to acquire in the Dominican Republic.

Peralta says that he knows infamous trainer Angel Presinal, but hasn't worked out with him.

"I know a lot of players work out with him in his gym," Peralta said, "but he's from Santo Domingo. That's about three hours from where I live."

He went on to discuss the ease of acquiring illegal substances in the Dominican.

"You can buy whatever," Peralta said. "They don't ask why you're using it. They sell it and they're making money."

Peralta says he was never tempted to buy or use steroids.

"I don't want to lie to people," he said. "I want to play natural."

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

Giants And Twins Want Marte

The San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins are the two teams that probably would have the most interest in third baseman Andy Marte, who was designated for assignment Thursday by the Indians.

Via Plain Dealer

Indians Feb 2009 Archive

  • Hafner: 'I've Never Used Steroids'

    Cleveland's Travis Hafner made his big-league debut in 2002 with the Rangers, and called many admitted and alleged steroids users his teammates.

  • Lee: Allegations Are 'So Far In The Past'

    Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, the reigning American League Cy Young winner, wants baseball to move on from the Alex Rodriguez steroid scandal.

  • Suit Claims Roberto Alomar Has AIDS

    Roberto Alomar has full-blown AIDS and insisted on having unprotected sex, his ex-girlfriend charged in a lawsuit.