SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 01: Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants poses during spring training photo day on March 1, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Some news and notes from around the NL West:
- Potential suitors to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers will go before Major League Baseball this week, hoping to become the new owner of the storied franchise. The two frontrunners are billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen and current St. Louis Ram owner Stan Kroenke. Although Kroenke may have a few hurdles around the NFL's rules about cross ownership, Cohen and Kroenke are currently the only suitors willing to pay in cash, making those hurdles a little easier to jump.
- Keven Goldstein released Baseball Prospectus' 2012 organizational rankings today and the San Diego Padres came out #1. While San Diego doesn't have one obvious top prospect, their depth and quality at the top pushed them past the Toronto Blue Jays, who came in at #2.
- Colorado Rockies' third baseman Casey Blake was scratched from today's game with a stiff neck. Although the injury is not related to the neck surgery Blake had on September 6, Blake has had a slow spring and this latest setback is cause for concern. Blake, 38, was signed a stopgap for prospect Nolan Arenado. If Blake isn't ready to go at the beginning of the season, the Rockies have a mix of players vying for the spot including Brandon Wood, Jordan Pacheco, and Chris Nelson
- San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson made his spring training debut yesterday, pitching a scoreless inning against the Seattle Mariners. While Wilson didn't reach the 25 pitch limit given to him, getting in game action was all he needed. "I had nine pitches today," said Wilson. "But there was more intensity than a live B.P., and I got my three outs." Wilson's day ended on a strike out and caught stealing by his battery mate, Buster Posey.