It's another beautiful day in Clearwater. Mid-70's. Bright sunshine. No clouds in the sky. Day three of pitchers and catchers.
Some early observations. . .
. . .A few more players have trickled in the past couple days. Newly-acquired rightfielder Geoff Jenkins, who figures to platoon with Jayson Werth, arrived a couple days ago. Today was Pacific Rim day as Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino and Japanese outfielder So Taguchi, formerly of the Cardinals, arrived. Here's an interesting fact about Taguchi: he learned english by watching children's movies like Finding Nemo. He says he watches Finding Nemo three to four times per week. He says his English is only on the level of a "three-year old," but we're pretty impressed.
. . .Newly-acquired starter Kris Benson is here, though he likely will not throw today. He will, however, meet with the media after the morning workout. So we'll fill you in a few hours from now.
. . .Today in the Daily News we took a look at the workout regimen Ryan Howard used during the offseason. He spent five weeks at an exclusive resort in the Tampa Bay area, training with 16 to 17 other clients of Creative Artists Agency. The program was pretty much like a five-week boot camp, and sounds pretty hard core. Howard and players like Derek Jeter and Ryan Zimmerman followed specially patterned diets and workout plans, training seven days a week for five straight weeks.
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. . .So far players are 0-4 in arbitration hearings. The latest defeat came when Chien-Ming Wang was awarded $4 million from the Yankees Friday instead of the $4.6 million he sought. Washington infielder Felipe Lopez , Colorado reliever Brian Fuentes and Houston reliever Jose Valverde have also lost cases thus far this spring.
. . .Want some real spring training drama? Head down to Fort Myers, where former Phil Curt Schilling and the Red Sox are at odds over his bum shoulder. Steve Buckley writes in today's Boston Herald that Schilling has been surprisingly silent thus far this spring.
. . .Willie Randolph told reporters that he will make some modifications in the way he manages, thanks to the Mets' late-season collapse that helped the Phillies grab the NL East title.
. . .Some bad news for the Phillies: the Mets' Jose Reyes has 202 steals over the past three seasons, but says he's "a little faster" this season.
. . .Pretty big news out of Miami: The Marlins have reached an agreement with Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami and Major League baseball to finance a $515 million stadium at the site of the Orange Bowl. The Marlins will contribute about $155 million to the total.
. . .From Florida: The Marlins locked up closer Kevin Gregg to a one-year, $2.5 million deal. He's now the highest paid Marlin.
. . .From Washington: Either Dimitri Young or Nick Johnson could be on the trading block. Both play first base.
. . .Paul Lo Duca will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs today.