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Some more stuff of note

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A few things out there I don't really have a comment on, but thought I'd mention and link...

Mark Shapiro signed a 5 year extension as the G.M. of the Indians. Eric Wedge, of course, has not been extended after last year's disappointment, and Buck Showalter is a consultant for Shapiro. I'm thinking Wedge is going to be on real thin ice this season, and Showalter will be stepping in if they falter at all...

Kris Benson is done for the year, after deciding to undergo rotator cuff surgery. Probably about time to stick a fork in him...

Kevin Goldstein looks at the A.L. West farm systems, and says in passing that the Rangers are "unlikely to contend" in 2007.

T.R. Sullivan has more Sosa stuff, and an item on Eric Hurley turning heads this spring...

Bill Madden rips ARod in the New York Daily News, saying "he is absolutely going to exercise that opt-out clause" and is all about the money (while referring to Tom Hicks as an "idiot owner"). Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope Madden is right...

And the Hardball Times has a piece on Rich Harden's mechanics, and how they impact his durability (complete with video footage)...