For my Sunday Insider, I questioned why WADA keeps picking fights with baseball concerning testing for HGH. One of the reasons, as Jeff Passan noted the other day, is that WADA wants money from MLB. Not impressive.
The column also contains notes on Ron Washington and John Smoltz, and my all-New York team.
--Alfredo Aceves had a rough start for the Yankees, and at this point, assuming everyone's good health, it would be a significant surprise if Phil Hughes didn't get the fifth starter's job.
--Great story by David Lennon on Long Island native Frank Catalanotto, who is trying to make the Mets on a minor-league deal.
--Remember the 2008-09 offseason? Brian Fuentes, Francisco Rodriguez and Kerry Wood were the three top closers available on the free-agent market. So far none of the trio has made his new employers feel particularly fantastic about the deals committed. And now Wood could miss two months for Cleveland with a strained latissimus muscle.
A reminder lesson, as if it was needed after Joe Nathan's bad news: Closers just aren't worth those sorts of commitments. Unless they're Mariano Rivera.
--The Nationals sent Stephen Strasburg to minor-league camp, the right call.
--Good column by Joel Sherman breaking down where Adrian Gonzalez could wind up this year. I'm going the contrarian's route and saying Gonzalez lasts all year with the Padres. I think the Padres could loom on the periphery of contention in the NL West.
--Have a great week. I'll be back on Monday, March 29.