Ring wants a ring: Only one of these three names rings a bell, and that's Ring. Ring's name was spotted in 26 box scores for the Mets in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He went 0-2 and gave up nine earned in 23-1/3 innings for them. Since then, he's pitched with the Padres, Braves and Cardinals. After a dreadful 2008 year with the big league club, he spent all of '09 in Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals affiliate) where he compiled a 5-2 record and a 3.04 ERA in 51 appearances.
What rhymes with Hideki?: Gorecki! He spent most of 2009 with the Braves Triple-A squad before being called up in mid-August. He went 5-for-25 (all singles) and saw time in all outfield spots. Chad Jennings said barring a huge spring training he will open 2010 in Scranton.
Free me from Minny: Winfree has spent the last seven years in the Twins minor league system and is yet to have a major league at bat. A career .270/.318/.442 hitter should expect that.
Expect a lot more of these announcements to come in the upcoming weeks. I'll try and group them together for you.