Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

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It’s been a rough spring for Evan Longoria. First his 1967 Camaro was boosted and now the house he rents for spring training has been broken into.  And it’s not just his: he shares it with David Price and Reid Brignac and the joint was cleaned out:

Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, headphones, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s high-priced watches that were packed in a bag of clothes. “They probably didn’t even know what was in it,” he said. Price estimated his loss in excess of $50,000, though he said his most expensive watch was insured.
“David got the worst part of it,” Brignac said. “I feel bad for him.”

Everyone says that spring training lasts too long. I don’t think anyone would agree with that more than Longoria, Price and Brignac.

(thanks to Chris B. for the heads up)

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.