Red Sox 'tracking the progress of Chris Iannetta'

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “the Red Sox are tracking the progress of catcher Chris Iannetta in Triple-A Colorado Springs in case the Rockies make him available.”
Despite being 27 years old and a three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 career plate appearances Iannetta was demoted to Triple-A last month when he got off to a 4-for-30 (.133) start. He’s hitting .362 with five homers, seven doubles, and a 1.191 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A, but there’s no indication that the Rockies plan to bring him back, let alone give him a chance to reclaim his starting job over Miguel Olivo.
Boston’s interest in Iannetta would seemingly come into play after the season, when Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are both free agents. What made the Rockies’ decision to demote Iannetta all the more confusing is that they signed him to a three-year, $8.5 million extension in January. Plenty of teams should be looking to take advantage of the Rockies souring on an under-30 catcher with a .799 career OPS and 23 homers per 500 at-bats who’s signed cheaply through 2012.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”