– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has put his Hidden Hills, California mansion on the market for just under $5M. The Trulia luxury blog speculates that the 7-bedroom 9,120 square-foot estate is being lived in by The Rock’s ex-wife and manager, Dany Garcia. Here are pictures of the estate, followed by the official property description from Trulia.com:
“Guard Gated, Secure & Private, Hidden Hills Estates. Tour De Force! Exciting Ultra-Private Custom Contemporary Mediterranean View Estate At The End of Cul-De-Sac & Nestled Behind 2 Sets of Private Gates. Stainless Steel Privacy Gate Opens To Reveal An Open Motor Court W/ Stacked Stone Waterfall Entry & Abundant Parking, Including 4 Car Garage. Two-Story Gallery Entry Through Walls of Glass Leads To Radius Walled Living Room W/Mesmerizing Views of Resort-Like Lushly Landscaped Yard. Verdant Lawns, Infinity Edge Pool/Spa, Outdoor Patios, Bbq Center, Stacked Stone Waterfall & Endless Vistas of Mountains & Valley Lights Are Seen From Most Rooms.”
– Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that free agent RHP Roy Oswalt could sign somewhere within the next week and pitch for that team by mid-to-late June. Rosenthal reported earlier Friday that Oswalt has already auditioned for the Phillies and Red Sox recently and has scheduled sessions with two other teams. Oswalt will only sign for a team he thinks has a chance to win the World Series. Rosenthal says the Tigers and Yankees are not among the teams pursuing Oswalt.
– Red Sox’ 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) will play third base for Triple-A Pawtucket through Monday before being re-evaluated by the Red Sox Tuesday. Assuming everything checks out OK, he should be activated from the DL. Current 3B Will Middlebrooks is mired in a 6-for-36 slide that’s dropped his average to .259. The Red Sox’ top prospect is expected to return to Triple-A Pawtucket when Youkilis is ready.
– Miami-based Spanish language newspaper Cafe Fuerte reports that Reds’ LHP Aroldis Chapman is being sued for $18M due to his alleged involvement of illegal activity while working with the Cuban State Security apparatus. According to the report, which was translated for HardballTalk at NBCSports.com by Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors, Chapman “helped organize the arrest, imprisonment, and torture of a Cuban-American by the name of Danilo Curbelo García.” Stay tuned.
– Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com expects the Giants taking a “hard look” at signing recently released 2B Orlando Hudson. Baggarly was also told by Giants’ VP Bobby Evans that the club has “put out feelers” for potential infielders available via trade. Hudson batted just .211/.260/.317 with one homer for the Padres this season before being released Thursday.
– The Avalanche have signed F Milan Hejduk to a 1-year/$2M extension. The 36-year-old had a career-low 37 points in 81 games last season, and was rumoured to be looking into retirement. The 13-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Avs.
– Rangers’ F Brandon Dubinsky (foot) skated for the first time since his injury on April 26. Dubinsky took some shots, but was wearing a non-contact jersey and didn’t stay for the team’s practice on Friday. He remains out indefinitely.
– The Hawks have exercised their third-year option on head coach Larry Drew. Drew led the Hawks to a 40-26 regular-season record before the team lost to the Boston Celtics in six games in the first round of the playoffs. It was a step back for the franchise after three straight second-round appearances. Drew is 84-64 in two regular seasons and 8-10 in the playoffs. The Hawks were 17-16 on the road this season, the team’s first winning record away from Atlanta in 13 years.
– The Jets have signed free agent S Yeremiah Bell to a 1-year/$1.4M contract. The 34-year-old was also believed to be in negotiations with the Eagles.