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  1. Giants’ Marco Scutaro, Jeremy Affeldt to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro Getty

    Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports that the Giants will begin the season with second baseman Marco Scutaro and reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the disabled list. Scutaro has missed almost all of the spring with a bad back, while Affeldt suffered a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. The Giants placed Scutaro…

  2. Indians sign Yan Gomes to six-year, $23 million contract extension

    Mar 29, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

    Yan Gomes

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians have signed catcher Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract extension which includes two option years. The 26-year-old was not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. The contract buys out all three arbitration years and one year of free agency. Per Jon Heyman…

  3. Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list

    Mar 29, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    clayton kershaw getty

    Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue L.A. reports that the Dodgers have placed starter Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with back inflammation. Stephen adds that Kershaw felt something awry when he threw today from an increased distance and intensity. They can place Kershaw on the DL retroactive to March 23. Kershaw was already…

  4. Athletics designate Michael Taylor for assignment

    Mar 29, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Oakland Athletics

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have designated outfielder Michael Taylor for assignment. Sam Fuld, Taylor’s competition for the reserve outfielder job, made the team as a result. Taylor had a great spring, slashing .274/.348/.532 in 62 at-bats. Fuld was nearly as good, posting a .271/.348/.475 line in 59 at-bats.…

  5. Nationals sign Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal

    Mar 29, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that the Nationals have signed pitcher Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal. The lefty turns 29 years old on April 15. Laffey had signed a minor league deal with the Orioles back in January, but they released him on Tuesday. A seven-year MLB veteran, Laffey has…

  6. Carlos Quentin could start the season on the disabled list

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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    Padres manager Bud Black says outfielder Carlos Quentin could begin the season on the disabled list, Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego reports. Quentin had surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee last September, but it is his other knee that is bothering him now. The outfielder recently said he has been suffering from soreness…

  7. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos open to extending veteran players

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays general manager Anthopoulos talks to the media at the team's MLB baseball spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida

    In a Q&A with Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says that he would consider further extending veterans Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Reyes. In doing so, Anthopoulos cited veterans Carlos Beltran and David Ortiz as examples of older players being very productive. He added, “I would not put it past…

  8. Jacoby Ellsbury will start Yankees’ spring training finale

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury AP

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to write Jacoby Ellsbury‘s name in the starting lineup when the Yankees wrap up spring training against the Marlins at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Ellsbury has been dealing with a tight right calf since the middle of…

  9. Phillies acquire infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Mike Trout news was big, wait until you hear this! The Phillies have acquired utility infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for an undisclosed amount of cash, CSN Philly’s John Clark reports. Nix spent the spring with the Rays but did not make the cut. Nix, 31, had a decent spring…

  10. Update: Angels and Mike Trout agree on six-year, $144.5 million contract extension

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

    mike trout getty

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez is reporting that the Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are close to finalizing a contract extension worth $144.5 million over six years. [Update: The Angels official Twitter confirms the deal. The team will make an announcement on Saturday.] Trout is currently eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so the…

  11. Masahiro Tanaka had a heck of a game against the Marlins on Friday

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract in January, then spent some time deflating expectations for the right-hander. His spring performance, including his final outing Friday afternoon against the Marlins, may have reinflated those expectations. Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed three scoreless innings before Tanaka entered the…

  12. Phillies attempt to solve lack of winning with new clubhouse signs

    Mar 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    That the Phillies won only 73 games last year and portend to be just as bad, if not worse, in 2014 might prompt some to suggest that they have a talent problem. Not so, if the Phillies’ new clubhouse signs are to be believed. All the Phillies need to do to get back to their…

  13. Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva. Villanueva posted a 5.60 ERA during the spring. Chris Rusin,…

  14. Matt Kemp could return from the disabled list as early as April 4

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Scott Miller reports that Matt Kemp says he is 100 percent and ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as possible. As he was retroactively DL’ed, April 4 is the first day he is eligible to return and appears to be the target. Kemp has been recovering from ankle surgery in October.…

  15. Mariners receive good news on Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma AP

    The Mariners got some good news on right-hander hisashi Iwakuma. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that the right-hander was fully cleared. Iwakuma will be able to resume his throwing program as he makes his way back from a strained middle finger. Mid-to-late April remains the target for his return. Iwakuma, 32, finished third…

  16. How Terry Francona told Blake Wood that he made the team

    Mar 28, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Indians manager Terry Francona let pitcher Blake Wood know that he had officially made the team’s 25-man roster in a unique way on Monday. Joe Reedy of FOX Sports Ohio has the details: It was during a pitching change in the seventh inning of Monday’s spring training game against the Reds that the 28-year-old right-hander…

  17. Yankees sign Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal

    Mar 28, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Alfredo Aceves is back in the Yankees organization for a second time. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed the right-hander to a minor league deal. Davidoff adds that Aceves will slide into the starting rotation at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His contract includes an opt-out date on July 1. Aceves…

  18. Brewers call on Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay to handle first base; Juan Francisco the odd man out

    Mar 23, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Juan Francisco

    Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have decided to use Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base, leaving Juan Francisco on the outside looking in. Francisco, who hit 18 home runs with a .719 OPS in 385 plate appearances last season, was beat out by two non-roster invitees. It…

  19. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  20. Report: Ian Desmond turned down contract extension worth about $90 million over the winter

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Washington Nationals

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond turned down a hefty multi-year contract extension over the winter. Heyman’s sources estimate the extension was at least six years in length and between $80 to $90 million in value. The two sides eventually agreed on a two-year, $17.5 million deal in January…

  21. Phillies outright Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Kevin Frandsen AP

    The Phillies, in a bit of a roster conundrum with the latest rash of injuries, have outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. Frandsen has 72 hours to accept or reject the assignment. Zolecki adds that GM Ruben Amaro told Frandsen he still has a chance to make the Opening…

  22. Report: Tigers have opened up extension talks with Miguel Cabrera

    Mar 23, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The Tigers may have hit a roadblock in extension talks with starter Max Scherzer, so they have turned their attention to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the two sides are open to an extension, but the discussion remains at a preliminary stage. Cabrera moved over to first base after…

  23. Report: Pablo Sandoval recently rejected contract offer in the $40 million range

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    Earlier, we learned that the Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval haven’t made any progress on a contract extension. It appears Sandoval wants a deal similar to Hunter Pence‘s five years and $90 million, which was struck last September. CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting that, on Friday, the club offered Sandoval a three-year…

  24. Matt Moore okay after taking comebacker to the face

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

    matt moore getty

    In the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, Matt Moore took a comebacker to the face off of the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Moore appeared to at least partially deflect the ball and had the presence of mind to chase after the ball and throw out Bogaerts at first base to…

  25. Jurickson Profar out 10-12 weeks with a torn teres major muscle

    Mar 23, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    profar getty

    The Rangers have been bitten hard by the injury bug, and they will now add another key player to the infirmary. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Times reports that Profar has a torn teres major muscle and will be out 10-12 weeks. He does not need to undergo surgery, according to Drew Davison of…

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