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  1. Phillies acquire infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:40 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 28, 2014, 9:45 PM EST

    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…

  5. Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:55 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:40 PM EST

    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.…

  7. Mariners receive good news on Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 28, 2014, 7:10 PM EST

    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…

  9. Yankees sign Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal

    Mar 28, 2014, 6:05 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 11:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 8:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    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…

  16. Matt Moore okay after taking comebacker to the face

    Mar 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Dodgers’ bullpen nearly coughed up the lead in 7-5 victory over the D-Backs

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:26 AM EST

    Australia Baseball Dodgers Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill couldn’t overcome his control issues and the Dodgers took advantage in the second and final game played at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia, winning 7-5. They fly back home having swept the D-Backs in the two-game overseas set. The Dodgers rallied for a two-out run in the first inning when…

  19. Taijuan Walker makes first spring start

    Mar 22, 2014, 11:55 PM EST

    Taijuan Walker

    Mariners starter Taijuan Walker made his first start of the spring against the Padres’ Triple-A squad in Peoria on Saturday. He allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work. The right-hander was shut down earlier this spring with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times…

  20. Pirates have been trying to sign Starling Marte to an extension

    Mar 22, 2014, 11:30 PM EST

    Starling Marte

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates have been thus far unsuccessful in signing outfielder Starling Marte to a multi-year contract extension. According to reports, Marte turned down at least two offers. The two sides remain open to negotiations, however. GM Neal Huntington explained the benefit of locking up players early:…

  21. Orioles claim David Adams on outright waivers; Elliot Johnson makes Indians’ 40-man roster

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:30 PM EST

    Elliot Johnson

    The Orioles have claimed infielder David Adams on outright waivers from the Indians, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As a result, the Indians have purchased infielder Elliot Johnson‘s contract and placed him on the 40-man roster. To make room for Adams, the Orioles designated Kelvin de la Cruz for assignment, MASN’s Roch Kubakto reports. Adams, 26,…

  22. As expected, Cody Asche claims third base job; Phillies reassign Maikel Franco

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies hoped the competition for the third base job would have been more heated. After going 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Pirates on Saturday afternoon, Cody Asche — the incumbent at the hot corner — brought his Grapefruit League average up to .175. His competition, 21-year-old top prospect Maikel Franco, wasn’t faring…

  23. Josh Johnson will go on the disabled list again

    Mar 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EST

    San Diego Padres Photo Day

    Padres starter Josh Johnson will start the regular season on the disabled list with a strained flexor muscle, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reports. MLB.com’s Corey Brock adds that Johnson is expected to miss a month to five weeks. The right-hander was having a decent spring in limited playing time, posting a 3.38 ERA…

  24. MLBPA and George Springer’s agent considering filing grievance over service time

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EST

    George Springer

    Recently, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Astros offered top prospect George Springer a seven-year, $23 million contract last September. As Matthew Pouliot explained earlier this week, it was a way for the Astros to guarantee themselves a bargain while giving Springer the playing time in the Majors he obviously wants. Springer, though,…

  25. Rays give Jake Odorizzi the fifth spot in the rotation

    Mar 22, 2014, 6:10 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Rays manager Joe Maddon has named Jake Odorizzi the team’s fifth starter, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As a result, Cesar Ramos will contribute out of the bullpen. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also reports that Erik Bedard also opted out of his contract with the Rays, who hoped the left-hander…

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