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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:26 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Taijuan Walker makes first spring start

    Mar 22, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    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:…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    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…

  12. Josh Johnson will go on the disabled list again

    Mar 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    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…

  15. Wanna see a picture of Aroldis Chapman’s stapled head?

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was hit in the head by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday night, suffering fractures above his left eye and nose. He underwent surgery on Thursday to repair the fractures and had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his left eye to stabilize the fracture. Thankfully, Chapman is…

  16. Tanner Scheppers impresses in final bid for rotation spot

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Texas Rangers

    Tanner Scheppers pitched well Friday afternoon, allowing two runs in six innings of work in the Rangers’ 7-5 victory over the Brewers. He started off in hot water, as the Brewers scored two runs with two doubles and a single, but Scheppers induced an inning-ending double play and never looked back. He struck out six…

  17. Dodgers will carry Alexander Guerrero on their Opening Day roster

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    We’re mere hours away from the official start of the regular season, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will square off in Australia. The Dodgers have made some last-minute roster decisions which includes 27-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero making the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the…

  18. Joey Votto thinks Billy Hamilton could be an MVP candidate if he learns to draw walks

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton is already dealing with pressure, as he is taking over as the Reds’ center fielder and lead-off man at the age of 23. Many expect him to become the fourth player since the turn of the millennium to steal 70-plus bases, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2009), Jose Reyes (2007), and Scott Podsednik (2004). He…

  19. Darin Ruf out four to six weeks with strained oblique

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Darin Ruf

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain and will be out four to six weeks as a result. Ruf suffered the injury taking a swing during batting practice. Ruf was competing for a roster spot as a back-up outfielder and first baseman.…

  20. Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game on Saturday

    Mar 21, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker Getty

    Mariners starter Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game in Peoria on Saturday, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Johns adds that Walker is expected to throw 20-30 pitches over two innings against Triple-A competition. Walker was diagnosed with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder in late February and was promptly shut down…

  21. Twins make Kyle Gibson their fifth starter

    Mar 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have given the final spot in their starting rotation to pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. Gibson, 26, has been listed as one of baseball’s top-100 prospects going into the 2010, 2011, and 2013 seasons by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The rotation…

  22. Justin Masterson not opposed to reviving extension talks

    Mar 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson Getty

    On Thursday, it was reported that the Indians and starter Justin Masterson hit an impasse on negotiations for a contract extension. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard that Masterson was asking for a three-year deal below Homer Bailey‘s $17.5 million average annual value (thus, less than $52.5 million total). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard…

  23. Freddy Galvis out indefinitely with MRSA

    Mar 21, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

    freddy galvis getty

    Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis had an abscess removed from his left knee on Wednesday. After the procedure, doctors found a staph infection, but that wasn’t the worst news. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Galvis has come down with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. Simply put, Galvis has an antibiotic-resistant infection. Galvis will…

  24. Chris Owings the favorite over Didi Gregorius for D-Backs’ starting shortstop job

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears that Chris Owings is the favorite over Didi Gregorius for the Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop job. Owings, 22, has not had a particularly great showing this spring, but has out-hit Gregorius in OPS, .698 to .541. Gregorius, 24, wasn’t particularly impressive in his rookie season in 2013, posting a .704 OPS. Owings…

  25. Michael Bourn suffered a strained left hamstring in Sunday’s game

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    bourn getty

    Indians outfielder Michael Bourn was removed from Sunday afternoon’s game against the Giants in the second inning due to a strained left hamstring. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports that the strain is considered “mild”. He will be reevaluated on Monday. Bourn had surgery on the same hamstring back in mid-October, but showed up…

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