Aaron Hill earned a $100,000 retention bonus on Tuesday.
Beat writer Andrew Baggarly considers it a "firm" sign that Hill will be on the Giants' Opening Day roster. The 35-year-old will be a key utility man for the Giants and could wind up platooning with Joe Panik at second base. So far Hill has hit .255 over 47 Cactus League at-bats.
Ervin Santana has been announced as the Twins' Opening Day starter.
As expected. Santana will get the ball at home against Kansas City on April 3. He'll be followed in the rotation by Hector Santiago and Kyle Gibson. Last year Santana was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Twins, contributing a 3.38 ERA over 30 starts.
Brandon Morrow won't make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.
He'll remain with the club for the Dodgers' upcoming Freeway Series. So far Morrow has struggled to a 4.82 ERA over 11 Cactus League outings. Morrow told manager Dave Roberts that he's willing to start the year in the minor leagues. Because he's still on the roster, Morrow is entitled to a $100,000 retention bonus.
Shawn Armstrong has made the Indians' Opening Day roster.
Armstrong did well for himself as a September call-up last year, contributing a rock-solid 2.53 ERA over 10 outings for the Tribe. He'll be employed as a middle reliever this year with Andrew Miller and Cody Allen handling most of Cleveland's high leverage opportunities.
Indians optioned RHP Carlos Frias to Triple-A Columbus.
LHP Kyle Crockett and RHP Nick Goody are also being sent to Columbus. Frias was acquired from the Dodgers in January but couldn't beat out Shawn Armstrong for the final spot in Cleveland's pen. For his career, the right-hander carries a 4.50 ERA over 33 big league appearances (15 starts).
Pirates reassigned RHP Josh Lindblom to minor league camp.
The 29-year-old held his own against big leaguers this spring, compiling a 4.29 ERA over six Grapefruit League outings (three starts). Lindblom will likely start off the year with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Diamondbacks designated RHP Evan Marshall for assignment.
That clears a roster spot for Christian Walker, who was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on Tuesday. Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Reno last week. The 26-year-old middle reliever holds a 4.50 ERA across 85 major league appearances.
Diamondbacks claimed 1B/OF Christian Walker off waivers from the Reds.
The D'Backs cleared a roster spot for Walker by designating reliever Evan Marshall for assignment. Walker has bounced around this spring, beginning camp with Baltimore before making pit stops in Atlanta and Cincinnati. The 26-year-old spent all of last year in Triple-A, hitting .264 with 18 HR and 64 RBI over 131 appearances for Norfolk.