Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are "making progress" in extension talks and "may be getting closer to a deal."
There's been no word on the potential terms of the contract, although Molina is reportedly looking for a three-year extension and has said that he wants to be among the highest paid catchers in the game. Molina turns 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, so it's possible he won't be an everyday player by the end of the deal. However, he remains one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and is coming off a season when he batted .307/.360/.427.
Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.
Dyson has dealt with a right hamstring issue for over a week, although the Mariners have insisted that it's merely fatigue and not any kind of strain. The speedster said he had six hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats in a minor league game Monday. There's been no indication that Dyson is in danger of missing Opening Day.
Orioles released INF Chris Johnson.
Johnson smacked three homers with a .802 OPS this spring, but it wasn't enough to crack the Opening Day roster. The 32-year-old is a .252/.288/.348 hitter in the majors since 2014.
Orioles released OF Michael Bourn.
Bourn fractured his right ring finger before Grapefruit League contests got underway and won't be game-ready until sometime in April, at least. He requested his release and is now free to sign elsewhere on what's sure to be a minor league contract. Bourn is nothing more than a bit player at this point in his career.
Sandy Leon hit two homers, the latter a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to an 11-9 win over the Orioles on Monday.
Both Leon homers came in a nine-run fifth inning. He had been 6-for-26 with no extra-base hits this spring going into this one. One of 2016's biggest surprises, Leon seems likely to disappoint offensively this year, though he'll remain a quality defensive catcher for Boston.
Eduardo Rodriguez gave up six runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in six innings Monday against the Orioles.
Rodriguez surrendered five extra-base hits in this one. He's looked quite strong for the most part this spring, but consistency remains a question mark here. He is all set for the rotation, at least until David Price comes back.
Craig Kimbrel had a shaky inning Monday, giving up two runs to the Orioles.
Kimbrel's velocity wasn't up to par in this one, though the Red Sox indicated afterwards that nothing was wrong. Kimbrel has now given up five runs in six innings this spring. With Tyler Thornburg DL bound, the back of the Red Sox bullpen could be a weak point early on, even though the Red Sox have sacrificed way too much talent to build it up.
Tyler Wilson pitched four innings of one-run ball Monday in his start against the Red Sox.
Wilson kept himself in the mix for a rotation spot today in lowering his spring ERA from 6.14 to 5.30. It still seems more likely that Jayson Aquino will be the choice there, though.