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Rays signed SS Yunel Escobar to a two-year, $13 million contract extension with a club option for 2017.

Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement before Saturday night's game against the Rangers. Escobar batted just .256/.332/.366 in 153 games last season for Tampa Bay, but he's among the best defensive shortstops in the majors. He's also been remarkably durable. The deal starts in 2015.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Josh Hamilton will have his left knee examined in Houston on Wednesday after feeling something while running on Tuesday.

Feb 22 - 10:36 AM

Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports that "nothing seems imminent" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox regarding closer David Robertson.

The Nationals have been linked to Robertson for most of the winter and many have tried to connect the dots to a potential match with the White Sox after the Matt Wieters signing, as Pedro Severino could make sense for Chicago. Rogers hears that the Nationals remain interested in Robertson, but it's unclear whether they'll act soon or wait to scout him during the World Baseball Classic. It's a situation to watch. Robertson is owed $25 million over the next two seasons.
Feb 22 - 10:09 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Tuesday that David Wright won't be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch Tuesday for the second time this spring. He's going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. "He is making strides," said Collins. "You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out." It's ultimately hard to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up.
Feb 22 - 9:00 AM

Jung Ho Kang admitted to his DUI charge in a South Korea court on Wednesday.

Kang fled the scene after slamming into a guardrail on December 2 in Seoul, South Korea. It was his third DUI charge since 2009. "I deeply regret what I have done," Kang told Yonhap News. "If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone." According to Yonhap News, the court will hold a verdict hearing on March 3. It's unclear what the sentence might be or when he'll be able to rejoin the Pirates. He could also face a punishment from the Pirates, though he has agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program.
Feb 22 - 8:34 AM

Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.
Feb 21 - 3:30 PM

Alex Rodriguez said Tuesday at Yankees camp that he's retired and has no intention of continuing his playing career.

It's only natural that the topic was raised with A-Rod serving as a guest instructor in Yankees camp. Heck, even manager Joe Girardi raised the possibility of a return Tuesday afternoon. However, A-Rod's spokesman Ron Berkowitz said back in January that the 41-year-old wasn't planning to make a comeback and nothing has changed since. A lightning rod for attention and controversy, Rodriguez will finish fourth all-time with 696 home runs. He won three MVP Awards and posted a .295/.380/.550 batting line to go along with 3,115 career hits.
Feb 21 - 2:26 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that the club is likely to trade Derek Norris after reaching an agreement with free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Baker said "there's always someone looking for a front line catcher." The Nationals apparently didn't feel secure enough with Norris as their primary backstop, but the feeling is that he'll end up playing elsewhere in 2017 rather than serve as Wieters' backup. The 28-year-old batted just .186/.255/.328 last season, but he's capable of better and he's owed just $4.2 million in 2017. He could draw some interest in the days ahead.
Feb 21 - 2:16 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Johnny Cueto hopes to arrive in camp by the weekend.

Cueto has been taking care of his father, who is battling an illness in the Dominican Republic. His father is expected to accompany him to the United States, so they are working on a visa issue. Cueto has thrown bullpen sessions and batting practice in preparation for the spring, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Feb 21 - 12:48 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Wieters' deal with the Nationals is worth $21 million over two years.

As previously reported, the deal includes an opt-out after the first year. Wieters would make $10.5 million in both years of the deal if he chooses to stick around. It's not quite the deal he was originally hoping for this winter, but he wound up in a good spot and is at least putting himself in a position to cash in with a resurgent 2017.
Feb 21 - 11:38 AM

Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role.
Feb 20 - 7:28 PM

Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM




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