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Madison Bumgarner gave up four runs in six innings on Friday, only to pick up a win by hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs against the Rockies.

Bumgarner had a sac fly in the third and then hit the slam an inning later off Jorge De La Rosa. It was his second career homer, and it made him the first pitcher in five years to drive in five runs in a game. The last was Chris Carpenter, who had six RBI in a game in 2009. Before him, Jason Marquis did it in 2008 and Micah Owings did it with two homers and six RBI in a game in 2007.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 01:56:00 AM

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox were still in negotiations for J.D. Martinez on Monday.

There's nothing to indicate that anything is close, but the two sides have been an obvious match all offseason and remain in touch. Something will have to give eventually, though, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote earlier Monday that the Red Sox were "prepared to move on entirely or to another player." Of course, that could just be posturing. The Red Sox reportedly have a five-year offer in the $100 million range on the table while the Diamondbacks might not be willing to match such a guarantee.
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) couldn't say for sure Monday that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tulowitzki missed the final two months last season with ligament damage in his right ankle and it was revealed last week that he's been dealing with a chronic bone spur in his right heel. He said he felt good on the field Monday, but that he plans to take it "day by day." There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but fortunately the Blue Jays have Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as insurance for their middle infield.
Feb 19 - 2:28 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

Joe Musgrove said Monday that he's not concerned about his shoulder.

Musgrove was forced to skip a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to shoulder discomfort, but he downplayed it as "a little precautionary rest" and doesn't expect it to keep him off the field for long. There's obviously no reason to take any chances this early in camp. The Pirates will continue to monitor him before ramping things up again.
Feb 19 - 9:41 AM

Angels signed OF Chris Young to a one-year contract.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register says Young will make $2 million and can earn more through incentives. Young, 34, batted .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He'll give the Angels an option in the outfield and/or in the designated hitter spot against left-handers.
Feb 18 - 4:02 PM

Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carter will make $1.75 million if in the majors, with a possible $600,000 more in incentives. Carter batted just .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs over 208 plate appearances for the Yankees last season before being released at midseason. He caught on with the A's on a minor league pact after that but wasn't called up. Carter, 31, will help replenish some of the first base depth the Angels lost when they traded C.J. Cron.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was reported on Friday and is now official after Vargas passed a physical. The veteran left-hander held a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts last season but faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. The Mets hope he can offer some stability at the back-end of their rotation.
Feb 18 - 11:26 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal "appears positioned as the primary backstop" this season for the Dodgers.

McCullough adds that Grandal is "expected to receive most of the starts against right-handed pitchers" and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers." Manager Dave Roberts also indicated Saturday that Grandal is in line for more playing time. "Yasmani obviously had more opportunities, more at-bats, more playing time [in 2017]— and I see that again," Roberts said. "But Austin has earned the right to get opportunities." Barnes was the team's primary catcher in the playoffs last season and Grandal's name popped up in trade rumors, leading many to believe Barnes would enter spring training at the top of the depth chart. That's obviously not how the Dodgers see it, though. Both could have fantasy value in 2018, but this news certainly elevates Grandal and throws a wet blanket on Barnes' breakout potential.
Feb 18 - 10:33 AM




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