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Josh Collmenter stifled the Cubs en route to a win on Sunday, allowing only one run over seven frames.

Collmenter outdueled Jake Arrieta, holding the Cubs to four hits and a walk while striking out four. Not much has gone right for Arizona this season, but Collmenter certainly has. He has allowed one run or fewer in three out of his last four starts and now owns a 3.64 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 69/29 K/BB ratio. The right-hander will try to keep it going when he takes on the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park over the weekend.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 07:13:00 PM

The Angels will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

Angel Stadium should be slightly more hitter-friendly than it has been in the past. The Angels don't have a ton of left-handed hitters, but Kole Calhoun should be happy to hear the news. This is one of those scenarios that could help Shohei Ohtani as a hitter (he hits left-handed) and potentially come back to bite him as a pitcher.
Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has begun hitting off a tee.

It's a baby step, but it's great news for the Mets. Conforto is making progress from left shoulder surgery, but he doesn't plan to rush his way back to the majors. His goal remains May 1, though the timetable could obviously change. The Mets re-signed Jay Bruce during the offseason, so Conforto is lined up to play center field upon his return.
Feb 20 - 12:31 PM

Reds prospect Nick Senzel will work exclusively at shortstop and third base in camp.

Well, that's interesting. Senzel has even been working with Reds great Barry Larkin on adjusting to shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is in place at third base and remains under team control for another couple of years, so adding shortstop to Senzel's resume could put him in the best position to contribute soon. After hitting .321/.391/.514 between High-A and Double-A last year, he's clearly not far off. It will be an interesting situation to follow this spring.
Feb 20 - 11:38 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Phillies and Jake Arrieta are "having dialogue."

Top free agents Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, and J.D. Martinez have all found homes in recent days, so the focus now turns to Arrieta. There's a connection with the Phillies, as members of the team's front office know him well from their time in Baltimore. Arrieta would be a great fit in Philadelphia's rotation, but Heyman hears that the Phillies would prefer a shorter-term deal. It's safe to say that multiple teams would be interested if the soon-to-be 32-year-old is seriously willing to consider such a scenario.
Feb 20 - 9:20 AM

Padres signed 1B Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract.

Hosmer passed his physical Monday and the Padres have officially announced the deal. He will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. The contract contains an opt-out clause after five years, so the Padres are technically only on the hook for $105 million. Hosmer has failed to produce at a high level consistently at the plate, but he is coming off the best season of his career, having put up a .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs. He will push Wil Myers to a corner outfield spot.
Feb 19 - 10:39 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Jarrod Dyson to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier Monday and has now been made official. Dyson is coming off a season in which he batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 steals for the Mariners. The D'Backs might not be done adding outfield help, but for now Dyson seems most likely to form the strong side of a platoon in left field with Yasmany Tomas.
Feb 19 - 8:12 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that a deal between the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez is "done."

It's a five-year, $110 million contract with opt outs after the second and third years of the deal. The deal is front-loaded, as Martinez will make $50 million in the first two years and $72 million in the first three, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that there was momentum for a deal between the two sides. The Red Sox and Martinez seemed destined to wind up together even as it took much longer than expected. He will serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 5:19 PM

Bryce Harper said in his first media session of the spring Monday that he doesn't want to discuss anything beyond the 2018 season.

"Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all," said Harper. "I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys." Barring something unexpected, Harper is likely looking at record-breaking contract in free agency, so it's going to be a challenge to avoid the topic altogether. But he's going to do his best. Harper missed time down the stretch last season with a knee injury, but he said Monday that he reported to camp at 100 percent.
Feb 19 - 3:45 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




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