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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 Heyman says Molina has reportedly been looking for a four-year extension, while St. Louis had been offering two years. He's currently set to make $14 million in 2017 before hitting free agency once a mutual option is declined. 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.
Mar 27 - 6:28 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 6:12 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 6:08 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 5:32 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 5:30 PM

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.
Mar 27 - 5:27 PM

Marco Hernandez went 2-for-2 with a double Monday, raising his spring average to .407.

Hernandez has an 1.189 OPS in 54 at-bats, so he's done everything he possibly can to win a bench spot. It's probably down to him and Steve Selsky to become Boston's 25th man. Hernandez's ability to play short and second would come in real handy, particularly since Brock Holt isn't particularly strong at those spots. Selsky could be a right-handed platoonmate for Mitch Moreland at first as well as a backup outfielder.
Mar 27 - 5:26 PM

Mark Trumbo had three hits, including a couple of doubles, Monday against the Red Sox.

It's a start. Trumbo had been hitting just .177 with one extra-base hit (a double) in 41 at-bats this spring.
Mar 27 - 5:23 PM

Craig Gentry went 2-for-3 with a triple Monday against the Red Sox.

Over the concussion issues that plagued him last year, Gentry has made a nice case for a spot on the Orioles bench, hitting .320 with a .414 OBP, two homers and five steals in 50 at-bats. It's hard to tell just what the Orioles are going to do with their bench, but another guy who swings righty and plays plus defense in the outfield corners could come in handy there.
Mar 27 - 5:22 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will undergo testing -- likely an MRI -- on Tuesday.

Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm. He's also battled a "dead arm" phase this spring, as he's been limited to just two spring outings. The testing "is going to hopefully give us more information on what we're actually dealing with here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "What the root cause to a spasm is, that I don't know at this point."
Mar 27 - 5:20 PM

Zack Wheeler shut out the Marlins for five innings Monday as a Mets split-squad won 5-0.

Wheeler allowed two hits, walked two and struck out three in easily his best outing of the spring. It might just be enough to put him in the season-opening rotation with Steven Matz seemingly likely to land on the disabled list. We're still not high on him for this year, but he's more interesting in NL-only leagues now.
Mar 27 - 5:13 PM

Tom Koehler yielded four runs -- all of them unearned -- in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to a Mets split-squad.

Like Adam Conley and Dan Straily, Koehler is struggling this spring. Still, it doesn't seem to have place his rotation spot in any doubt. Koehler has allowed 13 runs -- eight earned -- in 14 1/3 innings. He's struck out 15, but he's also walked nine in 13 1/3 innings. He had the third-most walks in the NL in both 2015 and 2016.
Mar 27 - 5:10 PM

Chris Stewart (groin) caught a pitching machine on Monday.

Stewart said his strained left groin felt fine, although he admitted that he didn't really push it and won't know much about his status until he does. The backup catcher thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 5:07 PM



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