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MLB Storylines: Ervin Santana, Braves strike a deal

MLB Storylines: Ervin Santana, Braves strike a deal
Ervin Santana (Photo: Enrique Rojas/ESPNDeportes)
March 13, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Wednesday, March 12th.

Top Stories

  • With injuries threatening the depth of the Atlanta rotation, the Braves agreed to sign top free agent starter Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal. The contract is worth the exact same amount as the qualifying offer that he turned down from the Royals at the beginning of the offseason. The Braves will now lose their 26th overall pick in June's draft as compensation for signing Santana, but Atlanta does have the 32nd pick after the Yankees signed former Braves catcher Brian McCann this winter.
  • The likely number one reason for Atlanta's willingness to sign Santana was the recent injury to Kris Medlen. On Wednesday, we learned that a second Tommy John surgery is now likely for the 28-year-old pitcher. Medlen told reporters that he has spent the past couple of days preparing himself for another Tommy John surgery.

Tribe News

  • According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are still believed to be discussing a long-term contract extension with All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. Hoynes noted that a possible comparison for Kipnis and Cleveland is the six-year, $52 million extension recently signed by infielder Matt Carpenter with the Cardinals.
  • Sixteen hits and a seven-run eighth inning helped Cleveland improve to 11-2-1 after their 12-7 win over San Diego on Wednesday. Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the contest and also made several nice plays at third base. Corey Kluber got the start and surrendered three runs on six hits in his four innings. He also struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
  • After Wednesday's game, Tribe manager Terry Francona named Kluber the team's number two starter going into 2014, behind Justin Masterson.
  • The Indians made 12 roster cuts on Wednesday, sending all 12 players to either a specific minor league affiliate or just minor league camp. The 12 players removed from big league camp were pitchers Austin Adams and T.J. House, catchers Tony WoltersJake Lowery, and Roberto Perez, outfielders Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, and infielders Francisco LindorErik GonzalezJose RamirezJesus Aguilar, and Joe Wendle.

Others News and Notes

  • Tim Britton of the Providence Journal wrote that the odds of Grady Sizemore breaking camp with the Red Sox and possibly even being the starter in center field are getting stronger as the spring goes on.
  • John Harper of the New York Daily News reported that the Mets are keeping an eye on the Diamondbacks shortstop competition. Harper said New York may attempt to obtain one of  Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings from Arizona.
  • The Astros released first baseman and former top prospect Brett Wallace.
  • MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reported that Mark Mulder may attempt another comeback bid next offseason, after his ruptured Achilles tendon heals.

User Comments

Hermie13
March 14, 2014 - 10:23 AM EDT
@Walter

If Sizemore has a better year than Jeter, I would agree that he "should" win the award....I just don't think he will. I think Jeter's name is already on the award...would take a total meltdown by him to not win it. I mean, Mariano Rivera had arguably his worst season since 2002 (not counting 2012 obviously) and still won the award.
Walter
March 14, 2014 - 10:16 AM EDT
I think if Sizemore has a better year than Jeter and the Red Sox make back to the post season, he should win as comeback player of the year. However both them have to prove they can stay healthy through 162 games season.
shy
March 13, 2014 - 12:06 PM EDT
For Grady to win the starting CF spot for the reigning World Series champions after all the surgeries he has been through and after having been consigned to the physically unable to play junk heap for essentially perpetuity would be absolute story book stuff. Seven years ago my cousin in Cleveland visited SF and brought me a Grady Sizemore bobblehead, I'm gettin' ready to open the box and dust that bad boy off!
Hermie13
March 13, 2014 - 9:26 AM EDT
Comeback player of the year has already been decided....it'll be Derek Jeter. Just like last year it was always going to be Mariano Rivera....

Not saying Jeter will deserve it, but if he stays healthy he's a lock IMO to win it. I think Grady could deserve it....but Scott Kazmir did something similar (missed a lot of time, had a good year) and never had a chance sadly.
Walter
March 13, 2014 - 9:22 AM EDT
If he stays healthy my comeback player of the year will be Grady Sizemore.

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