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MLB Storylines: Gardner gets extension from Yankees

MLB Storylines: Gardner gets extension from Yankees
Brett Gardner is a career .273 hitter with a .733 OPS in six seasons with the Yankees. (Photo: AP)
February 24, 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 Sunday, February 23rd.

Top Stories

  • The Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension. The extension will begin after the 2014 season and the contract also includes an option for a fifth year at $12.5 million, with a $2 million buyout.
  • Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension worth somewhere is the $160 million neighborhood. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Angels preference is to lock up Trout to a seven-year extension, still in the $160 million range.

Tribe News

  • Trevor Bauer will get a chance to test out his new mechanics in a game environment on Wednesday as manager Terry Francona has named him the starter for the Cactus League opener. Bauer is scheduled to throw one inning and Francona said that Aaron Harang will follow.
  • Zach McAllister added a power slider to pitch arsenal over the winter. McAllister said the addition of the slider is to give him more of a strikeout pitch and to replace the inconsistent cutter that he threw last season.

Others News and Notes

  • Alex Speier of WEEI.com tweeted that the Red Sox plan to try Mike Carp out at third base this spring. Carp can play first base, the corner outfield, and DH, but Boston's depth at each position has led to some trade speculation surrounding Carp.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal, agent Scott Boras blames the Blue Jays lack of free agent activity on Toronto's ownership.
  • From late Saturday night, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have an examination on his throwing shoulder after experiencing pain this past week, according to the Associated Press.

User Comments

yourtribe
February 24, 2014 - 7:38 PM EST
Hermie, its one thing to work on pitches and refine the delivery. Quite another to try a whole new delivery two years after bring a top pick overall. Not saying he won't make it, but plenty of red flags.
Themaven
February 24, 2014 - 4:16 PM EST
The slider isn't a new pitch for McAllister he threw one before the Tribe switched him to the "spike" curveball several years ago.I believe the spike curve is the pitch that messed up his finger and Klubers'
Hermie13
February 24, 2014 - 2:32 PM EST
Bauer turned 23 just 5 weeks ago....lots of kids that age are still trying to figure out their delivery. Obviously would love to have him up in the bigs throwing 200 innings already but think some people forget how young Bauer still is. Not unusual for pitchers his age to struggle. Was falsely touted as a finished or near-finished product when we got him last year. Rushed too quickly.
yourtribe
February 24, 2014 - 2:04 PM EST
Anyone concerned Bauer is still trying to figure how to throw a baseball?
Walter
February 24, 2014 - 11:29 AM EST
Does that mean that McAllister will abandon or be limited on the number of curve balls he throw this season becasue of the previous finger injury? It that one of the reasons he developed the new power slider pitch this off season?

Was the curve ball the same pitch that also gave Kuber his finger injury also?
Tony
February 24, 2014 - 11:20 AM EST
The splitter was new last year and it may have affected his finger.....but he and the Indians said he hurt the finger throwing his curveball. Now, again, maybe the splitter and the grip from throwing it make his finger a ticking timebomb where it could have gone with any pitch.....but the curveball was the pitch that did it and was one he was unable to throw when he hurt it.
Andy N.
February 24, 2014 - 11:16 AM EST
I believe the splitter is what caused the finger issues last season, but I could be wrong. I'm just going off memory there.

ZMac worked on the split all winter too and it will be part of his repertoire this season. Jordan Bastian wrote that Callaway likes the splitter and new slider as a change of pace from McAllister's fastball. So I'm sure we'll see him using the split quite a bit in 2014.
Roger
February 24, 2014 - 11:05 AM EST
Andy can you tap your sources to find out whether zac mac is still perfecting the split i know he added that pitch to his arsenal last year. With his 6/6 height he certainly has the hand size to throw it and from what limited amount of it I saw last year it looked like an excellent work in progress. He throw mid 90's so the split is a natural pitch to add deception and disrupt the batters timing. Thaty combined with the new power slider gives him 4 major league pitches and thesky could be the limit with him!
Hermie13
February 24, 2014 - 8:20 AM EST
Very nice deal for the Yanks with respect to Gardner. Career numbers are better than Bourn's were heading into their respective walk years and the deal isn't for much more guaranteed. Gardner and Ells 1-2 in the Yanks lineup for the next 5-6 could be special...though of course they both have to stay healthy.
Walter
February 24, 2014 - 12:15 AM EST
Was it the cutter that led to McAllister having the finger injury last year? If he has developed a good slider that will mean a lot on what kind of success he might have this season.

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