MLB Storylines: Groundwork for Trout's mega-extension set?
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, February 26th.
- While a long-term extension has to be agreed upon, the Angels and Mike Trout has at least settled on a one-year, $1 million contract for 2014. The $1 million deal is the largest contract received by a pre-arbitration player in Major League history, surpassing the $900,000 deals received by Ryan Howard in 2007 and Albert Pujols in 2003.
- The Indians dropped their Cactus League opener, losing 8-3 to Cincinnati. Rotation candidates Trevor Bauer and Aaron Harang each threw scoreless innings, although Bauer did walk two but managed to get out of a jam. Reliever Nick Hagadone also looked sharp in his inning of work. Ryan Raburn doubled, and catching prospect Tony Wolters had an RBI single.
- Carlos Santana will make his debut at third base on Thursday when Cleveland again faces the Reds.Justin Masterson will make the start and rotation candidate Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to throw an inning as well.
Others News and Notes
- According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees will be scouting other team's infielders heavily this spring, due to the lack of depth in their own infield.
- The Red Sox have not had any meaningful dialogue with free agent shortstop Stephen Drew since the start of spring camp, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Speier said that Boston appears comfortable moving forward with their current roster without Drew.
- MLB.com's Anthony DiComa reported that Mets starter Jon Niese has been shut down because of a dead arm and will be sent to New York for an MRI.
- John Harper of the Daily News said that the Mets will monitor Mariners infielder Nick Franklin all spring and pay close attention to his defense. New York has been rumored to have interest in acquiring Franklin to fill their hole at shortstop.
- USA Today's Scott Boeck tweeted that free agent starter Joe Saunders worked out for the Rangers on Wednesday. The Orioles have also shown interest in Saunders.
- The agent for pitcher Carl Pavano has confirmed that his client will end his comeback bid and officially call it a career.
Couple minor league, NRI guys too: Brandon Harris, Endy Chavez, and Jon Rausch
Expos aren't completely dead yet! :)
I wouldn't mind getting a spec pitcher and Cervelli though even that may be too much for the Yanks. Tribe was able to steal Zach McAllister from the Yanks after one bad year (was a top 5 spec in that system the year we got him)....