MLB Storylines: Hellickson to miss start of 2014 season
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.
With no major signings or trades occurring on Monday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.
Here are the stories from Monday, February 3rd.
News and Notes
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Rays pitcherJeremy Hellickson will be out until mid-to-late May, due to arthroscopic elbow surgery performed on the righty last week. Hellickson, 26, struggled in 2013, posting a 5.17 ERA in 174 innings, but was the 2011 Rookie of the Year when he went 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA in 189 innings.
- The Diamondbacks extended the contracts of general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson, and according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, will make one last run at the remaining free agents before they report for camp in three days.
- According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Scott Boras told him that he is very close to deals for Oliver Perez,Francisco Rodriguez, Jeff Baker, and Suk-min Yoon. Boras said that there are still six to seven teams pursuing Yoon, and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweeted that the Orioles have made an offer to the South Korean pitcher.
- Jim Bowden of ESPN wrote that the Red Sox have made a two-year offer to Stephen Drew. Bowden also said the Dodgers are not likely to bid on the remaining free agent pitchers, but do hope to have a deal done with another infielder in the next couple of days.
- Bowden believes that it is highly unlikely that Ervin Santana would return to the Royals or that Ubaldo Jimenez would return to the Indians. Bowden said the Blue Jays remain a likely landing spot for at least one of the two pitchers.
- Former Angels' starter Jerome Williams agreed to a one-year Major League deal with the Astros. The terms are unknown, but Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that it is an incentive-laden deal.
- The Mets signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the Mets may still pursue a reliever with closing experience. Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that the Mets are indeed looking for late-inning relief help and may be willing to sign someone to a Major League deal, but Fernando Rodney does not seem likely.
- Matt Yallof of MLB Network tweeted that Ryan Madson will hold an audition for as many as 12 teams on Friday. Madson has not pitched in the Majors since 2011.
As a note, I will be having a minor surgery on Tuesday morning and will be unable to write this article for a couple of days. My hope is that MLB Storylines will return Friday morning.