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Storylines: Baltimore-Washington television dispute continues

Storylines: Baltimore-Washington television dispute continues
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August 19, 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: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Monday, Aug. 18. 

Tribe News:

  • Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (via Fangraphs) reported that Carlos Santana's 4.0 UZR/150 is the best single-season defensive rating of any Cleveland first baseman (min. 500 innings) in the past decade.

News and Notes:

  • The presiding judge over the Baltimore-Washington television dispute awarded MASN a preliminary injunction that will prevent the Nationals from acting to enforce the arbitration award for the time being, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. The immediate effect is that Washington will not be able to demand the increased rights fees while the litigation plays out. More broadly, the order would appear to be a promising development for the Orioles' side of the dispute, indicating that the court could be inclined to allow the case challenging the arbitration award to move forward. But even that still must be briefed and argued before the sides engage in any discovery or reach the merits of the immediate dispute — which is, itself, a step removed from the ultimate question of the rights fee amount.
     
  • A group of high-profile Rangers players cleared revocable waivers, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Ace Yu Darvish, star third baseman Adrian Beltre, young shortstop Elvis Andrus, and recent free agent-signee Shin-Soo Choo all cleared. (Outfielder Alex Rios has already cleared waivers.) Meanwhile, lefty Neal Cotts is still on waivers, with his period set to expire today.
     
  • Several competitors believe that the Phillies are the favorites to land Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo, George A. King III of the New York Post reported, though that is not a universally shared belief. While Castillo is actively considering offers, there is presently no known timetable for him to choose a team and finalize a contract, King added. Sources told King that the contractual guarantee will likely fall in the $40 million to $55 million range.
     
  • Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that he is still interested in adding a bullpen arm and power bench bat to the roster, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported. The club has already added two right-handed starters this month, acquiring Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia.
     
  • The Nationals inked outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a minor league deal, the club announced. The left-handed-swinging 30-year-old was recently released by the Cubs, who will owe him the remainder of his $5 million salary — less whatever he earns in Washington (presumably, at the league-minimum rate).
     
  • The Blue Jays claimed first baseman Matt Hague off waivers from the Pirates, Toronto announced via press release. Hague was optioned to Triple-A.

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