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March 27, 2014

Pirates reach 6-year extension with Marte

Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates have reached a six-year contract extension with outfielder Starling Marte. The deal, confirmed by a source familiar with the negotiations, includes two club options. MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Duquette reported the deal is worth $31 million. If true, it would be twice as rich..." March 26

  • If Giants won't pay Sandoval, some other team will

    San Francisco Chronicle "No need to start hitting grounders to Buster Posey at third base quite yet. A drastic move to replace Pablo Sandoval would be premature despite a $50 million divide between the Giants and their World Series MVP. A starting point is just that, both sides engaging to talk further about bridging..." March 26

  • CBSSports.com "We generally wouldn't post an update in this space when a player headed to Double-A might begin the season on the disabled list, but Byron Buxton isn't exactly an ordinary minor-leaguer. The Twins center fielder is the consensus top prospect in baseball. He's also currently dealing with a wrist..." March 26

  • Orange County Register "About 16 months after he signed Joe Blanton to a two-year $15 million deal, Jerry Dipoto cut his – and the Angels’ – losses. The Angels general manager released the embattled right-hander on Wednesday morning, a quick and somewhat predictable end to his tenure with the club. “It’s regrettable,”..." March 26

  • Baker wins job; Olt should be next

    ESPN.com "The Chicago Cubs named John Baker as the backup catcher and cleared two players from their 40-man roster by giving catcher George Kottaras his unconditional release and losing Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver claim. Kottaras signed a one-year deal with the Cubs over the winter..." March 26

  • Justin Verlander wraps up scoreless spring with six shutout innings

    Michigan Live "Spring training numbers are not indicative of what is to come in the regular season. For example, Justin Verlander is bound to give up a run sometime in 2014. But he didn't this spring. Verlander finished Grapefruit League play 4-for-4 in scoreless outings after striking out seven in 6 1/3..." March 26

  • Scott Diamond placed on waivers

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Minnesota Twins have placed left-hander Scott Diamond on waivers, a person with direct knowledge said Wednesday afternoon. Diamond, 27, lost out to right-hander Kyle Gibson in his bid to claim the final spot in the Twins’ starting rotation. Like right-hander Vance Worley, who cleared..." March 26

  • Dodgers surpass Yankees as highest paying MLB team

    SB Nation "For the first time in 16 years, the Yankees are not the highest-paying team in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers have overtaken the throne with their projected Opening Day payroll of $235 million, according to Ronald Blum of The Associated Press. That figure is $31 million more than what the..." March 26

  • Cubs setting roster with Jose Veras as closer

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have been saying it: Jose Veras is our closer. It’s too early for a ninth-inning controversy, though a National League scout covering the Cubs mentioned how Veras hasn’t looked like closer material this spring, giving up seven runs and 11 hits in eight innings, walking two batters and..." March 26

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions

    CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

  • MRI on Yasiel Puig’s back shows no damage

    Hardball Talk "Yasiel Puig made an early exit from the Dodgers’ second of two games in Australia with an apparent back injury. The situation did not sit well with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com that Puig “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.” But..." March 26

  • Jacoby Ellsbury hits in minor-league game, insists he'll be ready for Opening Day

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jacoby Ellsbury hit live pitching for the first time in 11 days Tuesday and asserted he will be ready for Opening Day, though he does not know when he will next play in a major-league game. Ellsbury, who has been nursing a tight right calf, went 1-for-4 with two walks and an RBI in an..." March 26

  • Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins made the first of what figure to be a week's worth of tough decisions Tuesday, optioning big-armed reliever Arquimedes Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans. Based on his major league debut last September and his Grapefruit League numbers this month, Caminero seemed like a safe bet to..." March 26

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