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All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 17

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Aaron Harang has a shot at making the Indians' rotation.
Aaron Harang has a shot at making the Indians' rotation. (USATSI)

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The Free Agent Five is now the Free Agent Four, as Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew remain unsigned but Ubaldo Jimenez has found a home -- in a deal I believe is unlikely to succeed.

Let's dive in.


Indians: They've brought in veteran starting pitcher Aaron Harang and he could make $1 million this season if he earns a rotation spot (Jon Heyman).

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez has been signed to a four-year, $50 million deal.


Athletics: They claimed reliever Joe Savery from the Phillies, who was removed from the 40-man roster with the signing of A.J. Burnett.

Royals: Infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes has been claimed off waivers from the Orioles. Paredes has been with the Astros, Marlins, Orioles and Royals now this offseason.


Similar to Ryan Dempster, Barry Zito says that he's taking a break in 2014 but isn't retiring from baseball.


Braves: In an article about the recent contract extensions by the club, beat writer David O'Brien says that he doesn't think Jason Heyward will be signed long-term. Heyward is set to be a free agent after the 2015 season.

Mets: There's a "significant gap" in what the Mets would like to pay free agent shortstop Stephen Drew and what he wants (newsday.com).

Kendrys Morales: The Mariners and Orioles are possibilities for the free agent.

Padres: Third baseman Chase Headley hasn't had discussions with the club about a possible contract extension. He's set to hit free agency after this season.

Red Sox: Jon Lester says that he hasn't had any discussions with the front office about a possible contract extension. He's only locked up for this season before hitting free agency.

Twins: Outfielder Josh Willingham wants to finish his career with the club (twincities.com).


Astros: All-Star reliever Jesse Crain is hoping to be ready to pitch in the majors sometime in April, following offseason surgery on his right biceps tendon (MLB.com).

Braves: Star setup man Jonny Venters is taking a "slow, steady" approach to rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. If things go well, he could begin a rehab assignment about the time the Braves break camp in late March (MLB.com).

Cardinals: Reliever Kevin Siegrist skipped his scheduled bullpen session Monday due to some left arm soreness, but the move has been termed precautionary (MLB.com).

Diamondbacks: Outfielder Cody Ross is ahead of schedule in his return from hip surgery. He might even be ready to start with the club on opening day (MLB.com).

Mariners: Rookie pitcher Taijuan Walker threw off the mound and reported no issues (seattletimes.com). He had experienced some soreness previously.

Pirates: Closer Jason Grilli hasn't thrown off a mound since Thursday, but he says he's perfectly fine. Also, starter Wandy Rodriguez had a very encouraging bullpen session (triblive.com).

Rangers: Second baseman Jurickson Profar has been cleared to begin his throwing program (dallasnews.com). He was dealing with a shoulder injury.

Twins: Shortstop Pedro Florimon will be sidelined at least two weeks after having surgery to remove his appendix Monday. It wasn't an emergency appendectomy, however, so his timetable for a return is significantly shorter than it could have been (MLB.com).

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