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All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Feb. 19

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Brandon Belt has a new contract for 2014.
Brandon Belt has a new contract for 2014. (USATSI)

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Grapefruit League and Cactus League games will begin in less than a week, meaning real live baseball is upon us. Here is a recap of Wednesday's baseball news, including transactions to injury updates.

EXTENSIONS

Braves: Signed GM Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez to contracts beyond 2014.

Reds: Agreed to a six-year, $105 million contract with RHP Homer Bailey.

AVOIDED ARBITRATION

Giants: Agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.9 million with 1B Brandon Belt. (Jon Heyman)

ROSTER CUTS

Orioles: Designated RHP Liam Hendriks for assignment, the team announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for the recently signed RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

OF Josh Willingham: Said he is open to signing an extension and staying with the Twins beyond 2014. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Blue Jays: Unlikely to sign a starting pitcher. They won't sign RHP Ervin Santana unless he "falls into their lap." (ESPN)

Cardinals: Expected to make an offer to Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz, perhaps within the next 24 hours.

Orioles: Remain interested in 1B Ike Davis for their DH opening. (New York Post)

Rangers: GM Jon Daniels said he has not ruled out re-signing OF Nelson Cruz. He would presumably fill their DH spot. (MLB.com)

INJURY UPDATES

Astros: RHP Mark Appel could throw a bullpen session as soon as Thursday. He is recovering from an emergency appendectomy (Houston Chronicle) ... RHP Jesse Crain suffered a calf strain and will have an MRI. (MLB.com)

Brewers: 3B Aramis Ramirez had surgery to remove a non-malignant polyp from his colon. He will be a few days behind schedule in spring training. (MLB.com)

Dodgers: Both RHP Brandon League and RHP Zach Lee threw off a mound on Wednesday. Both guys are dealing with lat strains. (True Blue LA)

Indians: OF Michael Bourn says his hamstring is 100 percent. He had surgery back in October. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Orioles: DH Henry Urrutia missed Wednesday's workout due to a stomach problem (Baltimore Sun) ... RHP Miguel Gonzalez threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. He's been dealing with a back problem. (MASN Sports)

Padres: LHP Cory Luebke had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. It is his second such procedure in less than two years. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Pirates: OF Travis Snider took batting practice on Wednesday. He missed some time after cutting his finger in a household incident. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Rangers: LHP Matt Harrison will see a specialist for his problematic neck on Thursday. The expectation is that he will be cleared to resume workouts. (Dallas Morning News)

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander threw 54 pitches in a bullpen session. He is coming back following core muscle surgery. (MLB.com)

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones resumed working out on Wednesday but is still limited. He is dealing with a glute problem. (CSN Chicago)

 
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