All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 23

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Brett Gardner got himself a nice contract extension Sunday.
Brett Gardner got himself a nice contract extension Sunday. (USATSI)

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If we count spring training games, this is the last Sunday without baseball until the World Series is concluded. That just sounds awesome, doesn't it? Anywho, let's get to the daily rundown.

CONTRACT EXTENSION

Yankees: The club gave Brett Gardner a four-year, $52 million contract extension that also includes a club option for a fifth year.

REPORTS, RUMORS and SPECULATION

Angels: There's a report that the club is discussing a six-year, $150 million extension with Mike Trout.

Johan Santana: He's drawing interest from at least three AL clubs and aims for a June season debut.

Pirates: The club continues to look for a first baseman (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Red Sox: Mike Carp is giving third base a shot, and that would be very valuable for Boston if he could play an adequate third (Providence Journal).

Reds: They're looking to bring back Scott Rolen as some type of instructor (Cincinnati.com).

Rockies: They have decided against playing Carlos Gonzalez full-time in center field. Instead, he'll stay in left with Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson the options in center (MLB.com).

INJURY UPDATES

Cardinals: Jason Motte is 9 1/2 months from having Tommy John surgery and Sunday threw his first session to a crouching catcher (MLB.com).

Orioles: Pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is continuing to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He is throwing at 75 percent and could throw at 180 feet as soon as Thursday (baltimoresun.com).

Phillies: Cole Hamels is still expected to miss at least a start to begin the regular season, but he is making "tremendous progress" in his work back from shoulder tendinitis (csnphilly.com).

Rangers: Matt Harrison has been dealing with back issues, but he now says that he has changed mattresses and feels 100 percent (dallasnews.com).

Reds: Mat Latos is progressing in his return from arthroscopic knee surgery and has been throwing at distances of 100-120 feet. He's ahead of schedule in his rehab (MLB.com).

Rockies: Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been shut down with shoulder inflammation and is going to have an MRI.

Tigers: Alex Avila missed his second straight day of workouts due to back spasms, but he should get back in the swing of things Monday. Reliever Bruce Rondon threw live batting practice after missing a few days due to allergies. Finally, Justin Verlander is scheduled to throw his first live bullpen session of the spring -- he's coming off core muscle surgery -- Monday (Mlive.com).

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