From Jon Heyman ... First, our man in the chopper reports that the Rockies may have some interest in free agent starter Ervin Santana. Heyman also name-checks the Orioles, Rangers and Mariners as having some interest in Santana. Elsewhere, Heyman reports that the Indians have approached 2B Jason Kipnis regarding a contract extension.
Now for the rest ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- Rangers: Have signed MGR Ron Washington to a contract extension through the 2015 season.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Cubs: Regarding the trade status of RHP Jeff Jeff Samardzija, Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times is hearing differing opinions. Two "industry sources" tell Wittenmeyer that there's a good chance Samardzija is traded before opening day, while a third source says there are no current trade talks to that end.
- Mets: COO Jeff Wilpon says the team intends to exercise its 2015 option on GM Sandy Alderson. (Kristie Ackert, New York Daily News) ... Tim Rohan of the New York Times writes that Daisuke Matsuzaka has a shot at winning the Mets' fifth-starter job.
- Rangers: An MRI on the back of LHP Matt Harrison showed no damage, and he's expected to resume throwing soon. While he's not expected to be ready for opening day, consider this something close to a best-case scenario. Harrison last year underwent a pair of back surgeries during his lost 2013 season. (Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News) ... RHP Colby Lewis (Tommy John surgery, hip replacement) will pitch in an intra-squad game on Tuesday. Lewis has sent regular-season action since July of 2012 and is in camp on a minor-league contract. (T.R. Sullivan, MLB.com)