On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, March 9 ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- White Sox: The Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with a total of 24 arbitration-eligible players. The list of players includes OF Avisail Garcia and LHP Jose Quintana. (Daryl Van Schouwen via Twitter)
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Astros: Houston received plenty of calls on arbitration-eligible catcher Jason Castro this offseason, but the organization decided against trading him. "We take all of those elements into account, and we really feel he's a player we can't be without at this point," GM Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.
- Phillies: Lefty Cole Hamels (shoulder) is ready to face hitters after a second clean bullpen session on Saturday. (Todd Zolecki, MLB.com) ... RHP Ethan Martin will be shut down for at least three weeks with a strained right shoulder capsule. (Matt Gelb via Twitter)
- Twins: 3B prospect Miguel Sano will soon undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entirety of the 2014 season.