- Our man in the chopper reports that Justin Masterson may be willing to accept a contract extension from the Indians that spans fewer years than you might think -- perhaps as few as three. Such a stance increases the Tribe's chances of getting him locked up.
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- Royals: RHP James Shields says he has no interest in talking contract extension after the season begins. He's eligible for free agency next winter.
- Dodgers: Pitching prospect Ross Stripling will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entirety of the 2014 season. Baseball America recently named Stripling as the no. 10 prospect in the Dodgers' system. (Ken Gurnick via Twitter)
- Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder inflammation) is expected to resume throwing on Thursday of this week. The M's are hoping that the highly touted Walker, age 21, will be a core member of the rotation in this, his rookie season. He won't be ready for opening day, but, barring addition setbacks, he should be ready to contribute soon thereafter. (Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune)