On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, March 8 ...
- Our man in the chopper reported that Ervin Santana may be close to signing a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, Orioles or unnamed National League team. Santana had earlier been angling for a deal worth almost $50 million, but the market is such that he now looks set to accept something close to qualifying offer (i.e., $14 million).
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- MLBPA: The Players Association isn't likely try to re-open CBA negotations this offseason in an effort to change the qualifying offer system for free agents, says Diamondbacks player rep Brad Ziegler. The current CBA expires in 2016. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
- Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke says his injured calf still isn't 100 percent after throwing a 35-pitch simulated game followed by another 50 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. (J.P. Hoornstra via Twitter)