The 2014 regular season started halfway around the world on Saturday. Clayton Kershaw and Scott Van Slyke led the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The two clubs wrap up the two-game series on Sunday afternoon, local time.
While the Dodgers and D-Backs were playing meaningful games, the other 28 teams were going about their spring training business as usual on Saturday. Rosters are starting to be set and players are beginning to get cut, just so they enough time to find a new job before opening day. Here is a recap of Saturday's baseball news, but first make sure you check out Jon Heyman's blog for some stories from Braves' camp.
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
ROSTER CUTS & OPT-OUTS
Indians: Released OF Jeff Francoeur, who was signed to a minor league deal. (MLB.com)
Orioles: Designated RHP Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment, the team announced. The move clears room on the roster for Adams.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
MLBPA: May seek recourse against the Astros for manipulating OF George Springer's service time.
Diamondbacks: Not pursuing a starting pitcher even though LHP Patrick Corbin (Tommy John surgery) is out for the season and RHP Bronson Arroyo (back) has been slowed in camp. (MLB.com)
Dodgers: Receiving interest in RHP Javy Guerra and are expected to trade him soon. He was designated for assignment a few days ago. (MLB Daily Dish)
Padres: RHP Josh Johnson will miss 4-5 with a strained flexor muscle ... RHP Joe Wieland (elbow) will have arthroscopic surgery to deal with some irritation. He will be out until the All-Star break. (MLB.com)
Brewers: Roenicke announced that OF Carlos Gomez will be the team's leadoff hitter.