All you need to know: MLB rumors and news roundup for March 8
Saturday's full spring training recap -- transactions, rumors and injury updates -- can be found within.
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 Toronto Blue Jays , Baltimore 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).
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- St. Louis Cardinals : Have agreed to a six-year, $52-million contract extension with 3B Matt Carpenter . The deal also includes an option for the 2020 season.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS
- 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 Arizona Diamondbacks player rep Brad Ziegler . The current CBA expires in 2016. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
- Kansas City Royals : Wade Davis has been removed from the fifth starter's competition and permanently installed in the bullpen. (Andy McCullough, Kansas City Star)
- Los Angeles Angels : OF Josh Hamilton (calf) is slated to take on-field batting practice on Sunday. He should be ready to make his spring debut in about a week. (Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times)
- Los Angeles 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)
- New York Mets : RHP Matt Harvey , who's working his way back from October Tommy John surgery, continues to suggest he'll pitch toward the end of the upcoming season.
- Washington Nationals : An MRI on the sore elbow of RHP Doug Fister turned up no structural concerns. He's been diagnosed with inflammation, and he tells MLB.com's Andrew Simon that he's not concerned.
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