All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 21
It's time to conclude the day with our quick-hitting round. We'll touch on the Dodgers, A's, Cubs, Nationals, Orioles, Padres, Rangers, Rays, Reds, White Sox, Yankees, Mariners, Mets, Pirates and Red Sox.
The Free Agent Four -- Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz and Kendrys Morales -- remain unsigned, and my colleague Jon Heyman has a great look at the situation from the perspective of Drew. As for everything else, let's take our daily stroll through baseball.
Dodgers: They've inked Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena to a five-year deal.
Cubs: Right fielder Nate Schierholtz was struck in the head during a collision with Junior Lake during a popup drill. Thus far, Schierholtz is expected to return Saturday in good condition (chicagotribune.com), but it's still a head issue, so it's worth monitoring.
Dodgers: Center fielder Matt Kemp isn't expected to be ready for the club's season-opening series against Arizona in Australia. Also, Yasiel Puig -- who has packed on a few lbs. this offseason -- missed his second straight day of practice Friday due to a bruised thigh (MLB.com). Finally, starting pitcher Paul Maholm is dealing with a tender pitching elbow (MLB.com).
Orioles: Big-time pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is throwing from 150 feet now in his rehab back from Tommy John surgery. Also, starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is feeling "100 percent" after some brief back spasms in camp (MLB.com).
Rangers: Possible closer Neftali Feliz had some soreness in his throwing arm earlier in the week, but came through a session Friday without issue (dallasnews.com). Starting pitcher Matt Harrison had an MRI on his latest back problem and the results showed no serious issues (MLB.com). Catcher Geovany Soto is dealing with left ankle/Achilles soreness and is seeing a specialist (dallasnews.com).
Reds: After having knee surgery just a week ago, Mat Latos is already throwing from 60 feet (MLB.com). Setup man Jonathan Broxton is recovering from forearm surgery (last August) and is making great progress. He's now throwing every day (MLB.com).
REPORTS, RUMORS and SPECULATION
Mariners: They are eyeing a reunion with free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales, according to Jon Heyman. One of the club's young infielders -- either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller -- is likely to be traded, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who cites the Mets as a possible landing spot.
Mets: See the Mariners entry.
Red Sox: Extension talks with designated hitter David Ortiz are underway, says club president Larry Lucchino (via Providence Journal).
Yankees: I wouldn't expect a Rivera (or Jeter) type retirement tour, but Alfonso Soriano is pondering retirement after the 2014 season, he tells the New York Post.
Where might the Orioles third baseman land?
Kinsler will slot in at second base for the Angels
The Marlins got a better return for Ozuna than Stanton or Gordon
The two teams are going about things in very different ways
The Marlins are indeed in teardown mode under new ownership
The Marlins still have more attractive pieces