All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Feb. 4
Your one-stop shop for MLB news and rumors for the day. We'll hit on the Braves, A's, Mariners, Marlins, Padres, Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana and more.
Though none of the five remaining free agents with draft compensation attached signed (broken record alert!), there was some actual MLB news Tuesday. Let's check it out.
SIGNINGS, AVOIDING ARBITRATION, ETC.
Braves: The big news of the day came from Atlanta. The Braves granted an eight-year, $135 million contract extension to first baseman Freddie Freeman, effectively making him the face of the franchise. The Braves also avoided arbitration with outfielder Jason Heyward, who signed a two-year deal, eating up his remaining arbitration years.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Ryan Madson: The relief pitcher hasn't seen regular-season action since 2011. He's reportedly going to work out for multiple teams Friday, with the Twins being among the teams looking (Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota).
Tracy McGrady: Yes, the basketball player. He's got a shot to join the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League this season and is being trained as a pitcher by Roger Clemens.
Rangers: General manager Jon Daniels told MLB Network that he's looking at starting pitching options, but says not to expect the club to make a "big-ticket acquisition." (Heyman)
The lefty starter is coming off a terrible season
After acquiring Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart in recent days, the Angels are trending upward
Cozart's coming off a big season as the Reds' shortstop
The veteran slugger spent the last eight seasons with Cleveland
The Padres may be poised for an active winter
Yes, Bryce Harper is going to make a lot of money next winter