All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for March 9

Jurickson Profar and his sore shoulder are close to returning to the field.
Jurickson Profar and his sore shoulder are close to returning to the field. (USATSI)

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Three weeks from now, the domestic portion of the 2014 regular season will get underway. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play two games in Australia first. Here is a recap of Sunday's baseball news.


Commissioner Bud Selig: No indications he will change his mind about retiring after the season.

3B Chase Headley: Padres made a long-term extension offer, but the two sides are not on the same page.

RHP Ervin Santana: Twins made a three-year contract offer. The Orioles and Blue Jays remain in the mix.

Indians: Have not yet made RHP Justin Masterson an offer after he expressed a willingness to sign a short-term extension.


Cardinals: Agreed to sign Cuban IF Aledmys Diaz, the team announced. It is reportedly a four-year deal.


OF Dayan Viciedo: The White Sox and Mariners are reportedly discussing a trade involving Viciedo.

Orioles: GM Dan Duquette said he still has enough payroll flexibility to improve the team. Their interest in Santana is evidence. (

Tigers: GM Dave Dombrowski shot down a rumor suggesting the team was listening to offers for RHP Rick Porcello. (Detroit Free Press)

Twins: Have some interest in White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza. (Boston Globe)


Angels: 3B David Freese was scratched from Sunday's game with a blood blister under his foot. He is hoping to play Monday. (Los Angeles Times)

Athletics: C Derek Norris (back spasms) could return to the lineup on Tuesday, according to manager Bob Melvin (San Francisco Chronicle) ... C Dusty Brown had arthroscopc shoulder surgery on Friday and will be out six weeks. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Braves: RHP Kris Medlen left Sunday's start with a right forearm strain. He will be examined further on Monday.

Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is "very excited" about the way he feels, though he will spend the next two days getting looked at by Dr. James Andrews (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ... Top prospect OF Oscar Taveras will be shut down for a few days with a hamstring problem. (

Cubs: OF Ryan Sweeney is day-to-day after leaving Sunday's game with a sore right knee. (CBS Chicago)

Diamondbacks: C Bronson Arroyo (back) feels better after receiving an epidural and is hoping to return to game action this coming Friday. (Arizona Republic)

Giants: OF Hunter Pence (shoulder) is expected to return to game action on Monday (San Francisco Chronicle) ... OF Michael Morse is nursing a sore calf but should be ready in a day or two (San Francisco Chronicle)

Indians: UTIL Ryan Raburn (knee contusion) could return to game action on Monday ( ... RHP Matt Capps (shoulder) will resume playing catch on Monday. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Mets: LHP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) will make his spring debut on Tuesday (ESPN New York) ... 2B Daniel Murphy (shin) is day-to-day after getting banged up on a slide. (ESPN New York)

Nationals: Manager Matt Williams said the inflammation in RHP Doug Fister's elbow is "starting to get out of there." (MASN Sports)

Orioles: 3B Manny Machado (knee surgery) will perform some sliding drills this week before having another checkup ( ... RHP Miguel Gonzalez (leg contusion) is still sore after being hit by a comebacker and could be scratched from Tuesday's game. (Baltimore Sun)

Padres: C Yasmani Grandal (knee surgery) felt good after catching three innings in a simulated game. (

Rangers: 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder) could begin playing the field this coming week. (Dallas Morning News)

Reds: RHP Mat Latos (knee) will not be ready for opening day, but he could be ready to make a start during the first week of the season. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Red Sox: RHP Jake Peavy (finger) will make his spring debut on Thursday  ... LHP Craig Breslow (sore shoulder) has yet to throw off a mound in camp and is not close to game action. (Boston Herald)

Rockies: UTIL Jordan Pacheco (shoulder) has been cleared to resume hitting but is not yet ready to play games ... LHP Boone Logan (elbow surgery) threw a bullpen session. (Denver Post)

Tigers: Manager Brad Ausmus said the team "will have to make a decision" soon about SS Jose Iglesias (shin splits), who may not be ready in time for opening day. (Detroit News)

Twins: SS Pedro Florimon (appendectomy) hopes to make his spring debut within a week (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) ... OF Oswaldo Arcia (stomach virus) took batting practice and is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana (shin contusion) is still sore after being hit by a line drive on Saturday. (

Yankees: SS Brendan Ryan (oblique) is hopeful he can return to game action on Wednesday. (YES Network)


Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley will travel with the team to Australia to start an exhibition game later this month. (

Dodgers: Officially named LHP Clayton Kershaw and LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu the starters for their season-opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia.

Orioles: RHP Suk-Min Yoon is hoping to arrive in camp later this coming week after securing his work visa. (Baltimore Sun)

Rockies: Manager Walt Weiss announced LHP Jorge De La Rosa will be the team's opening day starter. (Denver Post)

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