All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for March 9
An update on the injured shoulder of a former top prospect headlines Sunday's baseball news.
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.
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Orioles: GM Dan Duquette said he still has enough payroll flexibility to improve the team. Their interest in Santana is evidence. (MLB.com)
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)
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. (MLB.com)
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)
Orioles: 3B Manny Machado (knee surgery) will perform some sliding drills this week before having another checkup (MLB.com) ... RHP Miguel Gonzalez (leg contusion) is still sore after being hit by a comebacker and could be scratched from Tuesday's game. (Baltimore Sun)
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)
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley will travel with the team to Australia to start an exhibition game later this month. (MLB.com)
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