MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for March 20

Our own Jon Heyman has the latest on Justin Masterson’s contract talks. (USATSI)
Our own Jon Heyman has the latest on Justin Masterson’s contract talks. (USATSI)

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- There's plenty from our own Mr. Heyman. First, Heyman has learned that extension talks have broken off between the Indians and right-hander Justin Masterson. It appears that Masterson is now bound for free agency after the upcoming season. 

- Also regarding the Indians, Heyman reports that 2B Jason Kipnis and the team have circled opening day as the deadline for contract extension talks

- Heyman writes that the Royals will likely need to make the playoffs this season in order to have any shot at re-signing RHP James Shields, who's eligible for free agency next winter. 

- The Tigers have added Mariners INF Nick Franklin to their list of trade targets, Heyman reports. They're in the market for a shortstop given the status of Jose Iglesias (see below). 


- Orioles: Have signed reliever Luis Ayala, possibly to a minor-league deal.


- Astros: May be closing in on a five-year contract extension with 3B Matt Dominguez. (Jeff Passan via Twitter)

- Blue Jays: Have claimed INF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

- Brewers: Tom Haudricourt tweets that the Brewers appear to be "stealthily" having long-term extension talks with the agent for SS Jean Segura.

- Marlins:'s Joe Frisaro writes that the Marlins don't seem willing to trade any of their young pitchers right now. 


- Astros: X-rays on the injured hand of SS Carlos Correa were negative. Correa was forced from Wednesday's game after being struck on the left hand by a pitch.

- Braves: On Friday, RHP Brandon Beachy will undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career

- Giants: 2B Marco Scutaro received an injection in his ailing back and, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, is now 50-50 to be ready by opening day.

- Mets: LHP Jon Niese will reportedly open the season on the DL because of ongoing elbow inflammation. RHP Dillon Gee will now be the Mets' opening day starter.

- Phillies: OF Darin Ruf suffered a strained left oblique and now may not make the active roster coming out of spring training. (Jim Salisbury, CSN Philly)

- Reds: CL Aroldis Chapman, who suffered facial fractures and a mild concussion when he was struck in the face by a line drive on Wednesday night, underwent successful surgery on Thursday to insert a titanium plate at the fracture site. He should be able to throw again in 10 to 14 days and return to game action in four to six weeks.

- Tigers: Our own Jon Heyman reports that SS Jose Iglesias is likely to miss the entire 2014 season because of leg fractures. There is a chance, however, that he could return late in the year. 

- Yankees: An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's injured calf came back negative, and MGR Joe Girardi expects him to be ready for opening day. (Chad Jennings,

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