Great starting pitching was the hallmark of San Francisco’s two recent World Series-winning teams and the rotation intends to be competitive again in 2014.
Still the best arm left on the market, starter Ervin Santana is now considering a change of representation, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Santana’s current agent is Bean Stringfellow of Proformance. We heard from Stringfellow recently, as he spoke in strong terms about his determination to land Santana a contract befitting his talent, and said they had discussed the possibility of waiting to sign until after the June amateur draft (to shed the draft pick compensation tied to Santana). Here’s more on Santana: The Blue Jays are still unlikely even to make Santana an offer, reports Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. Though GM Alex Anthopoulos said that he has still had some contact with the representatives of some free agents, he added that ”I don’t think we have anything active.” Updating the market situation of Santana, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com writes that teams still in touch with Santana include the Orioles, Rockies, Rangers, and aforementioned Blue Jays
Let’s take a look at the latest on the best arm left on the market, starter Ervin Santana. Seemingly contradicting Alou, Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports (Twitter links) that Santana has fired Stringfellow. Santana does not have plans to hire a replacement, and could negotiate his own deal, according to Soldevila. Another of Santana’s reps at Proformance, Jay Alou, tweets that there has been ”no change” in Santana’s representation. ”Ervin Santana is still represented by the same person that he first signed with 15 years ago,” wrote Alou. Earlier Updates Santana is now considering a change of representation, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Santana is currently represented by Proformance. We heard from Proformance managing director Bean Stringfellow recently, as he spoke in strong terms about his determination to land Santana a contract befitting his talent, and said they had discussed the possibility of waiting to sign until after the June amateur draft (to shed the draft pick compensation tied to Santana). The Blue Jays are still unlikely even to make Santana an offer, reports Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com
Considering that Mitch Haniger is 23 years old and entering only his second full professional season, that this is his first Major League camp, that he is not on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster, and that his positions — center field and right field — are manned by Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun, he will probably not make the Brewers. But he is opening eyes in camp.
The Yankees announced on Thursday that Army will play its 41st game in the Bronx, and third at the current Yankee Stadium, in November against the University of Connecticut.
A week after shin splints forced Jose Iglesias out of action, the Tigers do not have a timetable on his return. That’s the bad news for the reigning American League Central champions and their shortstop. The good news for both is that they might finally have found a remedy for the shin issues that have bothered Iglesias for at least the last couple of years.
Just when Justin Verlander was ready to face opposing hitters again, he met up with one foe he was never going to beat. Heavy rains at Joker Marchant Stadium washed out Thursday’s Grapefruit League game between the Tigers and the split-squad Phillies.
In his latest piece for FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal wonders how the Indians could possibly say no to Justin Masterson’s proposed extension. Rosenthal’s sources tell him Masterson is seeking a three-year extension on top of his current deal at roughly market value in terms of average annual salary (Rosenthal speculates $17-18MM). Few Cleveland stars in any sport express a willingness to take a discount to stay, adds Rosenthal, and it would send a poor message to fans and the Indians’ players to make the decision not to pay Masterson. Here are some more highlights from a jam-packed Rosenthal column… Outfielder Billy Burns might be the most intriguing player in Athletics camp, writes Rosenthal. Acquired from the Nationals in exchange for Jerry Blevins, Burns was attractive to the A’s because he was one of just three players in all of minor league baseball with more than 50 stolen bases and an OBP north of .400 last season. Burns has swiped seven bags in eight Spring Training games thus far, and scouts have raved about his instincts as a leadoff man, says Rosenthal. Mike Olt has looked good thus far in camp with the Cubs, and the team’s preference is for him to win the third base job out of Spring Training rather than head back to Triple-A
Albert Pujols, coming off a season in which he was limited to 99 games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, has started at first base in four of the Angels’ six Cactus League games — and Wednesday was the most positive day so far.