MLB Storylines: Ervin Santana, Braves strike a deal
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, March 12th.
- With injuries threatening the depth of the Atlanta rotation, the Braves agreed to sign top free agent starter Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal. The contract is worth the exact same amount as the qualifying offer that he turned down from the Royals at the beginning of the offseason. The Braves will now lose their 26th overall pick in June's draft as compensation for signing Santana, but Atlanta does have the 32nd pick after the Yankees signed former Braves catcher Brian McCann this winter.
- The likely number one reason for Atlanta's willingness to sign Santana was the recent injury to Kris Medlen. On Wednesday, we learned that a second Tommy John surgery is now likely for the 28-year-old pitcher. Medlen told reporters that he has spent the past couple of days preparing himself for another Tommy John surgery.
- According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are still believed to be discussing a long-term contract extension with All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. Hoynes noted that a possible comparison for Kipnis and Cleveland is the six-year, $52 million extension recently signed by infielder Matt Carpenter with the Cardinals.
- Sixteen hits and a seven-run eighth inning helped Cleveland improve to 11-2-1 after their 12-7 win over San Diego on Wednesday. Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the contest and also made several nice plays at third base. Corey Kluber got the start and surrendered three runs on six hits in his four innings. He also struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
- After Wednesday's game, Tribe manager Terry Francona named Kluber the team's number two starter going into 2014, behind Justin Masterson.
- The Indians made 12 roster cuts on Wednesday, sending all 12 players to either a specific minor league affiliate or just minor league camp. The 12 players removed from big league camp were pitchers Austin Adams and T.J. House, catchers Tony Wolters, Jake Lowery, and Roberto Perez, outfielders Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, and infielders Francisco Lindor, Erik Gonzalez, Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar, and Joe Wendle.
Others News and Notes
- Tim Britton of the Providence Journal wrote that the odds of Grady Sizemore breaking camp with the Red Sox and possibly even being the starter in center field are getting stronger as the spring goes on.
- John Harper of the New York Daily News reported that the Mets are keeping an eye on the Diamondbacks shortstop competition. Harper said New York may attempt to obtain one of Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings from Arizona.
- The Astros released first baseman and former top prospect Brett Wallace.
- MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reported that Mark Mulder may attempt another comeback bid next offseason, after his ruptured Achilles tendon heals.
If Sizemore has a better year than Jeter, I would agree that he "should" win the award....I just don't think he will. I think Jeter's name is already on the award...would take a total meltdown by him to not win it. I mean, Mariano Rivera had arguably his worst season since 2002 (not counting 2012 obviously) and still won the award.
Not saying Jeter will deserve it, but if he stays healthy he's a lock IMO to win it. I think Grady could deserve it....but Scott Kazmir did something similar (missed a lot of time, had a good year) and never had a chance sadly.