MLB News and Notes: MLB set to add expanded replay
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 Thursday, January 16th.
- Major League Baseball will officially have expanded replay for 2014 and beyond. On Thursday, MLB owners unanimously approved the new replay system at an owner's meeting. Managers will have one challenge that they can use in a game. If a play is challenged and any part of it is overturned, the manager will be able to hold on to the challenge and use it one more time throughout the game. No more than two challenges for each manager are allowed throughout the entirety of a game. Challengeable plays include: ground-rule doubles, fan interference, stadium boundary calls, force plays (with the exception of a fielder touching second base on a double play), tag plays, fair/foul calls in the outfield, trap calls in the outfield, hit by pitch calls, timing plays (whether a runner scores before a third out is recorded), touching a base, passing runners and record-keeping (e.g. ball and strike counts, outs, substitutions). Teams also will now be allowed to show replays of close plays on their stadium's video boards.
- Over the past few days and throughout the coming weeks, there will be several players and teams agreeing to deals to avoid arbitration. To keep up with all of the arbitration news, visit MLB Trade Rumors' 2014 Arbitration Tracker.
News and Notes
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Cubs plan to make a serious push for Masahiro Tanaka. Jayson Stark of ESPN tweeted that many owners believe the Cubs are ready to blow the competition away and sign Tanaka.
- Rosenthal also reported that the Brewers are close to signing corner infielder Mark Reynolds. A Reynolds signing could put an end to the winter-long rumors of Milwaukee attempting to trade for Ike Davis. Although, Rosenthal also tweeted that a deal between Reynolds and the Brewers would be a minor league deal.
- Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers are in talks with several free agent pitchers in an attempt to find someone to fill in for the injured Derek Holland. Paul Maholm and Bruce Chenare two of the pitchers the Rangers have contacted.
- John McDonald agreed to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite with the Angels.
- Infielder Chris Getz will go to Spring Training on a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.
- Hard-throwing reliever Henry Rodriguez will be in Spring Training with the Marlins after agreeing to a minor league contract.
- Catcher Michael McKenry also got a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite with the Rockies.