MLB Storylines: Gardner gets extension from Yankees
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 Sunday, February 23rd.
- The Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension. The extension will begin after the 2014 season and the contract also includes an option for a fifth year at $12.5 million, with a $2 million buyout.
- Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Angels and superstar outfielder Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension worth somewhere is the $160 million neighborhood. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Angels preference is to lock up Trout to a seven-year extension, still in the $160 million range.
- Trevor Bauer will get a chance to test out his new mechanics in a game environment on Wednesday as manager Terry Francona has named him the starter for the Cactus League opener. Bauer is scheduled to throw one inning and Francona said that Aaron Harang will follow.
- Zach McAllister added a power slider to pitch arsenal over the winter. McAllister said the addition of the slider is to give him more of a strikeout pitch and to replace the inconsistent cutter that he threw last season.
Others News and Notes
- Alex Speier of WEEI.com tweeted that the Red Sox plan to try Mike Carp out at third base this spring. Carp can play first base, the corner outfield, and DH, but Boston's depth at each position has led to some trade speculation surrounding Carp.
- Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reported that Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Justin Smoak will be his first baseman as long as he performs. This means Logan Morrison and Corey Hart will rotate between the outfield and DH.
- According to Ken Rosenthal, agent Scott Boras blames the Blue Jays lack of free agent activity on Toronto's ownership.
- From late Saturday night, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will have an examination on his throwing shoulder after experiencing pain this past week, according to the Associated Press.
Was the curve ball the same pitch that also gave Kuber his finger injury also?
ZMac worked on the split all winter too and it will be part of his repertoire this season. Jordan Bastian wrote that Callaway likes the splitter and new slider as a change of pace from McAllister's fastball. So I'm sure we'll see him using the split quite a bit in 2014.