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MLB Storylines: Groundwork for Trout's mega-extension set?

MLB Storylines: Groundwork for Trout's mega-extension set?
Mike Trout hit .323 with 27 HR, 97 RBI and a .988 OPS last season for the Angels. (Photo: AP)
February 27, 2014
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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, February 26th.

Top Stories

  • While a long-term extension has to be agreed upon, the Angels and Mike Trout has at least settled on a one-year, $1 million contract for 2014. The $1 million deal is the largest contract received by a pre-arbitration player in Major League history, surpassing the $900,000 deals received by Ryan Howard in 2007 and Albert Pujols in 2003.

Tribe News

  • The Indians dropped their Cactus League opener, losing 8-3 to Cincinnati. Rotation candidates Trevor Bauer and Aaron Harang each threw scoreless innings, although Bauer did walk two but managed to get out of a jam. Reliever Nick Hagadone also looked sharp in his inning of work. Ryan Raburn doubled, and catching prospect Tony Wolters had an RBI single.

Others News and Notes

  • According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees will be scouting other team's infielders heavily this spring, due to the lack of depth in their own infield.
  • The Red Sox have not had any meaningful dialogue with free agent shortstop Stephen Drew since the start of spring camp, according to Alex Speier of Speier said that Boston appears comfortable moving forward with their current roster without Drew.
  •'s Anthony DiComa reported that Mets starter Jon Niese has been shut down because of a dead arm and will be sent to New York for an MRI.
  • John Harper of the Daily News said that the Mets will monitor Mariners infielder Nick Franklin all spring and pay close attention to his defense. New York has been rumored to have interest in acquiring Franklin to fill their hole at shortstop.
  • USA Today's Scott Boeck tweeted that free agent starter Joe Saunders worked out for the Rangers on Wednesday. The Orioles have also shown interest in Saunders.
  • The agent for pitcher Carl Pavano has confirmed that his client will end his comeback bid and officially call it a career.

User Comments

February 27, 2014 - 1:46 PM EST
Thanks guys - Vive les Expos! (haha)
February 27, 2014 - 12:53 PM EST
Still a few more former Expos in the bigs other than Chen and Colon. Macier Izturis is still with the Blue Jays (signed thru 2015). Scott Downs just signed with the White Sox ($4M).

Couple minor league, NRI guys too: Brandon Harris, Endy Chavez, and Jon Rausch

Expos aren't completely dead yet! :)
February 27, 2014 - 12:10 PM EST
I think Tbone is a closet former Expos fan.;)
February 27, 2014 - 11:52 AM EST
Whoops check that last post - Bruce Chen is still active...
February 27, 2014 - 11:48 AM EST
With Pavano retiring that leaves Bartolo Colon as the last Montreal Expo.
February 27, 2014 - 11:31 AM EST
I don't think the Yanks make that deal either (at least not for Nova) as they need pitching as well as an infielder.

I wouldn't mind getting a spec pitcher and Cervelli though even that may be too much for the Yanks. Tribe was able to steal Zach McAllister from the Yanks after one bad year (was a top 5 spec in that system the year we got him)....
February 27, 2014 - 9:13 AM EST
Would you trade Cabrera straight up to Yanks for either pitcher Phelps or Nova? Not sure that the Yankees would make the trade.

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