MLB Storylines: Hochevar to miss the start of the season
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 5th.
- Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will miss two to three months of the season due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. Hochevar will be shut down entirely for two or three weeks, before needing another couple of months to rehab. As is the case with most ulnar collateral ligament injuries, Tommy John Surgery remains a possibility as well.
- MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince noted that Justin Masterson being willing to take a three to four year extension may be a strategic move on his part. A three-year deal would take Masterson past the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. It is believed that the current qualifying offer system could be modified or even scrapped in the new collective bargaining agreement, meaning Masterson could possibly get the security of an extension while also having the possibility of not being hindered in the free agent market by a qualifying offer. Castrovince also said that Masterson loves playing for Terry Francona, and that is “the only reason these extension conversations have had any traction.”
- After trailing 5-1 after six innings, the Indians stormed back for an 8-5 victory over Seattle on Wednesday. Ryan Raburn led the charge with his second homer of the spring.
- Danny Salazar will make his first appearance of the spring on Friday morning in an intrasquard “B” game.
News and Notes
- Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reported that the Orioles appeared willing to go up to three years and $30 million for Ervin Santana, but are not interested in him at his current asking price of four years and $50 million.
- Jarrod Saltalamachia told reporters that of the six or seven offers he received this winter, the Red Sox offered the lowest amount.
- Rick Ankiel has decided to officially retire from baseball after 11 seasons. Ankiel hopes to stay in baseball by landing a front office job.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that while Jim Thome loves his front office job with the White Sox, he would still be interested in returning to the playing field if he received an offer.
Still think the QO system is mostly fine. Guys that aren't that great shouldn't be rejecting $14M+ offers.