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MLB Storylines: Indians add infield depth with Sellers pickup

MLB Storylines: Indians add infield depth with Sellers pickup
Justin Sellers owns a .199 career batting average and .578 OPS in 88 career big league games. (Photo: AP)
March 3, 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.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Sunday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Sunday, March 2nd.

Tribe News 

  • The Indians acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Dodgers in exchange for cash.  Sellers has been added to the 40-man roster, and Cleveland designated first baseman David Cooper for assignment in order to make room for Sellers.  Cooper was signed to a one-year Major League deal in December.
  • Cleveland beat Seattle 6-3 on Sunday, with the main highlights being a 3-for-3 day for Michael Brantley and a game-winning three-run homer by top prospect Francisco Lindor.
  • Infield prospect Jose Ramirez is expected to make his spring debut on Tuesday in a “B” game against the Angels.

News and Notes

  • Peter Gammons of MLB Network wrote that most everyone he has talked to in baseball has mentioned the Rays as the team to beat in the American League – assuming they hold onto David Price.
  • Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said that the Mariners have sent scouts to watch some of the Rays young pitching talent.  Tampa Bay is known to have interest in Seattle infielder Nick Franklin.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that the Brewers and Pirates have sent scouts to watch Boston’s spring games with first baseman Mike Carp being the target of their interest.
  • Former first-round pick and top Seattle prospect Danny Hultzen will miss the 2014 season as the recovers from major left shoulder surgery.
  • ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews reported that Ichiro Suzuki made it known that he intends to play “many” seasons after 2014.  Ichiro will be a free agent following this upcoming season.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that the Mets appear content with opening the season with Ruben Tejeda as the club’s shortstop.
  • Jhonny Peralta said that he had received a three-year contract offer from the Yankees to play third base before he eventually signed with the Cardinals for four years and $53 million to be their everyday shortstop.

User Comments

March 3, 2014 - 9:38 AM EST
I keep hearing people say they need to resign Morales...but at this point can they? Hart, Smoak, and Morrison are all there still...sure maybe they can put Morrison back in LF (was terrible in Miami there though) and maybe Hart could still play there but with those knees he probably should DH. really a DH only at this point.

They'd need to make a trade IMO to fit him in, and even then I don't think Morales fits that well. I agree he'd help that offense (not trying to disagree there), just think the Mariners went about this offseason in a terrible way.

I agree they should grab Santana. He's not an Ace but a solid starter who can run into HR problems (see 2012)...and Safeco should really be a nice fit for him.
March 3, 2014 - 9:22 AM EST
I think Seattle is snake bitten when it comes to pitching. 2 of there best prospects are hurt in Walker and Hultzen. Mariners need to resign Morales and go after Ervin Santana.
March 3, 2014 - 8:44 AM EST
I don't get Seattle. Spend huge on Cano...ok, improved at 2B.

But to date they have let Morales and Ibanez go...two big bats in that lineup last year....and replaced them with Hart (missed all of last year and has never been good away from Miller Park) and Logan Morrison (hasn't been even not terrible in a couple years).

Rotation has some studs at the top but not the deepest of rotations, relying on lots of youth. If they want to avoid being Texas/A-Rod 2.0 they need to build that team up IMO. Get some more pitching at least.
March 3, 2014 - 8:05 AM EST
Good comp to Brent Lillibridge. I have to wonder if this is simply just protection for Ramirez who has been slowed as he comes back from thumb surgery. Also, might just be a temporary 40-man move....maybe they DFA him to add Johnson to the roster at the end of spring and know they can get him through waivers and then outright as depth to Columbus.
matt underwood
March 3, 2014 - 7:58 AM EST
depth? seems to me we re-signed Brent Lillenbridge part duex.
March 3, 2014 - 2:47 AM EST
I fail to see the reasoning. Would someone please enlighten me?

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