MLB Storylines: Trout, Angels agree to extension
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Here are the stories from Friday, March 28th.
- The Angels have officially announced agreement on a long-term extension with star outfielder Mike Trout. The deal will cover six years and is worth $144.5 million. Trout will receive a full no-trade clause.The six-year agreement will start in 2015 and will take Trout through his age-28 season in 2020, covering three arbitration-eligible seasons and three free agent seasons. It does not include any option years at the back end, meaning Trout now stands to hit the open market at age 29.
- In a joint press release, Major League Baseball and the Major League Player's Association announced a newly enhanced testing and suspension protocol in the Joint Drug Program. First come changes to the number of PED tests conducted. The new standards more than double the number of in-season random urine tests. Also, the number of random blood tests for hGH will increase to 400. The new agreement also enhances the suspension penalties that can be applied. A first offense will now carry an 80-game suspension; a second offense comes with a full-season, 162-game suspension and loss of the full year's salary; and a third offense will result in a permanent ban. Also, a player hit with a suspension cannot return to play in that years post-season. An arbitration panel may choose to reduce the discipline in the event that the player can prove that the use was not intended to enhance performance. Any player who has a suspension upheld will be subject to six additional random, unannounced urine tests and three blood tests for every year in the remainder of his career.
- Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported that the Indians plan on being cautious with Michael Bourn's comeback from his left hamstring injury, making it unlikely that the center fielder will return from the disabled when he first becomes eligible.
- Jason Giambi is in line to be placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday and is hoping to be able to return when eligible on April 5. Bastian noted that Giambi needs to take regular batting practice (currently scheduled for Monday in Oakland), and Giami said the Indians want to also simulate a pinch-hitting scenario before activating him.
- Bastian also reported that Terry Francona said he is still weighing what to do for his Opening Day lineup. He did note that Carlos Santana will be at third base, Nyjer Morgan will likely be in center field and Ryan Raburn might be given the nod at designated hitter. Francona said he is scheduled to meet with staff members on Sunday to discuss a variety of issues.
News and Notes:
- Grady Sizemore will be the Red Sox center fielder on Opening Day, manager John Farrell told reporters.
- The Phillies acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash considerations and added him to the team's 40-man roster, the club announced. The club further announced that it had informed Reid Brignacthat he would not make the club.
- Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported the Yankees have reached agreement on a minor league deal with pitcher Alfredo Aceves and he will work out of the Triple-A rotation, and has a July 1 opt-out clause.
- Bill Chastain of MLB.com reported the Rays have agreed to re-sign left-handed starter Erik Bedard to a minor league deal.
- Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reported that the Rangers claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off of waivers from the Athletics.
- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told The Toronto Star's Richard Griffin that the team is open to possibly extending the contracts of Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Reyes.
- Matt Eddy reported the Diamondbacks released first baseman Shelley Duncan.