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Storylines: Hanrahan drawing interest from multiple teams

Storylines: Hanrahan drawing interest from multiple teams
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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, April 30th.

Tribe News

  • Manager Terry Francona said that the club will wait a little longer to make a decision on if Jason Kipnis' injury will require a trip to the disabled list. Francona also said that he doesn't feel a decision has to be made by Friday, when Cleveland plays next, stating that he believes they have the versatility to get by for a little while if needed. Kipnis did say that he was feeling better Wednesday morning.

Others News and Notes

  • According to Jon Heyman of, the Rockies, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Tigers are all showing serious interest in free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan.
  • Milwaukee suffered another injury Wednesday, although this one may be minor. Starter Matt Garza left his start due to a bruised right thumb suffered while batting during the top half of the 4th inning.
  • The Tigers have recalled lefty pitching prospect Robbie Ray to temporarily replace the injured Anibal Sanchez in the Detroit rotation. Ray, 22, was acquired by Detroit from the Nationals in the offseason's Doug Fister trade.
  •'s Tom Singer wrote that the dominance of Pirates' prospect Gregory Polanco at the Triple-A level could actually be hurting him. Singer believes that Pittsburgh may want to first see how Polanco handles adversity before promoting him to the big leagues.
  • Rockies' starter Tyler Chatwood left Tuesday night's ballgame with elbow tightness. Manager Walt Weiss doesn't believe it is too serious, but Chatwood did miss a month last season with a similar injury.
  • Catcher Miguel Olivo had his contract purchased with the Dodgers. Tim Federowicz was sent to Triple-A to make room for Olivo.

User Comments

May 1, 2014 - 12:50 PM EDT
I get what Francona is saying in regards to being able to fill in for Kip right now....but wouldn't mind seeing a guy like Lee optoined down and a bat up from AAA. Would still have a 7-man pen with Carrasco out there. Tribe went with 14 positions players and 11 pitchers for a few days last year when Santana was banged up (had 3 catchers on the roster). Could call up a Sellers or Ramirez to take Kip's place while he's day-to-day. Or could even call up Aguilar and give him a start against Danks (a lefty). Can always just option that player back down when you need to recall Bauer (or whomever you bring up for that May 6th start).
May 1, 2014 - 11:19 AM EDT
They signed Marte this winter...they signed Tabata back in August 2011. Not making a ton but decent money (along the lines of Brantley). Making $3M this year, $4M in 2015, and $4.5M in 2016 with options for 2017, 2018, and 2019 ($0.25M buyout for any of the optoins). So has $11.75M guaranteed left on his deal over 3 years (minus what he's made this year so far).

So enough to keep Polanco out long-term? No...but enough that the Pirates were reportedly shopping him this winter and give them some pause in calling Polanco this soon...
May 1, 2014 - 10:12 AM EDT
Tabata??? I thought it was Marte. If they signed Tabata long term then that's a bone head move.

May 1, 2014 - 9:58 AM EDT
Facing adversity could be a reason the Pirates haven't called up Polanco yet....

Service time and Tabata being signed long-term could also be reasons...

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