Storylines: MLB urged to look into comments from Olney report
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: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Friday, April 11th.
- MLBPA executive director Tony Clark has asked commissioner Bud Selig to conduct an investigation regarding comments made by several anonymous executives to ESPN's Buster Olney for a column posted by Olney this week, the MLBPA announced in a press release. A number of front office executives stated (on the condition of anonymity) what they would pay free agentsKendrys Morales and Stephen Drew on an annual basis. The comments would violate baseball's collective bargaining agreement, which has language designed to prevent executives from commenting on specific players and their values/contract goals, as it could depreciate a player's market value.
- The Yankees have been fined by Major League Baseball for tampering due to comments made by team president Randy Levine in regards to Mike Trout, The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reported. The amount of the fine isn't known. Levine cited Trout last December when discussing why the Yankees didn't match the Mariners' 10-year contract offer for Robinson Cano, saying "If it was Mike Trout, I’d offer him a 10-year contract, but for people over 30, I don’t believe it makes sense." The Angels took exception to Levine's comments and asked the Commissioner's office to investigate the matter.
- Jason Kipnis was selected to join the Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board, which is comprised exclusively of Major League players. The Foundation is widely acknowledged as the leader in the advocacy against performance-enhancing drug use by America's youth.
- Justin Sellers would become the 28th Indians player to see action in 2014 if he's called into a game. He was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday to take the place of Lonnie Chisenhall, who is on paternity leave after the birth of his second son, Cannon. Cleveland has used 12 position players and 15 pitchers.
News and Notes:
- The Diamondbacks reached an agreement with veteran left-hander Randy Wolf on a minor league deal, according to MLBTR's Zach Links. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that if Wolf were to be called up, his base salary would be $1 million.
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that free agent closer Joel Hanrahan will host a showcase for teams next week. He mentioned the Mets, Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Rays as teams that are believed to have interest in Hanrahan.
- Rule 5 Draft pick Seth Rosin has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Rangers and been returned to the Phillies, both teams announced. Rosin will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
- While John Lackey resurrected his career in 2013 and has pitched well in two 2014 starts, it may be premature for the Red Sox to explore an extension for the right-hander, according to Chris Villani of the Boston Herald.