Storylines: Moore the latest to opt for Tommy John surgery
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Here are the stories from Tuesday, April 15th.
- From late Monday night, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that Rays' starter Matt Moore informed him that he will undergo Tommy John surgery next week.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that the Padres offered third baseman Chase Headley a three-year extension worth $33-39 million. As of right now, the two sides are nowhere close to agreeing to a deal, according to Heyman.
- Michael Bourn was activated from the DL on Tuesday and to make room for him on the 25-man roster,Nyjer Morgan was sent to Triple-A Columbus. Manager Terry Francona admitted that no one believes Morgan deserved to be demoted, but he said the choice wasn't difficult because, like Bourn, Morgan is also a left-handed hitting center fielder. Francona also said that he believes the team needs to stick with an 8-man bullpen for now.
- Francona noted that Jason Giambi will play another rehab game with Double-A Akron on Wednesday and could be activated for Cleveland's next homestand, which begins Friday against Toronto.
Others News and Notes
- ESPN.com's Dan Szymborski project Boston starter Jon Lester to be worthy of a six-year, $145 million deal in free agency. Along with the Red Sox, Szymborski believes the Cubs, Tigers, Mariners, and Giants could all show serious interest in Lester this winter.
- The Associated Press reported that the Rays continue to look all over the Tampa region for a location for a new ballpark. The current lease at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field runs through 2027.
- According to MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom, Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner has said that the clubs infield injuries have not changed their stance on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
- Agent Jay Franklin told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that his client, pitcher Archie Bradley, should be promoted to the big leagues by the Diamondbacks.
Obviously guys like Lester and Scherzer should blow that number away (assuming they reach free agency/turn down a QO)....but will they be able to get Greinke money?
Shields is the guy that really intrigues me too. He's older than most the pitchers....could he run into a Kyle Lohse type of situation? Better than Lohse but may struggle to find a 4-year deal at his age with a QO attached....