Storylines: Morales may have missed chance at long-term deal
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Here are the stories from Wednesday, April 16th.
- According to Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune,Kendrys Morales had a contract extension offer from the Mariners last summer that would have guaranteed him $30 million over the next three seasons, but he refused. Morales is still a free agent after turning down Seattle's qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason.
- Carlos Santana admitted to reporters that his slump at the plate to start the season may be because of the adjustments he has had to make defensively. Santana has seen time at third base, catcher and DH so far this season. After Wednesday night's game, Santana was seen with ice around his upper left leg and he told reporters that he tweaked his groin a few games ago.
- Jason Giambi played in the second game of a doubleheader for Double-A Akron and went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Giambi could be activated from the DL for the Friday's game in Cleveland against Toronto.
Others News and Notes
- Angels' outfielder Kole Calhoun will miss four to six weeks due to a bad ligament sprain in his ankle suffered in Tuesday night's game against Oakland.
- The Astros have called up consensus top-25 prospect George Springer. In order to make room on the active roster for the outfielder, Houston designated pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment.
- The Mariners recalled highly regarded infield prospect Nick Franklin on Wednesday. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times noted that Franklin could see some time in the outfield.
- Also from Seattle, Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker was scratched from his Minor League rehab start Tuesday night due to stiffness in his arm.
- CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank reported that Phillies starter Cole Hamels may be able to return from the DL as early as next week.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Diamondbacks president Derek Hall said it's too early to say if the jobs of general manager Kevin Towers or manager Kirk Gibson are on the line after Arizona's slow start.
- The A's claimed 25-year-old righty Marcus Walden off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Not sold that Bourn is completely healthy. We still might need Morgan later in season. I hope Morgan does great in Columbus to increase his trade value if the Indians do decide to trade him.
re: Morgan - I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the story on Calhoun this morning. I'm sure it wouldn't be much more than a A- or A+ level player, but Antonetti seems to thrive on these types of trades.
Crazier things have happened (Kearns for McAllister, Perez for Cabrera)...