Storylines: Shortstops in high demand as season approaches
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.
With no major signings or trades occurring on Wednesday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.
Here are the stories from Wednesday, March 18th.
- Jordan Bastian of MLB.com tweeted that Shaun Marcum has said that he would like to remain with the Indians organization even if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Marcum has yet to throw an inning in Cactus League play as he rehabs from his offseason surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
- Rotation candidate Carlos Carrasco was hit hard on Wednesday, as he surrendered eight runs (five earned) on nine hits in 2.2 innings of work against the A's. He also walked two and struck out two. Carrasco was originally scheduled to log five innings in the game. Danny Salazar got the start and held Oakland scoreless through his 3.2 innings. He allowed three hits and walked two while striking out three. Mike Aviles and Francisco Lindor each had two hits and an RBI.
Others News and Notes
- According to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin, the Diamondbacks are dangling shortstop Didi Gregorius in trade discussions with the hopes of landing a Major League-ready starting pitcher, as they look to replace injured starter Patrick Corbin.
- Rubin also noted that the Cardinals are making shortstop Pete Kozma available in trade discussions.
- Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reported that the Tigers are scouting Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz, as well as infielder Darwin Barney.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports stated that he believes the Tigers could look at Clint Barmes of the Pirates or Tyler Pastornicky of the Braves in their attempt to fill the shortstop void they have as a result of the Jose Iglesias injury.
- Rosenthal also said that the Mariners have made a number of attempts to re-sign Kendrys Morales this offseason, and the team still believes that their biggest need is another hitter.
- Also from Rosenthal, the Astros made a seven-year, $23 million contract extension offer to top outfield prospect George Springer last September. Springer has yet to even play an inning in the Major Leagues.
- Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com said that Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels threw a 40-to 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Hamels currently has a rough target date for a return of May 1.
- Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com tweeted that Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra is drawing significant trade interest. Guerra was designated for assignment by Los Angeles last weekend.
- The Nationals released veteran reliever Luis Ayala. The Indians were known to have interest in Ayala during the winter.
Shaw/Albers and Bauer
Trade Carrasco for Pomaranz. lol