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Top News

  • Monday: Former Milwaukee Brewers third baseman/outfielder Ryan Braun is “leaning” towards retirement in the MLB. Braun stated that he hasn’t touched a baseball or bat since last season, and that he was considering retiring, but he hasn’t committed to a decision yet. 
  • Tuesday: Seattle Mariners lefty Roenis Elias suffered a serious injury to his elbow and forearm. He’s suffered a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. The club offered him a two-year minor-league deal to keep him with the team until he recovers.
  • Wednesday: Boston Red Sox utilityman Danny Santana had been dealing with a foot infection. He’s currently being treated by antibiotics and was released from the hospital. Santana will still have stiches in the foot for two weeks. 
  • Thursday: New York Mets righty Carlos Carrasco suffered a torn right hamstring. He suffered the injury after conditioning work after pitching a simulated inning. He is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Tough news for Carrasco as he was on the way to being ready for Opening Day. We wish Cookie a speedy recovery at IBI. 
  • Friday: Washington Nationals righty Will Harris has a blood clot in his right arm. He is expected to visit a specialist in the upcoming days. Harris will likely miss Opening Day, and potentially more time. 
  • Saturday: Toronto Blue Jays CEO/team president Mark Shapiro stated in an interview with Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic that the team could potentially return to play in Toronto if a bulk of the players and staff are vaccinated by the end of April or early May. However, Shapiro mentions that the club might not be able to return there before July 1. They will likely play their home games in Buffalo again to start the season. 
  • Sunday: The Kansas City Royals have re-signed catcher Salvador Perez to a four-year, $82MM extension. He also has a club option for 2026 with a $2MM buyout. The deal has a chance to max out at $93.5MM. 

Indians News

  • According to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, the Cleveland Indians have interest in extending third baseman, Jose Ramirez. The team has control of him until 2023, but would like to get a deal done. So far, Ramirez has “resisted” any kind of overtures from the club.
  • Zack Meisel of The Athletic reported that the Cleveland Indians optioned outfielder Oscar Mercardo to Triple-A Columbus. He has struggled throughout Spring Training and it paves the way for Bradley Zimmer to be the Opening Day centerfielder for the club. 

New and Notes

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates signed knuckleballer and former Cleveland prospect Steven Wright to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. 
  • The Chicago White Sox have claimed righty Nik Turley off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
  • Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Kansas City Royals are reassigning top infielder prospect Bobby Witt Jr. to the minor leagues. He will start the season in               Double-A. 
  • Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that Arizona Diamondbacks righty Tyler Clippard will miss the next six weeks with a capsule sprain in his right shoulder. 
  • According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Toronto Blue Jays are having “active” conversations on a contract extension for general manager, Ross Atkins. 

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