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  • Spring training roundup: Boston's Sale pitches five shutout innings
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Boston left-hander Chris Sale pitched five shutout innings on Saturday shortly after his rich contract extension was formally announced as the Red Sox rolled to a 12-3 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates at Fort Myers, Fla.

    • Sale, who received a five-year, $145 million deal, was sharp while striking out six in five innings. He gave up two hits and walked one before departing.

      Jantzen Witte and Chris Madera drove in two runs for Boston, which collected 15 hits. Ke'Bryan Hayes slugged a three-run homer over the center field fence for the Pirates.

      Cardinals 4, Nationals 4

      Pitcher Miles Mikolas hit a two-run homer off fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg to help visiting St. Louis tie Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla. Anthony Rendon and Matt Adams homered for Washington.

      Tigers 8, Rays 7

      Cameron Rupp lined the decisive two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Miguel Cabrera homered earlier as Detroit edged Tampa Bay at Lakeland, Fla. Tommy Pham and Ji-Man Choi smacked homers for the Rays.

      Pirates (ss) 5, Phillies 3

      Oneil Cruz hit a tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning and Corey Dickerson slugged a two-run blast as host Pittsburgh defeated Philadelphia at Bradenton, Fla. Phil Gosselin homered for the Phillies.

      Mets 12, Braves 2

      Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and right-hander Jacob deGrom struck out five in three perfect innings as New York routed host Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla. Ronald Acuna Jr. and Andy Wilkins hit solo blasts for the Braves.

      Blue Jays 7, Yankees 3

      Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3-for-3 with a homer to help Toronto down host New York at Tampa, Fla. Gleyber Torres slugged a three-run homer for the Yankees.

      White Sox 5, Dodgers 1

      Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-3 with a homer and Yoan Moncada also went deep as visiting Chicago beat Los Angeles at Glendale, Ariz. Chris Taylor homered for the Dodgers.

      Padres 11, Angels 4

      Francisco Mejia drove in three runs and Wil Myers hit one of San Diego's four homers as the host Padres cruised past Los Angeles at Peoria, Ariz. Justin Bour and Dustin Garneau homered for Los Angeles.

      Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2

      Alen Hanson hit the tiebreaking solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning as San Francisco edged Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz. David Peralta homered for the Diamondbacks.

      Indians 8, Reds 5

      Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs as Cleveland defeated host Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz. Jesse Winker and Jose Iglesias each homered twice for Cincinnati.

      Royals (ss) 6, Brewers 4

      Terrance Gore hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning to give Kansas City the win over Milwaukee at Phoenix. Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw each hit two-run blasts for Milwaukee.

      Brewers (ss) 7, Rangers 3

      Ben Gamel hit a two-run homer to help Milwaukee defeat host Texas at Surprise, Ariz. Yohel Pozo had a two-run double for Texas.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Reds 2B Gennett out 8 to 12 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss eight to 12 weeks because of the right groin strain he sustained during a spring training game, the Cincinnati Reds announced Saturday.

    • Gennett walked gingerly as he was helped off the field on Friday, and he was later taken from the dugout on a golf cart. He was hurt while fielding a routine grounder on the outfield grass after he aligned deep as part of a shift in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

      C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic said Saturday that with Gennett's injury, Jose Iglesias will play shortstop and Jose Peraza will man second base. Kyle Farmer is expected to earn a roster spot.

      Gennett, who turns 29 on May 1, earned his first All-Star appearance last season, batting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs, a year after totaling 27 homers and 97 RBIs. He played in a career-high 154 games in 2018.

      --The St. Louis Cardinals announced a five-year extension for recently acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

      Financial terms were not revealed, but the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that it will pay him "around $130 million." The deal will keep Goldschmidt, 31, in St. Louis through the 2024 season.

      Arizona traded Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, to St. Louis in December in exchange for right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals' Compensation B selection in the 2019 draft.

      --The Houston Astros are closing in on a two-year extension worth $66 million for ace pitcher Justin Verlander, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

      Verlander, 36, went 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and an American League-leading 290 strikeouts in 34 starts last season, his first full season in Houston since coming over from Detroit in a trade in 2017.

      Last season, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner finished second for the third time in voting for that award and was part of the top five for the seventh time. The right-hander also was the AL Most Valuable Player in 2011.

      --The Pittsburgh Pirates will add veterans Melky Cabrera and Francisco Liriano to their Opening Day roster, the team announced.

      Both players had been with the Pirates on minor-league deals during spring training. Pittsburgh is expected to clear at least one spot on its 40-man roster by placing right-hander Edgar Santana on the 60-day injured list.

      Cabrera, 34, provides Pittsburgh with a switch-hitting option off the bench and an occasional starter at the corner outfield spots. He is a .286 lifetime hitter with 137 home runs and 807 RBIs in 1,754 career games with seven big-league teams.

      --Texas Rangers pitcher Jason Hammel has announced his retirement after 13 big-league seasons.

      Hammel, 36, decided to walk away despite learning one day earlier that he had made the Rangers' 25-man roster. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will replace him on the active roster, according to The Athletic.

      Hammel posted a 96-114 record with a 4.62 ERA in 377 games (298 starts). He played for a half-dozen teams -- the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals -- before signing with the Rangers on a minor-league deal this spring.

      --Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones is expected to open the season on the injured list after suffering a sprained left shoulder in Saturday's exhibition game, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters.

      Jones was injured while diving for a ball against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gardenhire said the 26-year-old was undergoing an MRI exam.

      Mikie Mahtook and Niko Goodrum will likely share center field until Jones returns.

      --The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Michael Reed from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder John Andreoli and cash. Andreoli will report to Triple-A Rochester, the team added in the announcement.

      Reed, who was claimed off waivers by the Twins in October, appeared in eight games this spring, hitting .278 (5-for-18) with one home run and four RBI.

      In his major league career, the 26-year-old Reed has batted .229 in 22 games, including with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015-16 and the Atlanta Braves last year.

      --Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy will open the season on the injured list due to a hamstring injury, manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

      Duffy was slated to play Saturday against the Detroit Tigers but was scratched from the lineup. He was slated to undergo further testing. Duffy, 28, has only played in two spring training games due to the injury.

      Yandy Diaz, Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle are the candidates to play third base during Duffy's absence.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tigers CF Jones injures left shoulder
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones is expected to open the season on the injured list after suffering a sprained left shoulder in Saturday's exhibition game, manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters.

    • Jones was injured while diving for a ball against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gardenhire said the 26-year-old was undergoing an MRI exam.

      "He's got a sprain in the AC joint, which means he's going to be out for a little while," Gardenhire said. "These things don't heal very quick."

      Mikie Mahtook and Niko Goodrum will likely share center field until Jones returns.

      Jones batted .207 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 129 games last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants acquire Twins’ Reed among OF moves
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The San Francisco Giants acquired outfielder Michael Reed on Saturday from the Minnesota Twins for outfielder John Andreoli and cash. Andreoli will report to Triple-A Rochester, the team added in the announcement.

    • Reed, who was claimed off waivers by the Twins in October, appeared in eight games this spring, hitting .278 (5-for-18) with one home run and four RBI.

      In his major league career, the 26-year-old Reed has batted .229 in 22 games, including with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015-16 and the Atlanta Braves last year. He batted .342 with a .453 on-base percentage between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi in 2018.

      Andreoli, 28, began last season with the Seattle Mariners, then was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in August. He appeared in a combined 26 games in the major leagues last year, batting .230. Drafted in 2011 by the Chicago Cubs, Andreoli has appeared in 773 career minor league games, hitting .270 with 37 home runs and 256 RBI.

      The Giants also released two other outfielders -- Cameron Maybin and Matt Joyce. Maybin, a 12-year major league veteran who joined the Giants on Feb. 18 when he signed as a minor league free agent, was arrested last week on suspicion of DUI in Scottsdale, Ariz. Joyce, who had reached agreement on a minor league deal Wednesday with San Francisco, was released by the Cleveland Indians earlier in the week.

      Last season with the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners, Maybin batted a combined .249 with four homers, 28 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 129 games.

      Also on Saturday, the Giants acquired Michael Yastrzemski -- the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski -- to try to improve their outfield. The 28-year-old player has spent six seasons in the minor leagues, including the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays 3B Duffy to open season on IL
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy will open the season on the injured list due to a hamstring injury, manager Kevin Cash told reporters on Saturday.

    • Duffy was slated to play Saturday against the Detroit Tigers but was scratched from the lineup. He was slated to undergo further testing.

      Duffy, 28, has only played in two spring training games due to the injury.

      "I would imagine we would take our time with this and try to get it under wraps," Cash told reporters. "We didn't want to rush it, but our best team is with him on the roster."

      Yandy Diaz, Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle are the candidates to play third base during Duffy's absence.

      Duffy batted .294 with four homers and 44 RBIs in 132 games last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pirates to add OF Cabrera, LHP Liriano to 25-man roster
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will add veterans Melky Cabrera and Francisco Liriano to their Opening Day roster, the team announced Saturday.

    • Both players had been with the Pirates on minor-league deals during spring training. Pittsburgh is expected to clear at least one spot on its 40-man roster by placing right-hander Edgar Santana on the 60-day injured list.

      Cabrera, 34, provides Pittsburgh with a switch-hitting option off the bench and an occasional starter at the corner outfield spots. He is a .286 lifetime hitter with 137 home runs and 807 RBIs in 1,754 career games with seven big-league teams.

      Last season, Cabrera hit .280 with six homers and 39 RBIs in 78 games with the Cleveland Indians.

      The 35-year-old Liriano will return to Pittsburgh, where the left-hander pitched from 2013-16. He owns a 107-111 career record with a 4.18 ERA.

      Liriano spent last season with the Detroit Tigers, going 5-12 with a 4.58 ERA in 27 games (26 starts). He had 110 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers P Hammel announces retirement
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Texas Rangers pitcher Jason Hammel has announced his retirement after 13 big-league seasons.

    • Hammel, 36, decided to walk away despite learning one day earlier that he had made the Rangers' 25-man roster. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will replace him on the active roster, according to The Athletic.

      "He just felt like spending time with his family was more important," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in comments published by the Dallas Morning News. "There are no hard feelings."

      Hammel posted a 96-114 record with a 4.62 ERA in 377 games (298 starts). He played for a half-dozen teams -- the Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals -- before signing with the Rangers on a minor-league deal this spring.

      In 2016, Hammel won a career-high 15 games for the Cubs, who went on to win the World Series.

      The 31-year-old Gomez provides the Rangers with additional help out of the bullpen. He has gone 27-30 with a 4.40 ERA in 299 games (46 starts) over nine seasons. He has 40 career saves, 37 of which he recorded in 2016 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds 2B Gennett to miss up to 12 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss eight to 12 weeks because of the right groin strain he sustained during a spring training game, the Cincinnati Reds announced Saturday.

    • Gennett walked gingerly as he was helped off the field on Friday, and he was later taken from the dugout on a golf cart. He was hurt while fielding a routine grounder on the outfield grass after he aligned deep as part of a shift in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

      C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic said Saturday that with Gennett's injury, Jose Iglesias will play shortstop and Jose Peraza will man second base. Kyle Farmer is expected to earn a roster spot.

      Gennett, who turns 29 on May 1, earned his first All-Star appearance last season, batting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs, a year after totaling 27 homers and 97 RBIs. He played in a career-high 154 games in 2018.

      The Reds open the season Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cards announce 5-year extension with Goldschmidt
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The St. Louis Cardinals announced a five-year extension for newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on Saturday.

    • Financial terms were not revealed, but the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that it will pay him "around $130 million."

      The deal will keep Goldschmidt, 31, in St. Louis through the 2024 season.

      "When we made the trade to acquire Paul, we knew we had added one of the game's premier players," Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. "We are all excited for Paul's introduction to St. Louis, and to our passionate fans, who we feel will make this the perfect match."

      Arizona traded Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, to St. Louis in December in exchange for right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals' Compensation B selection in the 2019 draft.

      Goldschmidt has slugged 30 or more homers in four of the past six seasons, but the Diamondbacks were shopping the 31-year-old because he was entering the last season of his contract, which was slated to pay him $14.5 million. He batted .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs in 2018. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted .300 or better three times since 2013.

      Overall, he batted .297 with 209 homers and 710 RBIs in 1,092 games over parts of eight seasons for Arizona. He finished second in National League MVP balloting in 2013, when he set career highs of 36 homers and 125 RBIs, and again in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Verlander, Astros nearing extension
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The Houston Astros are closing in on a two-year extension worth $66 million for ace pitcher Justin Verlander, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

    • Verlander, 36, went 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and an American League-leading 290 strikeouts in 34 starts last season, his first full season in Houston since coming over from Detroit in a trade in 2017.

      Last season, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner finished second for the third time in voting for that award and was part of the top five for the seventh time. He also was the league Most Valuable Player in 2011.

      Overall, Verlander is 21-9 in 39 starts with the Astros, posting a 2.32 ERA and striking out 333 batters in 248 innings. The Astros won the World Series in 2017 following the trade for Verlander.

      The Astros already reached extensions with All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman (six years, $100 million) and righty reliever Ryan Pressly (two years, $17.5 million) in the past few days.

      Bregman, who turns 25 on March 30, finished fifth in the American League MVP voting last season after batting .286 with a league-high 51 doubles, 31 homers, 103 RBIs and 105 runs scored.

      Pressley, 30, is under contract for $2.9 million in 2019 and would have been eligible for free agency after this season. The deal covers the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Sox announce Sale extension through 2024
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox and ace left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a long-term contract extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

    • The five-year deal is worth $145 million. It adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season.

      Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019, completing a team-friendly five-year, $32.5 million extension he signed with the White Sox in 2013 that included two club options.

      According to MLB.com, Sale will earn $30 million annually from 2020 through 2022, then $27.5 million the following two seasons. Sale reportedly has an opt-out window after the 2022 season.

      Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 ERA over nine seasons, making the All-Star team the past seven years running.

      Sale was typically dominant in the first half of the 2018 season, going 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA, but he had two stints on the disabled list in the second half and pitched just five innings between July 28 and Sept. 10.

      Sale finished the regular season 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA over 158 innings, his lowest innings total since he became a starter with the Chicago White Sox in 2012. He made three starts and two relief appearances in the postseason as the Red Sox went on to win the World Series, posting a 4.11 ERA in 15 1/3 innings, while striking out the side and recording the final out in the deciding Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Spring training roundup: Goldschmidt has big day for Cards
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Paul Goldschmidt had a double, a triple and a home run, and the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to a 15-5 win over the New York Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    • Goldschmidt wrapped up his mammoth performance shortly after agreeing to a five-year, $130 million contract extension, according to multiple reports. The Cardinals acquired the 31-year-old slugger from the Arizona Diamondbacks during the offseason in exchange for pitcher Luke Weaver and a pair of minor-league prospects.

      Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the Cardinals' victory. Marcell Ozuna belted his second homer of the spring and drove in a pair of runs.

      Mets infielder Jeff McNeil went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the loss. He is hitting .364 on the spring.

      Yankees 6, Phillies 3

      Giancarlo Stanton ripped a pair of home runs, and New York recorded a big win over visiting Philadelphia in Tampa, Fla. Zack Britton posted a victory in one of his first appearances with his new club.

      Diamondbacks 10, Dodgers 4

      Adam Jones homered and drove in four runs from the leadoff spot, and Arizona coasted to a lopsided win over host Los Angeles in Phoenix. Justin Turner and Jeren Kendall homered for the Dodgers.

      Rays 3, Pirates 2

      Avisail Garcia went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and Tampa Bay managed a narrow victory over visiting Pittsburgh in Port Charlotte, Fla.

      Brewers 6, Reds 4

      Cory Spangenberg had two hits and two RBIs as Milwaukee outlasted visiting Cincinnati thanks to a solid bullpen performance in Phoenix. The Brewers' pen allowed no hits or runs in 3 2/3 innings.

      Cubs 7 (ss), Rangers 3

      Jose Quintana allowed one run on four hits in six innings, and Chicago cruised to a win over visiting Texas in Mesa, Ariz. Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist each homered.

      Angels (ss) 5, White Sox 4

      Mike Trout blasted a three-run home run off of left-hander Carlos Rodon, and Los Angeles held on for a narrow win over visiting Chicago in Tempe, Ariz. Leury Garcia homered for the White Sox.

      Red Sox 10, Twins 6

      Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and drove in three runs as visiting Boston coasted past Minnesota in Fort Myers, Fla. Andrew Benintendi was among three other Red Sox players to homer.

      Braves 4, Tigers 3

      Julio Teheran struck out five batters in as many innings, and Atlanta scratched out a narrow win over visiting Detroit in Kissimmee, Fla.

      Astros 7, Mets (ss) 3

      Alex Bregman clubbed his third homer of the spring, and Houston relied on a five-run sixth inning to knock off visiting New York in West Palm Beach, Fla. Yuli Gurriel also went yard for the Astros.

      Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0

      Anibal Sanchez allowed only one hit over six scoreless innings as Toronto beat visiting Baltimore in Dunedin, Fla. Justin Smoak and Brandon Drury each homered for the Blue Jays.

      Nationals 5, Marlins 5

      Max Scherzer struck out 12 while allowing three runs in seven innings, and Washington played to a tie against Miami in Jupiter, Fla. The Marlins' Isaac Galloway leveled the game by hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Neil Walker also had a two-run shot for Miami.

      Royals 15, Giants (ss) 3

      Martin Maldonado and Humberto Arteaga each had three of Kansas City's 21 hits as the Royals routed San Francisco at Surprise, Ariz. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in two innings.

      Indians 8, Cubs (ss) 3

      Corey Kluber allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings while fanning seven, and Cleveland beat Chicago at Goodyear, Ariz. The Indians' Hanley Ramirez hit two homers, and teammate Carlos Santana also went deep. The Cubs got a homer from Johnny Field.

      Rockies (ss) 6, Padres 5

      Garrett Hampson's three-run, walk-off homer capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally that lifted Colorado past San Diego at Scottsdale, Ariz. Padres starter Eric Lauer tossed four shutout innings.

      Mariners 8, Angels (ss) 7

      Ariel Sandoval homered and drove in three runs to lead Seattle to a victory over Los Angeles at Peoria, Ariz. The Angels' Jared Walsh hit a pair of homers, and Zack Cozart added a long ball.

      Giants (ss) 6, Rockies (ss) 4

      Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run homer, and Gerardo Parra added three hits as San Francisco topped Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. Nolan Arenado and Willie Abreu homered for the Rockies.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: A's 1B Olson out after hand surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson underwent surgery on his right hand Friday and is expected to be placed on the injured list. How long he will be out of the lineup has not been announced.

    • The team announced that the surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, and involved a hamate excision to Olson's right hand.

      The injury occurred Thursday in the second game of a season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo on a foul tip during Olson's final at-bat. He started each of Oakland's first two games at first base and went 1-for-5.

      The 25-year-old Gold Glove winner, who is beginning his fourth season with the A's, played in all 162 games last year, batting .247 with 29 home runs and 84 RBIs in his first full season in the majors. He has career totals of 53 home runs and 129 RBIs in 232 games.

      --The Boston Red Sox and ace left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a long-term contract extension, according to multiple reports.

      The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. It adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season.

      Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019, completing a team-friendly five-year, $32.5 million extension he signed with the White Sox in 2013 that included two club options.

      --Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett was helped off the field during the spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix, Ariz., with an apparent right leg or groin injury.

      Gennett walked gingerly as he was helped off the field, and he was later taken from the dugout on a golf cart. The team said he will have an MRI, with an update to be announced later.

      Gennett was hurt while fielding a routine grounder on the outfield grass after he aligned deep as part of a shift. He moved to his left and went down on his right knee, but he fielded the ball awkwardly and was in apparent pain as he threw to first base for the out. He remained in a kneeling position before getting assistance.

      --The Chicago White Sox officially announced they have agreed to terms on a six-year, $43 million contract with outfielder Eloy Jimenez, plus two club options that could extend the deal through the 2026 season.

      The White Sox said Jimenez will receive a $5 million bonus in addition to $1 million in 2019, $1.5 million in 2020, $3.5 million in 2021, $6.5 million in 2022, $9.5 million in 2023 and $13 million in 2024. The team holds options for $16.5 million in 2025 and $18.5 million in 2026, with $3 million buyouts for either season.

      The White Sox's top prospect and No. 3 overall in baseball, the 22-year-old had already been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte to start the upcoming season, but the deal means that he could be in the team's Opening Day lineup on March 28 at Kansas City.

      --Field Level Media

  • White Sox, OF Jimenez officially agree to $43M deal
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Chicago White Sox officially announced Friday that they have agreed to terms on a six-year, $43 million contract with outfielder Eloy Jimenez, plus two club options that could extend the deal through the 2026 season.

    • Multiple outlets on Wednesday reported the deal was in the works.

      The White Sox said Jimenez will receive a $5 million bonus in addition to $1 million in 2019, $1.5 million in 2020, $3.5 million in 2021, $6.5 million in 2022, $9.5 million in 2023 and $13 million in 2024. The team holds options for $16.5 million in 2025 and $18.5 million in 2026, with $3 million buyouts for either season.

      The 22-year-old Jimenez has played in the White Sox organization since 2017, when he was acquired in the deal that sent left-hander Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs, but he has yet to play in a regular-season game in the majors.

      The White Sox's top prospect and No. 3 overall in baseball, Jimenez had already been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte to start the upcoming season, but the deal means that he could be in the team's Opening Day lineup on March 28 at Kansas City.

      "Eloy is a tremendously talented young player who has impressed us with his baseball skills, poise and maturity from the moment he joined the White Sox organization," White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said in a news release. "We view him as an important member of the core we are building over the coming years, and so are pleased to have reached this long-term agreement to have him in a White Sox uniform for many seasons to come."

      The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Jimenez, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said, "My family and I are very happy and excited to sign this deal. It gives us the opportunity to ensure our future, but more importantly, to reinforce my commitment to the White Sox organization. All of my effort, focus and desire is to help this team win multiple championships and bring joy to our fan base."

      Jimenez batted .337 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs in 108 games last season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. He is a .311 hitter in five minor league seasons with 65 home runs.

      The previous MLB record in guaranteed money for a player already in an organization was the six years and $24 million that the Philadelphia Phillies and Scott Kingery decided on in March 2018. The previous record before that was the $10 million guarantee between Jon Singleton and the Houston Astros in 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • A’s 1B Olson out after undergoing hand surgery
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson underwent surgery on his right hand Friday and is expected to be placed on the injured list. How long he will be out of the lineup has not been announced.

    • The team announced that the surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, and involved a hamate excision to Olson's right hand.

      The injury occurred Thursday in the second game of a season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo on a foul tip during Olson's final at-bat. He started each of Oakland's first two games at first base and went 1-for-5.

      The 25-year-old Gold Glove winner, who is beginning his fourth season with the A's, played in all 162 games last year, batting .247 with 29 home runs and 84 RBIs in his first full season in the majors. He has career totals of 53 home runs and 129 RBIs in 232 games.

      He won the American League Gold Glove award in 2018 after leading all big-league first basemen in games (162), total chances (1,494), putouts (1,403) and defensive runs saved (14).

      --Field Level Media

  • Reds 2B Gennett leaves with groin injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett was helped off the field Friday during a spring training game due to a right groin injury.

    • Gennett walked gingerly as he was helped off the field, and he was later taken from the dugout on a golf cart. He was set to undergo an MRI exam, and the Reds said an announcement about his status would be made Saturday.

      Gennett was hurt while fielding a routine grounder on the outfield grass after he aligned deep as part of a shift in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He moved to his left and went down on his right knee, but he fielded the ball awkwardly and was in apparent pain as he threw to first base for the out. He remained in a kneeling position before getting assistance.

      "It was tough to see," Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It looked like he kind of rolled weird or something. I'm not really sure. It looked like there was something with his groin. I can't really say for sure."

      Gennett, who turns 29 on May 1, earned his first All-Star appearance last season, batting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs, a year after totaling 27 homers and 97 RBIs. He played in a career-high 154 games in 2018.

      The Reds open the season Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Sale, Red Sox agree to extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, March 22, 2019

    The Boston Red Sox and ace left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a long-term contract extension, according to multiple reports.

    • The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. It adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season.

      Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019, completing a team-friendly five-year, $32.5 million extension he signed with the White Sox in 2013 that included two club options.

      Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in February that the team had opened discussions on signing Sale to a long-term deal.

      Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 ERA over nine seasons, making the All-Star team the last seven years running.

      Sale was typically dominating in the first half of the 2018 season, going 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA, but he had two stints on the disabled list in the second half and pitched just five innings between July 28 and Sept. 10.

      Sale finished the regular season 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA over 158 innings, his lowest innings total since he became a starter with the Chicago White Sox in 2012. He made three starts and two relief appearances in the postseason as the Red Sox went on to win the World Series, posting a 4.11 ERA in 15 1/3 innings, while striking out the side and recording the final out in the deciding Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Spring training roundup: Harper hits first two Phillies HRs
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Bryce Harper led a home run barrage with his first two shots as a member of the Phillies as Philadelphia routed the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 in a spring training exhibition game Thursday at Clearwater, Fla.

    • Harper's first homer was a two-run blast pulled to right in the first inning, and he followed up with a solo shot to right in the sixth. Also hitting homers for Philadelphia were Andrew McCutchen, Andrew Knapp, J.T. Realmuto and Gift Ngoepe.

      Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Rowdy Tellez and Billy McKinney all went deep for the Blue Jays.

      Pirates 7, Orioles 5

      Jung Ho Kang crushed a walk-off grand slam to lead host Pittsburgh past Baltimore at Bradenton, Fla. Jonah Davis hit two home runs, and Francisco Cervelli also homered for the Pirates, while Trey Mancini had a solo shot for the Orioles.

      Rays 8, Braves 1

      Brandon Lowe and Nate Lowe each hit three-run homers as part of a six-run first as Tampa Bay cruised past visiting Atlanta at Port Charlotte, Fla. Kyle Wright, the No. 5 pick by the Braves in the 2017 draft, was roughed up for six runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

      Tigers 5, Astros 3

      Jeimer Candelario homered twice, and Miguel Cabrera added a solo shot and an RBI double as Detroit downed visiting Houston at Lakeland, Fla.

      Cardinals (ss) 11, Yankees 3

      Dexter Fowler homered twice, and Marcell Ozuna and Drew Robinson each had three hits as host St. Louis slammed New York at Jupiter, Fla. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run double for the Yankees.

      Mets 6, Marlins 0

      Brandon Nimmo hit two home runs and had four RBIs, and Michael Conforto crushed a two-run shot as host New York blanked Miami at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen served up five runs on seven hits in five innings.

      Royals 14, Reds (ss) 6

      Jorge Soler and Kyle Isbel each had three-run homers, and Kansas City used an eight-run ninth inning to pummel host Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz. The Reds were led offensively by Jose Peraza, who hit an RBI triple and a two-run double.

      Giants 5, Cubs 5

      Kevonte Mitchell's ninth-inning home run helped host Chicago tie San Francisco at Mesa, Ariz. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for the Giants.

      Rangers (ss) 7, Indians 3

      Rougned Odor's three-run homer highlighted a 14-hit Texas attack in a win over visiting Cleveland at Surprise, Ariz. Trayce Thompson homered for the Indians.

      Brewers 11, Dodgers 5

      Tyler Saladino hit a three-run homer, and Yasmani Grandal added a two-run blast against his former team as Milwaukee rolled past visiting Los Angeles at Phoenix. Justin Turner's three-run blast and Cody Asche's two-run shot accounted for all the Dodgers' offense.

      White Sox 12, Rangers (ss) 2

      Leury Garcia homered among four hits as Chicago routed visiting Texas at Phoenix. Yonder Alonso (four RBIs) and Jose Abreu (three RBIs) each added two hits for the White Sox.

      Angels 2, Diamondbacks 1

      Mike Trout and Dustin Garneau hit RBI singles as Los Angeles edged host Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz. Matt Szczur drove in the Diamondbacks' lone run on a sacrifice fly.

      Red Sox 8, Rays (ss) 0

      Rafael Devers tripled in two runs as Boston blanked visiting Tampa Bay at Fort Myers, Fla. Red Sox pitching finished with 12 strikeouts.

      Nationals 7, Cardinals (ss) 1

      Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Dozier homered, and Jeremy Hellickson threw five scoreless innings as Washington cruised past visiting St. Louis at West Palm Beach, Fla. Dylan Carlson drove in the Cardinals' sole run on an RBI single.

      Mariners 6, Reds (ss) 3

      While Seattle's major league squad improved to 2-0 with an 12th-inning win over Oakland in Japan early morning, the minor-leaguers topped visiting Cincinnati at Peoria, Ariz. Chris Mariscal homered for the Mariners while Courtney Hawkins went yard for the Reds.

      --Field Level Media

  • MLB notebook: Ichiro retires after 27-year pro career
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Ichiro Suzuki announced his retirement Thursday after his final game with the Seattle Mariners, played in the country where he started his 27-year career.

    • "I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball," Ichiro said, "both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball. I am honored to end my big-league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."

      Ichiro, 45, joined the Mariners in 2001 at age 27 and won both American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. He had 1,278 career hits in Japanese baseball and 3,089 in the major leagues.

      Ichiro nearly legged out an infield hit in the eighth inning after a strikeout earlier in the game. He was removed from the game later in the inning to a thunderous applause from fans and hugs from his teammates. Ichiro was hitless, but Seattle claimed a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the Oakland A's in the Tokyo Dome.

      --The Los Angeles Angels and two-time MVP Mike Trout announced the 12-year contract that likely will keep the outfielder an Angel for the rest of his career.

      "This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement released by the. "I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come."

      The new contract adds 10 years to the final two years of his existing six-year deal signed in 2014. The total 12-year deal is worth anywhere from $426.5 million to more than $430 million.

      --Less than two weeks after drawing criticism for giving reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell a $15,500 raise, the Tampa Bay Rays announced they are giving their ace quite a bit more, after all.

      The club agreed to terms with the left-hander on a five-year, $50 million contract that runs through the 2023 season, which would have been Snell's first year of free agency. The deal could pay an additional $2 million in incentives, the club said.

      --The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the St. Louis Cardinals and newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are closing in on an extension that will be "at least five years and at least $110 million." Later, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that both sides agreed to a deal and the terms are five years and "about $130 million."

      Goldschmidt slugged 30 or more homers in four of the past six seasons with Arizona, but the Diamondbacks dealt the 31-year-old ahead of the last season of his contract, which is slated to pay him $14.5 million. He batted .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs in 2018. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted .300 or better three times since 2013.

      --Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters there is "reason for concern" about the pitching elbow of right-handed reliever Corey Knebel.

      Knebel, 27, stopped throwing in the past few days due to what had been described as a tired arm and was scheduled to have it examined. Knebel and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) are expected to open the year on the injured list, likely leaving closer duties to Josh Hader.

      The Brewers reportedly have been in talks with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.

      --Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson could miss time with a hand injury sustained in the finale of a two-game series in Japan against the Mariners.

      Olson left the game after fouling a ball off of his right hand.

      The A's also announced top prospect Jesus Luzardo would be shut down for four to six weeks with a shoulder strain.

      --New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from the team's spring training game because of swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, manager Aaron Boone said.

      Bird, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday by the Houston Astros' Wade Miley, was sent back to Tampa, Fla., for precautionary X-rays while the team played the St. Louis Cardinals in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      Bird, 26, has been competing with Luke Voit for the starting job at first base this spring. He is hitting .333 with 11 walks and three home runs in 51 plate appearances in the Grapefruit League.

      --Lee Mazzilli, the Yankees' guest instructor who was struck on the head by a batted ball during batting practice Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., will stay hospitalized for at least another night. A Yankees spokesman said Thursday that doctors were "just being cautious" with Mazzilli.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mazzilli stays in hospital but is improving
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Lee Mazzilli, the New York Yankees' guest instructor who was struck on the head by a batted ball during batting practice Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., will stay hospitalized for at least another night.

    • A Yankees spokesman said Thursday that doctors were "just being cautious" with Mazzilli.

      Mazzilli's wife indicated Thursday, through a Yankees spokesman, that her husband was in good spirits and had a much better day than Wednesday. He was appreciative of the reception from the baseball world and the people who have reached out to him in the past 24 hours.

      Mazzilli was an outfielder for 14 seasons in the major leagues, 10 of them with the New York Mets.

      The Yankees acquired his son, L.J. Mazzilli, in 2018 from the Mets, and he played for the Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

      Wednesday's incident happened during a batting practice session for players who weren't on the trip for the Yankees' game against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla.

      Mazzilli, a 1979 All-Star who batted .259 with 93 homers and 460 RBIs in his career, served two stints with the Mets (1976-81 and 1986-89) and also played for the Texas Rangers (1982), Yankees (1982), Pittsburgh Pirates (1983-86) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989).

      Mazzilli, who turns 64 on Monday, also served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles for parts of two seasons (2004-05), compiling a 129-140 record. He was a coach for the Yankees under manager Joe Torre from 2000-03 and again in 2006.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Cards, Goldschmidt closing in on long-term extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    On the heels of a trio of eye-popping contracts handed out to MLB stars in the last month, another perennial All-Star is reportedly on the verge of signing his own extension.

    • Only the figures aren't quite as gaudy.

      The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals and newly acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are closing in on an extension that will be "at least five years and at least $110 million." Later, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that both sides agreed to a deal and the terms are five years and "about $130 million." The deal, Passan reported, would keep Goldschmidt in St. Louis through the 2024 season.

      In the past month, Manny Machado (Padres), Bryce Harper (Phillies) and Mike Trout (Angels) have signed three of the four largest contracts in MLB history, each worth at least $300 million in total value and $25.3 million in annual average. Goldschmidt's deal would be a far cry from that those in terms of total value, but at 31, the slugger is several years older than the others. Machado and Harper are 26, and Trout is 27.

      Arizona traded Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, to St. Louis in December in exchange for right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals' Compensation B selection in the 2019 draft.

      Goldschmidt has slugged 30 or more homers in four of the past six seasons, but the Diamondbacks were shopping the 31-year-old because he was entering the last season of his contract, which is slated to pay him $14.5 million. He batted .290 with 33 homers and 83 RBIs in 2018. He has three 100-RBI campaigns and has batted .300 or better three times since 2013.

      Overall, he batted .297 with 209 homers and 710 RBIs in 1,092 games over parts of eight seasons for Arizona. He finished second in National League MVP balloting in 2013, when he set career highs of 36 homers and 125 RBIs, and again in 2015.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rays, Snell agree on 5-year, $50 million deal
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Less than two weeks after drawing criticism for giving reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell a $15,500 raise, the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday announced they're giving their ace quite a bit more, after all.

    • Confirming reports earlier in the day, the club announced it agreed to terms with the left-handed Snell on a five-year, $50 million contract that runs through the 2023 season, which would have been Snell's first year of free agency. The deal could pay an additional $2 million in incentives, the club said.

      According to the Rays, it is the largest contract ever given to a pitcher before reaching arbitration, topping the $42 million in total value Gio Gonzalez got from Washington in 2012, and could top the $10 million average value the New York Yankees gave Luis Severino earlier this offseason.

      "Since being drafted in 2011, Blake's talent and hard work have enabled him to establish himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in the game," Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a release. "We're looking forward to seeing him take the mound for the Rays for years to come."

      Snell, 26, had one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory in 2018. He went 21-5 with a 1.89 earned-run average with 221 strikeouts in 180 2/3 innings over 31 starts. His wins and ERA led the AL and set club records. His ERA was the lowest by an AL starter since Pedro Martinez in 2000. His 1.27 home ERA is the lowest in the AL since Nolan Ryan's 1.07 mark with the California Angels in 1972.

      He became the second Rays pitcher to win the Cy Young, joining David Price (2012). He became the youngest Cy Young winner since Clayton Kershaw in 2013 and the youngest in the AL since Felix Hernandez in 2010.

      A first-round pick by the Rays in 2011, Snell is 32-20 with a 2.95 ERA in three seasons. He will make his first career Opening Day start this season, and will do so for a team coming off a 90-win season and entering 2019 with playoff aspirations.

      Earlier this month, the Rays renewed Snell at $573,700 for this season, a raise of just $15,500. As Snell is not yet eligible for arbitration, the Rays could assign him a salary for 2019 without his approval.

      --Field Level Media

  • Brewers concerned about P Knebel's elbow
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters Thursday there is "reason for concern" about the pitching elbow of right-handed reliever Corey Knebel.

    • Knebel, 27, had stopped throwing in the past few days due to what had been described as a tired arm. He was scheduled to have the elbow examined by Dr. William Raasch in Arizona on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

      Knebel was 4-3 with 16 saves and a 3.58 ERA in 55 1/3 innings last season, striking out 88 as part of a dominant bullpen that helped the Brewers reach the National League Championship Series. He gave up two hits and one run in 10 postseason innings.

      Knebel and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) are expected to open the year on the injured list, likely leaving closer duties to Josh Hader. The Brewers reportedly have been in talks with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel.

      --Field Level Media

  • Yankees 1B Bird to get X-rays on elbow
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from Thursday's spring training game because of swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, manager Aaron Boone said.

    • Bird, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday by the Houston Astros' Wade Miley, was sent back to Tampa, Fla., for X-rays while the team played the St. Louis Cardinals in West Palm Beach. Boone told reporters that the X-rays were a precaution and he didn't want Bird to have to play through soreness.

      Bird, 26, has been competing with Luke Voit for the starting job at first base this spring. He is hitting .333 with 11 walks and three home runs in 51 plate appearances in the Grapefruit League this year.

      The left-handed batter hit .199 with 11 home runs in 82 games with the Yankees last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Angels, Trout make 12-year contract official
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The Los Angeles Angels and two-time Most Valuable Player Mike Trout announced the 12-year contract that will likely keep the outfielder an Angel for the rest of his career.

    • "This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement released by the team Wednesday night. "I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come."

      The new contract adds 10 years to the final two years of his existing six-year deal signed in 2014. The total 12-year deal is worth anywhere from $426.5 million to more than $430 million.

      "Mike Trout, an athlete whose accomplishments have placed him among the greatest baseball players in the history of the game, has agreed to wear an Angels uniform for his entire career," Angels owner Arte Moreno said in a statement.

      The deal smashes the massive contract signed by Bryce Harper -- 13 years, $330 million with the Philadelphia Phillies -- on March 2.

      The Angels set a press conference for 3 p.m. local time Sunday in Anaheim to trumpet the deal with Trout.

      Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke had the record MLB annual average salary at $34.4 million. Trout would eclipse that mark with $36 million AAV.

      Boxer Canelo Alvarez signed a contract with DAZN worth a minimum of $365 million.

      Trout has a staggering 64.3 Wins Above Replacement through his age-26 season, which is far beyond any player at his age in Major League Baseball history.

      The 24th pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Trout has made the playoffs only once with the Angels in eight seasons. Speculation built that he could bounce to the Phillies when his contract expired -- Trout grew up less than an hour away in New Jersey -- but the Angels declared their commitment to the superstar.

      Trout, who has a career .307 batting average with 240 home runs, 648 RBIs, 793 runs and 189 stolen bases in 1,065 career games, also finished second in the MVP voting four times.

      --Field Level Media