News and Notes for Monday Morning

According to Jesse Sanchez, the Dodgers are back in the Bryce Harper conversation.  Could they be the mystery team that was reported yesterday?  Many think the Yankees might swoop in at the last minute and make an offer.  National League teams are looking at Harper as a possible DH candidate when the DH becomes universal.

Dodgers and Harper

Clayton Kershaw will test his shoulder today after being shut down for the weekend.

Addison Russell played his first game for the Cubs of the spring.

In other Cubs news, Tyler Chatwood does not care if he starts or is int he bullpen he just wants to play for the Cubs.  If his walk rate is anything close to 8.2 per nine innings he won’t have to worry about that because he will be headed out of town.

Hanley Ramirez who signed with the Indians over the weekend will earn $1 million if he makes the team out of spring training.

David Bote of the Cubs was hit in the head by Madison Bumgarner in the game yesterday.  Giants doctors checked him out and the tests were negative but the Cubs will update his situation later this morning.

Kyle Hendricks and Javier Baez have not heard from the Cubs on contract extensions.  Both have expressed interest in saying in Chicago.

Jose Martinez of the Cardinals signed a 2 year deal for $3.25 million plus incentives.

White Sox outfielder left the game yesterday with left hamstring tightness.

The Rangers and Orioles make a trade.  The Rangers get International Bonus Money from the Orioles for minor league righty David Lebron.

The Padres could still be in the running to sign Dallas Keuchel after spending big on Manny Machado.

J.D. Martinez criticizes the way free agency is happening right now.  He calls it an “embarrassment for baseball”.




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