Jeff Mathis is available. He is once again a free agent looking for a job.
The Angels had a good game against the Royals yesterday. They even won, thanks to a three run homer by Justin Upton. And I guess Josέ Iglesias is aight. He didn’t even lose his sunglasses. The Angels will allow scouts at alternate site games but not at minor league spring training games or workouts at either facility. The scouts or no scouts question is reciprocal in nature. The Angels will probably not be able to send scouts to minor league spring training games. (Arte probably said “Scouts? What scouts?”)
Under the presumption that Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh both get called up in 2021, Bleacher Report picks Jordyn Adams to be the Angels next top prospect. Hey! Jaime Barria and Dillon Peters have options left after all. This is probably the move to correspond to Felix Peña’s injury. Here is an article about the highest guy who is an Ohtani fan. Rule 5 pick Josέ Alberto Rivera was returned to the Astros.
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The new rules are out concerning players’ access to in-game video. A.J. Puk may be on the Athletics opening day rotation if Mike Fiers cannot recover from his current bout of hip inflammation. Julio Teheran will make the Tigers opening day roster. Happy 20th Anniversary of Randy Johnson versus the bird. Spoiler alert: Randy Johnson won at one second of the first round. Ramon Laureano’s side injury seems to be resolved.
I’m not sure how interesting this is to the general audience, but the arbitration language in fine print on the back of a baseball ticket might not be as binding as the team intended it to be, at least not in Illinois. Blake Cederlind had Tommy John surgery. Left handed pitcher Steven Brault is sidelined for a month due to a moderate arm muscle strain. Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader is out four weeks due to a forearm flare up. He might even be out six weeks. He needs to wait and see if that platelet rich plasma is going to do him any good. Lance McCullers Jr. got extended by the Astros. It looks like he gets $85 Million distributed unevenly over 5 years. The Astros also offered an extension to Carlos Correa but they don’t appear to be making any progress.
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