Report: Twins offer prospects Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramos to Mariners for Cliff Lee

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Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports that an “MLB source hears” the Twins have offered outfield prospect Aaron Hicks and catcher prospect Wilson Ramos to the Mariners for Cliff Lee.
As a Twins fan the notion of adding Lee to the rotation for the second half is exciting, but Hicks and Ramos is significantly more than I’d be willing to give up. Coming into the season Baseball America ranked Hicks at the 19th-best prospect in the game and Ramos also cracked their top 100 at No. 58.
For the Twins to give up both of them for a half-season of Lee and a pair of compensatory draft picks when he leaves as a free agent would be very uncharacteristic, not to mention quite a bit more than other rumored packages. And if the Mariners can get a top-25 prospect and a top-75 prospect for Lee perhaps the “Jack Zduriencik is a genius” bandwagon will start filling up again.
UPDATE: LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune chimes in to say: “Nothing close on Lee, a Twins source tells me. Still guessing that talks are fluid.”

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.