Transitioning baseball writer Jon Heyman (he’s taken SI.com out of his profile, but he’s still dishing the goods while his move to CBS Sports is in progress) tweets that the Marlins are going to limit themselves to one more splash:
Hearing marlins won’t do 2 more big free agents. If they get pujols they’ll be out on wilson/buehrle and trade for SP instead
He also wrote the following:
marlins will press to settle pujols 1 way or other by today or tomorrow. If no albert, they’ll go for wilson or buehrle
As things stand now, the Marlins have a rotation of Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco, Brad Hand and Chris Volstad. They do have quite a bit to barter with, though, even if they choose to keep Hanley Ramirez. Gaby Sanchez would be made expendable by a Pujols signing, and while third base prospect Matt Dominguez and former Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan have seen their stock drop, they’d still have some value. Former closer Juan Carlos Oviedo, Nolasco and Volstad would also be available.
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.
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.