The Royals have re-worked Jeremy Guthrie’s contract

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Not every team can have MLB swoop in and relieve them of $27.5 million of payroll obligations. Some teams, if they want a little more breathing room, have to rework deals a couple million at a time!

Joel Sherman reports that the Kansas City Royals have done just that, reworking their contract with Jeremy Guthrie by adding a $10 million mutual option for 2016. Now Guthrie will make $8 million in 2014 rather than $11 million and his new mutual option will include a $3.2 million buyout. It’s the same amount of guaranteed money as the originally-agreed-to deal, it just frees some up on the front end.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.