According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he plans to meet with team owner Mark Attanasio this weekend to discuss a possible contract extension for shortstop Jean Segura.
The Brewers previously pitched the idea of an extension to Segura’s agent last May, but nothing came of it. There’s no rush to get a deal done, as Segura isn’t even arbitration-eligible for the first time until 2015, but he’ll only get more expensive if he can build off a solid first season in the majors. Andrelton Simmons’ recent seven-year, $58 million extension with the Braves will surely come up in any conversations.
Segura, who turns 24 on Monday, hit .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 44 stolen bases over 146 games last season.
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.