Former major league pitcher Roy Halladay is likely to work for the Phillies in spring training, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports. The right-hander has been discussing with the Phillies potential responsibilities he might have at Spectrum Field and Carpenter Complex, the Phillies’ spring training stadium and year-round training facility, respectively.
Halladay was a guest instructor for the Phillies in 2014 and spoke at the Phillies’ annual prospects seminar last year. Halladay tweeted in 2015 that he wants to work in a major league front office some day, eventually becoming a team president.
Halladay, 39, spent the first 12 years of his big league career with the Blue Jays, winning the 2003 American League Cy Young Award. The Phillies acquired him after the 2009 season and he went on to win the 2010 NL Cy Young Award, pitch a perfect game in the regular season, and pitch a no-hitter in the playoffs. Halladay suffered from back and shoulder issues in the final two years of his career, forcing him to retire after the 2013 season.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.
Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.
Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.