Author: Aaron Gleeman

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GM says Rockies are “highly, highly unlikely” to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez


No amount of denials can seem to halt the Troy Tulowitzki trade speculation, but perhaps this will slow things down a bit: General manager Jeff Bridich told Jon Morosi of that the Rockies are “highly, highly unlikely” to trade Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez before Opening Day.

Tulowitzki is owed $114 million for the next six seasons and Gonzalez is owed $53 million for the next three seasons, and injuries have put both players’ market value in question.

In other words, even if the Rockies eventually want to part ways with Tulowitzki and/or Gonzalez–and that’s far from a certainty–they’d probably be smart to wait until they’re healthy again before really pushing for a deal.

Royals and Jarrod Dyson settle, avoid arbitration

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Jarrod Dyson has avoided arbitration with the Royals by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million deal.

Dyson requested $1.6 million and the Royals countered at $900,000 following a season in which he hit .269 with 36 steals and a .651 OPS in 120 games as a part-timer.

Dyson figures to fill the same type of role for Kansas City in 2015, with his speed and outfield defense making him valuable in the right spots and his lack of offense keeping him from taking hold of a full-time gig.

Angels “optimistic” Garrett Richards will be ready for April

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As of six weeks ago Angels manager Mike Scioscia was telling reporters that the team didn’t expect Garrett Richards back from knee surgery until May, but apparently that return timetable has changed.

General manager Jerry Dipoto told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register that the Angels are “optimistic” about Richards’ progress and believe he may be ready by Opening Day. And if not, early April is now the targeted return date.

Richards had a breakout 2014 season before tearing his left patellar tendon, logging 169 innings with a 2.61 ERA and 164/51 K/BB ratio at age 26. His rehab has advanced to throwing from 150 feet.

Orioles, Bud Norris avoid arbitration for $8.8 million

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Bud Norris and the Orioles have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $8.8 million contract.

Norris asked for $10.25 million and the Orioles countered at $7.5 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility before hitting the open market as a free agent next winter.

Norris posted a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts for Baltimore last season, logging 165 innings with a 139/52 K/BB ratio at age 29. He has a 3.92 ERA in 216 total innings for the Orioles since they acquired him from the Astros in mid-2013.