Author: Aaron Gleeman

Jerry Blevins Nationals

Jerry Blevins and the Nationals went through with an arbitration hearing over $200,000


Left-hander Jerry Blevins will earn $2.4 million this season after defeating the Nationals in an arbitration hearing.

Washington’s counter offer was $2.2 million, so it’s strange that the two sides couldn’t come to a compromise over a gap of just $200,000 and avoid going through with a hearing.

Acquired from the A’s last offseason, Blevins posted an ugly-looking 4.87 ERA in 64 appearances for the Nationals but also had 66 strikeouts in 57 innings and held left-handers to a .160 batting average.

Orioles “have expressed interest” in Dustin McGowan

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Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have expressed interest” in free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan.

Once a top prospect and young building block in the Blue Jays’ rotation, McGowan’s career was derailed by numerous injuries and last season he logged more than 25 innings in the majors for the first time since way back in 2008.

McGowan split time between the rotation and bullpen last year, but it sounds like the Orioles are pursuing the 33-year-old strictly as a reliever. Combined during the past two seasons McGowan has a 3.01 ERA and 62/28 K/BB ratio in 69 innings out of the bullpen.

Brewers star catcher Jonathan Lucroy out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with what the team is calling a mild right hamstring strain.

Lucroy was fantastic last season, starting 133 games at catcher and hitting .301 with 13 homers, a league-leading 53 doubles, and an .837 OPS on the way to finishing fourth in the MVP balloting behind Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andrew McCutchen.

Even missing the full six weeks would give Lucroy enough time to recover before Opening Day, but he’d be starting the season with basically zero spring training action and any setbacks in his rehab could lead to missed regular season games.

Martin Maldonado is the backup catcher and the Brewers liked him enough in that limited role to give him a two-year, $1.95 million deal in January, but he’s a 28-year-old career .225 hitter with a .651 OPS and logged just 126 plate appearances in 2014.