Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the story:
Since rejoining the Orioles rotation full time in July 2012, Chris Tillman is 38-16 with a 3.42 ERA and Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette said he values the righty as one of the best starters in the AL.
To that extent, he and Tillman’s representatives continue to work to see if they can reach a long-term agreement.
Sherman hears that the negotiations probably won’t carry over into the regular season, so the two sides have about two weeks to get something done. Tillman scored $4.315 million this winter in his first year of salary arbitration. That was the second-highest figure ever for a first-time arbitration-eligible starting pitcher. The 26-year-old is currently scheduled to become a free agent after the 2017 season.
This comes from the A’s new batch of commercials for the 2015 season. It’s pretty good …
Doolittle is a pretty good follow on Twitter at @whatwouldDOOdo. The left-hander is currently recovering from a tear in his rotator cuff, but he should take over as the A’s closer sometime in early May.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told John Lott of Canada’s National Post on Sunday that infielder Maicer Izturis will open the 2015 regular season on the 15-day disabled list because of a groin strain.
Izturis suffered the injury in Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Rays. He had been the favorite for the Blue Jays’ Opening Day second base gig, which will now go to either Ryan Goins, Steve Tolleson, or newcomer Devon Travis.
Travis, acquired from the Tigers in November for outfielder Anthony Gose, batted .298/.358/.460 with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 100 games last season at Double-A Erie. The 24-year-old was rated Detroit’s top prospect by Baseball America just a few days before the team shipped him to Toronto.
Some good news this weekend out of Rays camp …
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, lefty starter Drew Smyly reported no abnormal discomfort after throwing 20 fastballs off a mound on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Florida. It was his first mound work since March 6. “Felt great,” Smyly told reporters afterward. “Right direction, for sure.”
Smyly will throw another two or three bullpen sessions before the Rays’ training staff decides whether to clear him for Grapefruit League play. He hasn’t appeared in a game yet this spring due to left shoulder tendinitis and the expectation is that he’ll miss the first week of the regular season.
Smyly posted a dominant 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season following the July three-team trade that sent him to Tampa Bay and moved David Price to Detroit.
Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Tyler Pastornicky.
Pastornicky was released by the Braves this past Thursday. He started at shortstop and second base for the Braves at one point, but the 25-year-old has produced an ugly .243/.295/.314 batting line in 268 career major league plate appearances.
Pastornicky will function as organizational middle infield depth for the Rangers this season. His contract does not include an invitation to major league camp.