Mat Latos “looked sharp” in 70-pitch simulated game Monday

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Mat Latos is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the right-hander “looked sharp” during a 70-pitch bullpen session yesterday and will be reevaluated by the Padres today.

Latos is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday, but manager Bud Black was noncommittal when asked if he’d be ready to rejoin the rotation by then, saying only that “all the reports are good.”

After struggling all spring with a 9.00 ERA in addition to getting knocked around in a minor-league game that doesn’t count toward those numbers Latos was shut down in late March and missed his Opening Day start.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.