Brewers “have a standing offer” to Alex Gonzalez

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According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the Brewers “have a standing offer” to 35-year-old shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in May.

They want Gonzalez to re-sign as a backup to new shortstop Jean Segura, but assistant general manager Gord Ash told Haudricourt that Gonzalez “is not going to take anything that would indicate he’d be a backup until he exhausts the opportunities to play every day.”

In other words, he’ll keep shopping around for a starting job–or at least a better opportunity to play himself into a starting job–and then perhaps re-sign with the Brewers to back up Segura if there’s nothing to be found.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.