Brewers planning to talk long-term contract extension this spring with shortstop Jean Segura

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish has the inside info:

The Milwaukee Brewers are expected to discuss a long-term contract extension with shortstop Jean Segura during spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team made him an offer during spring training last season, but the two sides “haven’t really” had discussions about a deal since the end of last season.

Seugra isn’t even eligible for salary arbitration until 2016 and he won’t hit the free agent market before the winter of 2019, so there’s no real rush on the Brewers’ end to get this done. The 23-year-old shortstop batted .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs, 44 stolen bases and 74 runs scored in 146 games last season, earning his first National League All-Star nod.

Milwaukee acquired him from the Angels in 2012 as the centerpiece for starter Zack Greinke.

Anaheim would probably like a do-over on that one.

MLB has more evidence against Addison Russell than just his ex-wife’s blog post

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Major League Baseball put Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on administrative leave pursuant to its domestic violence policy the other day. The thought at the time was that the move was made solely because Russell’s ex-wife, Melisa Reidy, had written a blog post reiterating past claims of domestic violence. As Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that’s not all they had:

The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players’ union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation.

The league’s investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said.

Reidy’s allegations alone, once assessed by MLB, would likely be enough to warrant Russell a suspension. That there is more out there would seem to make the case against him even stronger. The upshot: I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that Russell will be back with the Cubs this year.