Report: Chad Billingsley has received “multiple offers”

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the market for free agent right-hander Chad Billingsley is “gaining momentum” and he has received “multiple offers.”

No word on who the offers are from, but we heard earlier this offseason that the Diamondbacks were interested. It makes sense as a potential fit on the surface, as Billingsley’s agent used to be Dave Stewart, who is now the general manager for Arizona. However, the Diamondbacks have a lot of options for their rotation already and Patrick Corbin and Bronson Arroyo should be back by midseason after Tommy John surgery.

Billingsley hasn’t pitched in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2013. The 30-year-old had another surgery last June, this time to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training. He will likely have to settle for an incentive-laden contract, similar to what we saw with the Padres and Josh Johnson.

Billingsley owns a 3.65 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 over 190 starts and 29 relief appearances in the majors.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.