Report: Marlins, Dee Gordon “making progress” on a contract extension

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After it was reported last month that the Marlins and Dee Gordon had begun negotiations on a contract extension, Joe Frisaro of reports that the two sides are “making progress.” In fact, the Marlins met with Gordon’s representatives at the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Monday.

Acquired from the Dodgers last winter, Gordon is coming off a fantastic season in which he batted .333/.359/.418 over 145 games while playing excellent defense at second base. He won the National League batting crown and led the league with 205 hits while his 58 steals were tops in the majors. He’s in a great position to negotiate this winter.

There’s not necessarily a rush to get something done, as Gordon is under team control through 2018. The 27-year-old made $2.5 million in 2015 and is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.