Diamondbacks have spoken to free agent second baseman Howie Kendrick

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It’s been a sluggish winter for second baseman Howie Kendrick, who hit .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in 117 games last season for the Dodgers. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Los Angeles in November, which means his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. And he’ll turn 33 years old this July.

One option, if Kendrick gets desperate enough, could be Arizona.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart addressed the idea this week with beat writer Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic

As for free-agent options at second base, Stewart said he did not speak with Daniel Murphy, who recently signed a three-year deal with the Nationals, but has talked to Howie Kendrick, though he didn’t sound optimistic on that front.

“I just don’t know how far we’re going to get down the road with that,” Stewart said, sounding extremely hesitant to give up another draft pick in addition to the one the club surrendered to sign Greinke.

Chris Owings is currently projected to open the 2016 season as the Diamondbacks’ primary starter at second base, with Aaron Hill backing him up in a utility role. Owings batted just .227/.264/.322 in 147 games last season for Arizona, but he was a consensus top-100 prospect two winters ago and he is only 24 years old.

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.