Report: Orioles have made offer to Yoenis Cespedes

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UPDATE: No word on the exact offer, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles are willing to give Cespedes a five-year deal in the range of $75-90 million. He also hears that the team has grown frustrated with the lack of progress in talks with Chris Davis and might be close to walking away. Could the Cespedes offer be an attempt to force a resolution?

6:03 p.m. ET: After being quiet for most of the winter, we are finally seeing some movement in the market for free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles have made an offer to Cespedes. The specifics of that offer aren’t yet known. However, Kubatko writes that the club prefers him over fellow free agent Justin Upton. Part of this could be that Cespedes won’t cost a draft pick while Upton would. Nothing new has developed with Chris Davis, so this is a signal that the Orioles aren’t willing to wait much longer to get ready for 2016.

Cespedes, 30, is coming off a career year where he batted .287 with an .870 OPS to go along with 35 home runs and 105 RBI. Still, he hasn’t been able to land that lucrative contract many had him pegged for. The Mets have reportedly kept in touch about a short-term deal, but he still appears likely to end up elsewhere. Could Baltimore be that spot?

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.