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Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident

Mariners Prospect Passes Away After Boating Accident Major League Baseball (NEW YORK) -- Victor Sanchez, a 20-year-old prospect of the Seattle Mariners, lost his life from injuries sustained in a February boating accident, according to the team. Sanchez reportedly suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after being struck in the head by a propeller while swimming in the Venezuelan coastal town of Campano. "The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez," said Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik through a team statement. "Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners. The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time." Sanchez pitched a 4.19 ERA last season, while earning a 7-6 record for the Mariners Double A club. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(VIERA, Fl.) -- With all of the top-line pitchers in the Washington Nationals rotation, the decision of who would start opening day would be a tough one. The Nationals have decided newcomer Max Scherzer will get the nod on opening day when Washington tees off against their NL East rival New York Mets. Stephen Strasburg has earned the honor for the past three seasons, but the Nationals felt Scherzer should set the tone for the season. "He's a really good pitcher," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "He's confident. We're confident in him." Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason with Washington after spending the last five seasons in Detroit. Last year, Scherzer tossed a 3.15 ERA, struck out 252 batters, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young voting -- He won the award in 2013. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brewers Pick Up Roenicke Option

Brewers Pick Up Roenicke Option iStockphoto(PHOENIX) -- The Milwaukee Brewers exercised Manager Ron Roenicke's 2016 option on Thursday afternoon. Roenicke replaced Ken Macha after the 2010 season and has led the Brewers to a 335-313 record. Milwaukee won the NL Central in his first season, then finished third and dropped to fourth in 2013. Milwaukee started 20-7 last season and led the division for five months, but lost 22 of its last 31 games and finished third at 82-80. The Brewers announced at the end of the season that Roenicke would return for 2015. "It makes me feel good," Roenicke said. "It's uncomfortable, especially when I concentrate so much on what I'm doing with my job -- I don't want to have to answer questions about the personal side of it." Roenicke said he has a great working relationship with general manager Doug Melvin. "I really like where I am. I love the city. I love the management," he said. "He went out on a limb and gave me this opportunity." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Phillies Shut Down Cliff Lee

Phillies Shut Down Cliff Lee Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- Cliff Lee will be riding the pine for a while as he attempts to recuperate from elbow soreness. The Phillies temporarily shut Lee down and ordered an MRI. The exam revealed no ligament damage, but Lee will miss his next start. "Any time it's the elbow, you have to be concerned," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "We have to be concerned because it's the area he felt something before. "We don't think it's acute, but we have to be cautious." Since 2010, over 100 major league pitchers have undergone so-called Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery. According to pitching injury expert Glenn Fleisig, fatigue is a major contributor to the injury.  Lee started only 13 games last season as he dealt with elbow soreness. He went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks

Chris Sale Out At Least 3 Weeks Christian Petersen/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a foot injury in an accident at his home and he is expected to miss at least three weeks of preparation time for the regular season. Sale was diagnosed with an avulsion fracture to the side of his right foot, however, Sale declined to comment on how the injury happened. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Sale landed awkwardly when he got off the back of his truck unloading items.  His status for Opening Day won't be determined until a later date. Sale finished third in the American league Cy Young Award voting last year, going 12-4 with a 2.17 ERA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angels Say Josh Hamilton Facing Discipline from MLB

Angels Say Josh Hamilton Facing Discipline from MLB Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet with MLB officials on Wednesday in regards to a disciplinary issue. Hamilton is expected to be out until May due to a recent shoulder surgery and he has not participated in the team's spring training in Arizona.  He's also been advised to stay at a friend's house in Houston while rehabbing from the surgery. Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction.  He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances -- and he won the AL MVP award in 2010. Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Orioles Sign Infielder Everth Cabrera

Orioles Sign Infielder Everth Cabrera Rich Pilling/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent infielder Everth Cabrera to a one-year $2.4 million contract. Last season the 28-year-old batted .232 in 357 at bats and struck out 86 times across 90 games. Cabrera also hit 13 doubles and stole 18 bases. Cabrera has spent the last six seasons with the San Diego Padres, before the team non-tendered him. His best seasons came during the 2012-2013 stretch when he batted .264 while hitting 34 doubles and stealing 81 bases. Cabrera has been dealing with trouble off the diamond. In 2013 he was suspended 50 games for a positive PED test and is potentially facing jail time for resisting arrest. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Mancada

Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Mancada Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON, Ma.) -- The Boston Red Sox have signed 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, according to his representative. The Red Sox will pay the switch-hitting Moncada a signing bonus of $31.5 million dollars, once he passes a pair of physicals. The team will also have to pay Major League Baseball an additional $31.5 million as a tax for surpassing the international bonus money allotment. Last season, Boston signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a six-year, $72.5 million dollar contract. Moncada is expected to begin his career in the minor leagues with the Portland Seadogs, Boston's Double A affiliate.  Additionally, the Red Sox have signed Moncada's close friend, 26-year-old Carlos Mesa, according to Moncada's agent, David Hastings. "He would have gone with Yoan even if the Red Sox had not signed him," Hastings said Monday night. "Carlos will help Yoan with his transition. He speaks English as well as Spanish." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell

Red Sox Extend Manager John Farrell Mike McGinnis/Getty Images (FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- The Boston Red Sox have extended the contract of manager John Farrell through the 2017 season, the team announced Saturday at the beginning of its spring training camp. "I'm ecstatic to have the extension," Farrell said. "This is a very special place and to be able to be here for a number of years that are in place, we don't take for granted one moment what the expectations are and how we have to deliver on those expectations." Coming off a 71-91 season the team also announced that it will also extend general manager Ben Cherington past the 2015 season. The exact duration is unknown. Farrell also addressed several concerns about position players leading into the season; notably Shane Victorino and new third basemen Pablo Sandoval. "If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he is our right fielder," Farrell explained. "He was one of the best right fielders in the game two years ago. When you come back from injury, you shouldn't have lost your job because of an injury." After pictures surfaced showing Sandoval with a large protruding gut, some questioned the fitness of the former San Francisco Giant. "His body type hasn't changed since signing with us," Farrell said. "He's a guy that converted from a catcher to third base position. He's transitioned successfully at it a number of years ago. His body works for him." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut

The Mets Won’t Push Back Matt Harvey’s Season Debut Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Back in December, Mets manager Terry Collins said ace starting pitcher Matt Harvey might not make his debut until the team's home opener on April 13th, but it looks as if plans may change. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Collins said that the current plan for Harvey is to start one of the team's first five games.  Harvey was expected to be on an innings limit this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year, however, Collins says they are more inclined to give him five-inning starts instead of skipping his turn in the rotation. Harvey will look to regain 2013 form in 2015, where he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, striking out 191 batters in 178.1 innings pitched. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks

Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out indefinitely, according to the team. Jansen reported discomfort after running last week, and tests showed there was a growth on a bone in his foot.  Jansen will be on crutches for the next 10 days and in a protective walking boot for another 3-4 weeks.  The entire healing process is expected to take between eight to 12 weeks. The Dodgers' closer is expected to miss the entire first month of the 2015 regular season. Last year Jansen had a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 101/19 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings.  Jansen also converted 44 saves in 49 opportunities. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Mariners Sign Rickie Weeks

Report: Mariners Sign Rickie Weeks Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SEATTLE, Wa.) -- The Seattle Mariners are adding depth to their infield. The team will sign Rickie Weeks to a one-year, $2 million deal, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.  The 32-year-old Weeks spent his entire ten year career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a four year extension with the team in 2011, but the team declined an $11.5 million option after his production at the plate slipped in the past few years. Weeks will likely spell Robinson Cano on days of rest. Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal last season with the Mariners. In his first season with the Mariners, Cano batted .314, smacked 14 home runs and drove in 82 RBI. In 2011, Weeks was named to his only All-Star game where he batted .269, hit 20 home runs and drove in 49 RBI. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds

Todd Frazier Agrees To Two Year Deal With Reds Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(CINCINATTI, Oh) -- Third baseman Todd Frazier will man the hot corner for the Cincinnati Reds for another pair of seasons. The Reds and the 28-year-old Frazier avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  Last season Frazier batted .273, with 29 home runs and 80 RBI for the Reds who finished fourth in the NL Central at 76-86. Frazier was named to his first All-Star game last season. Aroldis Chapman is the only player left with pending arbitration for the Reds. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Angels’ Hamilton to Have Shoulder Surgery

Angels’ Hamilton to Have Shoulder Surgery Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Hamilton, 33, will undergo a procedure to repair an AC joint in his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday. The former All-Star appeared in just 89 games last season as he struggled through shoulder and other injuries. Since joining the Angels in 2013 after reviving his career with the Texas Rangers, Hamilton has battled injuries and other inconsistencies. The 2010 Home Run Derby Champion has managed just 31 long balls in L.A. while batting no higher than .263 and striking out 266 times over two seasons. Hamilton signed a 5-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in 2013. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Red Sox, Rangers Complete Pitching Swap

Red Sox, Rangers Complete Pitching Swap Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have swapped pitchers struggling to find their role. Rangers vice president of communications John Blake announced via Twitter Tuesday that Boston has sent right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Texas in exchange for left-hander Robbie Ross, Jr. Ranaudo, 25, displayed fantastic play in Triple A, compiling a 14-4 record in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 138 innings pitched. He made his Major League debut last season, but struggled to find the same groove as his ERA ballooned to 4.81 in 39.1 innings of work. Ross, 25, struggled last season after a transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Posting a 6.20 ERA in 78.1 innings, Ross failed to find a role in the Rangers injury-riddled rotation.  He will likely resume his role as a left-handed reliever with Boston, a role he excelled in during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In his career, he has a 53.8 percent ground ball rate. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marlins Sign Ichiro

Marlins Sign Ichiro Rich Schulz/Getty Images (MIAMI, Fl.) -- Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball. The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal.  The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career. The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Astros Sign Colby Rasmus

Astros Sign Colby Rasmus Major League Baseball(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- The Houston Astros have added outfielder Colby Rasums into the mix to add a bit of power to their lineup. The Astros signed Rasmus to a one-year, $8 million deal, Tuesday. Rasmus, 28, is a talented, yet inconsistent batter.  Last season with the Blue Jays, Rasmus batted .225 with 18 home runs in 376 plate appearances. He also missed 58 games due to a hamstring injury. After the Astros traded Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, the Astros needed an outfielder and Rasmus seemed like a natural fit. Right-handed batter Jake Marisnick will likely platoon with Rasmus once the season gets under way. On January 14, the Astros also acquired catcher/outfield Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: MLB Proposes Shorter Inning Breaks

Report: MLB Proposes Shorter Inning Breaks BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball is seeking to shorten the length of games. The MLB has submitted a proposal that would require pitchers to, "finish their warm-up pitches and be ready to make their first pitch of an inning 30 seconds before the end of all between-inning commercial breaks," according to ESPN's Jayson Stark. Hitters would also be required to be ready sooner as well. Complaints have increased over the past decade over the length of games, as game times have consistently been over three hours. In the same period of time, ratings have seen a consistent decline. "The average time of a Major League Baseball game this year was 12 minutes longer than just four years ago," Stark said. "So they are looking for ways to pick up the pace." Before any changes will be made, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player's Association will explore other measures to speed up games. Pitch clocks will be installed at Double-A and Triple-A parks as a trial study, but will not be used in Major League parks.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Rangers Acquire Gallardo from Brewers

Report: Rangers Acquire Gallardo from Brewers Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tx.) -- The Texas Rangers are taking steps to correct their starting rotation this season. The Rangers acquired Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for three prospects, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.  The Brewers acquired second baseman Luis Sardinas, relief pitcher Corey Knebel, and Marcos Diplan, an 18-year-old prospect.  In addition, the Brewers cleared $13 million off their payroll by shipping off Gallardo. Earlier this offseason, the Rangers acquired Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers.  Gallardo, 28, has an 89-64 career record over eight seasons, with a 3.69 ERA. The Rangers will team Gallardo with top pitchers Yu Darvish and Derek Holland as Texas tries to rebound from an injury-riddled season that saw the team finish last in the AL West, at 67-95.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Nationals are adding one of baseball's top pitchers to an already solid rotation. Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  The deal is for $180 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. He will likely take the ace role in the Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark. Last season, Scherzer, 30, was 18-5, with a 3.15 ERA while pitching career highs in 220.1 innings and striking out 252 batters.  Scherzer and Jon Lester were viewed as the top starting pitchers available this offseason. Lester signed with the Cubs for six-years, $155 million.    Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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