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Morales Rejected $30M Extension With Mariners

Kendrys Morales remains a free agent, but he had the opportunity to sign a long-term deal with the Seattle Mariners last summer.

Seattle offered Morales a three-year, $30 million extension after the 2013 All-Star break.

Morales hit .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers last season and earned $5.25 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.

Via Todd Dybas/Tacoma News Tribune

Mariners Scratch Walker From Rehab Start

The Seattle Mariners scratched Taijuan Walker from a scheduled rehab start on Tuesday night because he could not get loose before the game.

Walker, who was placed on the disabled list last month due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder, complained of a stiff shoulder prior to the game.

"He just says he felt stiff," Jack Zduriencik told reporters. "What you don't know about this is if you sleep on it wrong or however things work like that. When a guy's stiff and he's a guy like this, you just figure let's take as many precautions as we can."

The 21-year-old was expected to rejoin Seattle's rotation next week.


Padres Offered Headley Three-Year Deal In Offseason

The San Diego Padres offered Chase Headley a three-year contract extension worth between $33 million and $39 million this past offseason.

That deal would have began in 2015, giving Headley a guaranteed $49.525 million over the next four years.

The two sides aren't believed to be close an agreement currently.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Ricketts: Cubs Aren't Interested In Move From Wrigley

Tom Ricketts says he remains committed to refurbishing Wrigley Field rather than moving to the suburbs.

The Chicago Cubs won approval from Chicago's city council last July for a $500 million renovation.

Wrigley Field turns 100 on April 23.

"We've been approached by several suburban sites and alternatives to move the Cubs to a new ballpark," Ricketts said, "and although I haven't studied it thoroughly, I imagine that's probably an attractive proposition for us.

"But we've made it our priority to try to stay where we're at because of what it does mean to the neighbors and what it does mean to the city, both economically and just from the standpoint of quality of life in general."

Via Associated Press

Fielder Hits First HR In 109 ABs

Prince Fielder hit a home run against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, his first with the Texas Rangers.

Fielder had gone 51 at-bats to start the season without a home run before that blast, but also 109 at-bats going back to last year with the Tigers, including postseason.

The Rangers acquired Fielder in a trade with the Tigers this offseason.

Via T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Josh Johnson Isn't Progressing, Set For Evaluation

Josh Johnson, who has yet to pitch this season, will undergo further evaluation this week.

The San Diego Padres signed Johnson to a one-year contract this offseason. He had a right forearm strain in spring training.

"I don't know if you'd call it a setback; he just hasn't gotten better," Bud Black said. "There's probably more tests and more evaluations (coming)."

Via Associated Press

George Springer Called Up By Astros

The Houston Astros are calling up prospect George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old outfielder had 37 homers and 108 RBIs with 45 stolen bases combined in Double-A and Triple-A last year.

"It's just an indescribable feeling," Springer said. "I'm speechless right now."

Springer was selected 11th overall by the Astros out of UConn in the 2011 amateur draft.

Via Associated Press

Mike Napoli Dislocates Finger On Slide

Mike Napoli dislocated the ring finger on his left hand while diving headfirst into second base against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

X-rays were negative, revealing no fracture to the finger. Napoli wore a splint on the finger as he spoke with reporters.

"It's not broke," he said. "I can play with some soreness. I guess we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

Napoli is hitting .302/.393/.509 in 14 games this season.

Via Gordon Edes/ESPN

Epstein: Both Teams Benefited From Soriano Trade

Theo Epstein believes both the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees benefited from last July's trade that sent Alfonso Soriano to the Bronx.

The Cubs traded Soriano to the Yankees for minor league pitcher Corey Black while also agreeing to pay about $17.7 million of the estimated $24.5 million remaining on Soriano's contract, which expires after this season.

"It looks like a deal that worked out for both sides," Epstein said.

"He had a no-trade clause and the Yankees were a team he felt comfortable with. We were in talks for a while. They said no to all the players [we asked for], including Corey Black. And then eventually they said they would do Black."

The Cubs and Yankees will play a doubleheader on Wednesday after being rained out on Tuesday.


Steinbrenner: Yankees Don't Need Drew

Hal Steinbrenner doesn't think the New York Yankees need to sign Stephen Drew to help their injury-depleted infield.

"I'm pretty content with our infield right now," Steinbrenner said. "I think guys like [Dean] Anna and [Yangervis] Solarte have been pleasant surprises. Kelly Johnson has been good. Derek [Jeter] is healthy. So so far, so good. But it's early."

The Yankees have seen a number of their infield options sidelined early this season -- including Mark Teixeira and Francisco Cervelli.

A source Monday said there was "no way" New York would sign Drew, who remains on the free agent market.