MLB News and Notes: February 28, 2019

Spring Training is in full swing, with all 30 clubs playing actual games in either Arizona or Florida. While exhibition baseball happens on the field, several stories are happening off of it. Here are the latest MLB news and notes.

Giants have 2nd meeting with Harper

The Bryce Harper sweepstakes continue, as now the Giants have put themselves firmly in the mix. Sources confirmed the team met with Harper in Las Vegas on Tuesday to discuss a deal.

Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi were in the meeting with Harper and his agent Scott Boras. According to multiple reports, San Francisco discussed the possibility of a 10-year contract.

In the last week, Harper has met with two other teams. He met with the Phillies on Friday, who are prepared to offer a long-term deal, and met with the Dodgers on Sunday, who are interested in a short-term deal. He is also known to have met with the White Sox, Padres, and Nationals, but those clubs no longer seem to be in the running.

Harper, 26, could join the recently-signed Manny Machado as the only other $300 million-player in the history of free agency. The former National League MVP batted .249 in 2018 but slugged 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.

Arenado, Rockies officially ink extension

Nolan Arenado isn’t hitting free agency after all. The star third baseman agreed to an eight-year, $260 million extension with the Rockies, a pact that was officially announced on Wednesday.

Arenado’s deal has an average annual value of $32.5 million, the most among position players and second behind Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke ($34.42 million) for the largest in baseball. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause and a player opt-out after 2021.

The 27-year old hit .297 with 38 home runs and 110 RBIs last season. In six big league seasons, Arenado has won a Gold Glove every year, along with four All-Star appearances and four Silver Sluggers.

Martinez receives PRP

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez had a PRP injection to stimulate the healing in his right pitching shoulder. He will not throw for the next two weeks.

Martinez has missed the past week with shoulder discomfort, and now is sitting out with his arm in a sling. He will likely not be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season.

The 27-year old Martinez was the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter last year, finishing 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 18 starts and 15 relief appearances. But injuries constantly plagued him, missing separate periods of time due to a strained right lat muscle, strained right oblique, and strained right shoulder.

Exhibition games will take place over the next month, with Opening Day scheduled for March 28. Until then, several free agents, including Harper, Craig Kimbrel, and Dallas Keuchel, will aim to find jobs.

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