Here are the top stories from Spring Training today.
–Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee announced today that his career may end if he needs elbow surgery. The end of Lee’s career would mark the end for one of this century’s best pitchers. Lee has gone 143-91 over his career, posting a 3.52 ERA over 13 years.
–The Atlanta Braves are reportedly in ongoing negotiations with Hector Olivera‘s camp according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Robert Murray first reported that the Braves had offered a deal in the $50 million range.
-The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly “keeping an eye on” Ryan Howard in trade talks, according to Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sportsnet. Baltimore doesn’t necessarily have a hole at first base or in the DH spot, (where Steve Pearce resides) although Chris Davis struggled throughout last year, posting a .193 average.
–Kevin Correia signed with the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal. Last season with the Twins and Dodgers, he went 7-17 with a 5.44 ERA over 154 IP, and will either provide AAA depth in case any starters get hurt or long bullpen relief. Over his 12 year career, he has gone 76-95 with a 4.59 ERA over 1405.1 IP.
-The Texas Rangers will make an announcement regarding plans for Yu Darvish on Wednesday. The two options are thought to be surgery, which will sideline him for a year, or he’ll be rested for four months or more.
–Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span had surgery Monday morning to repair a core muscle. Span recently had sports hernia surgery, but started feeling pain six or seven weeks later. Core surgeries typically take 4-6 weeks to recover from, so Span will not resume baseball activities until mid-April or May. This is another big blow to the Nationals outfield, after Jayson Werth had to undergo surgery on his arm. Werth is still in question for opening day.