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[February 15, 2019]
The San Diego Padres have
doubled down on their pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami last week to have
a second meeting with Machado, according to the San Diego
Union-Tribune. Multiple media outlets subsequently confirmed the
report on Thursday.
The most recent meeting included Machado's wife, the Union-Tribune
reported, signaling the possibility that the sides were trying to
work toward an agreement. There was no comment from Machado or the
Padres regarding the latest meeting.
Machado, a four-time All-Star, is one of the marquee players still
unsigned with spring training camps opening. Other teams reportedly
in the running for Machado include the Philadelphia Phillies,
Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees, all of whom have met with
the 26-year-old infielder this offseason.
Padres representatives, including Preller, general partner Peter
Seidler and manager Andy Green, also met with free agent outfielder
Bryce Harper in Las Vegas on Jan. 31. Harper and Machado reportedly
are seeking in the neighborhood of $30 million a year.
--Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the Astros were
tantalizingly close to landing Harper at the July 2018 trade
"There was an agreement in principle in place and it didn't get over
the finish line for whatever reason, out of our control. But yeah,
we had interest," Luhnow told reporters at the Astros' spring
training site in West Palm Beach, Fla. "We had worked out an
agreement with players both ways."
Harper remained with the Washington Nationals and finished the 2018
season with 34 homers, 100 RBIs, 103 runs and a National
League-leading 130 walks.
--New York Yankees relief pitcher Danny Farquhar debuted a custom
cap that includes head protection, nearly 10 months after suffering
a brain hemorrhage during a game, ESPN's "Outside the Lines"
Then with the Chicago White Sox, Farquhar collapsed in the dugout
between innings during his relief appearance last April 20. The
brain hemorrhage was attributed to a ruptured aneurysm. Farquhar had
surgery at a Chicago hospital and was sidelined the rest of the
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) is out at second
against Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) in the
seventh inning in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
On the field, he will wear a specially designed protective padding
that fits inside his cap. The gear weighs 6 ounces and is made by
Unequal Technologies. It consists of an insert and an outer flap
similar to a batting helmet and is designed to protect his temple
and the area of the skull where he had the surgery.
--Jacob deGrom's 2018 Cy Young Award will be shipped back to the
manufacturer because it was damaged in transit, ESPN reported.
The award was sent from New York to the Mets' spring training
facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but when it was unpacked, four
letters in the word "OUTSTANDING" were damaged on the front of the
plaque. On the back, a chunk of wood was missing.
When the NL's Cy Young Award voting was revealed, deGrom had
received 29 of the 30 first-place votes. The right-hander was just
10-9 for a disappointing Mets team last season, but his 1.70 ERA led
--Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Harvey strained a glute
muscle during agility drills and will be sidelined for about 10
days, manager Brad Ausmus said.
"You can recover (in) a week and a half," Ausmus told reporters at
the team's spring training facility in Tempe, Ariz. "It depends on
how he feels when we re-evaluate him, and how he feels and how
quickly he can get back on the mound and what he's done in the
Harvey, an All-Star with the New York Mets in 2013, signed a
one-year, $11 million deal with the Angels in December. Harvey, who
turns 30 next month, went 7-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 32 games (28
starts) last season with the Mets and Cincinnati Reds.
--Field Level Media
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