Eric Hosmer got the biggest contract of this slow-moving offseason. His eight-year, $144 million deal is far clear of what other star free agents received, such as JD Martinez, Lorenzo Cain and Yu Darvish.
The San Francisco Giants were concerned about Steven Duggar’s bat. His Fall League and Spring Training performances have abolished such worries.
Spring Training is ramping up. Major league starting pitchers have edged their pitch counts higher, with aces now going five innings into games, just as Max Scherzer and Madison Bumgarner did on Tuesday.
Toronto, Boston and Houston all secured playoff places last week. There was more tussling for seeding position in both the East and West with only 3.5 games separating Portland in third from the Jazz in 10th.
Jake Arrieta became the second Scott Boras client to sign in two days when he agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
It took until early March for Mike Moustakas to sign for a team. The power-hitting third baseman secured a deal before plenty of other stars, but his $6.5 million for 2018 is far short of what evaluators expected him to receive.
Philadelphia have lost just nine games since the turn of the year. They are 20-21 against teams with a record over .500 for the season and boast a 20-10 home record.
Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens, gave a definitive answer on Gordon Hayward’s season on Saturday when speaking to the media in Houston ahead of the Celtics’ meeting with the Rockets.