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Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s MLB debut undetermined
Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s MLB debut has "no firm timeline," general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday.
Guerrero Jr. likely won't debut until mid-to-late April due to baseball's service time rules. He turns 20 next month.
Vlad Jr. turned in a phenomenal .381/.437/.636 batting line with 20 home runs, 78 RBI, and 67 runs scored over 95 games (408 plate appearances) last season across four different levels of the Blue Jays' minor league system.
Jacob deGrom named Mets' Opening Day starter
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom will be the club's Opening Day starter, manager Mickey Callaway announced Thursday.
deGrom is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and coming off an absolutely dominant campaign, so it would have been shocking if Callaway named anyone else. The Mets tee the 2019 season off in Washington against the Nationals on March 28.
The 30-year-old right-hander led the majors with a 1.70 ERA last season, the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers since Major League Baseball lowered the mound in 1969. He also struck out 269 batters over 217 innings.
Angels' Shohei Ohtani (elbow) not expected to be ready to DH until May
Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is not expected to be ready to play until May, per manager Brad Ausmus.
Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow this offseason and will not be able to pitch in 2019. He will, however, be able to remain the Angel's primary DH, but not until May at the earliest. Albert Pujols and Justin Bour will likely cover first base and DH until Ohtani is ready to play.
Ohtani slashed .285/.361/.564 with 22 homers, 61 RBI, and 10 steals in 367 plate appearances in 2018.
Free agent Bryce Harper currently not considering short-term deals
Free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper will not sign or even consider any short-term deals, per Jon Heyman of MLB Netowrk.
With pitchers and catchers already have reported, the saga of Harper and free agency continues to drag on. The outfielder has been tied to the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Washington Nationals but there appears to be no clear favorite at the moment. Harper is looking for a 10-year, $300M offer, but seems unlikely to get one now.
Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBI, and a league-high 130 walks over 695 plate appearances in 2018.
Francisco Lindor (calf) expected to be out nearly two months
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will reportedly miss about the next two months after suffering a calf strain.
The Indians said Lindor "is expected to return to Major League game activity in 7-to-9 weeks," and opening Day is in exactly seven weeks from now. He'll be cutting it close based on this timeline, but there's enough time for him to recover in time to start the season healthy.
In 158 games last season, Lindor hit for a .277 batting average with 38 home runs, 129 runs, 92 RBI, 25 stolen bases and an OPS of .871.
Astros' Carlos Correa awarded $5 million in arbitration
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has won his arbitration case against the team.
Correa was offered $4.25 million for his services this season, but after taking the case to mediators, he was awarded the full $5 million he requested.
In 110 games last season, Correa hit for a .239 batting average with 15 home runs, 60 runs, 65 RBI and an OPS of .728.
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