Spring training is coming to a close. The 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and rosters have mostly filled out. Now, clubs seem to be focused on taking care of their own, as several star players have signed lucrative extensions over recent weeks.
Reliever Craig Kimbrel, surprisingly, remains available. Time will tell whether he signs a deal ahead of the season starting.
Here are all the latest rumors and news around baseball:
• Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is not optimistic about agreeing to a contract extension ahead of the regular season starting. "Yeah, I said I wanted to get something done, but it’s getting close to Opening Day and I think my focus is on that right now," he said. (Tim Healey, Newsday)
• John Axford will rehab and sign back with the Blue Jays after being released by the club. (Jon Heyman, Fancred/MLB Network)
• Mets infielder Ruben Tejada will earn $750,000 if he reaches the majors. The deal includes no opt-out clauses. (Jon Heyman, Fancred/MLB Network)