Opportunity knocks, but who will answer? Cleveland Indians morning briefing | cleveland.com
The big news from this piece is that Craig Stammen, like Tommy Hunter, won't be ready to pitch on Opening Day because he's still recovering from off-season surgery. That opens the door for other NRIs like Joba Chamberlain (gulp), the Gorzelanny/Thatcher/Detwiler trio, and the relievers already on the 40-man roster (Armstrong/Adams/Otero/Crockett)
Will Cleveland Indians consider contract extension for Carlos Santana? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com
I would say that they don't offer Santana an extension. The Indians do have a team option on Santana (though it is $12M) for next year, so there would still be an opportunity to extend him if he has a good season this year. Of course, if Santana does have a good season, he'd be unlikely to sign an extension with just a year to go until free agency.
Carlos Santana on DHing full-time in 2016 | MLB.com
Speaking of Santana, he'll likely see most of his plate appearances as a DH this year, and although he's willing to do whatever helps the team, would rather play in the field:
"I don't like to play DH too much, because I like staying in the game," Santana said. "And I think I'm too young for that. I like to play any position, but whatever decision he makes is fine. The manager is going to try to play the best lineup."
Previously pudgy Roberto Perez is ready to put it all together for the 2016 season - Cleveland - Scout
Perez is now in the Best Shape of His Life (tm)
When it comes to the Cleveland Indians' rotation, Terry Francona says not to forget about Zach McAllister | cleveland.com
Apparently the Indians haven't completely shut the door of Zach McAllister starting, I think it would take an extraordinary series of events for that to happen this year.
Orioles sign pitcher Yovani Gallardo | MLB.com
The deal is three year, $35M, with a team option for a fourth year. Even though his strikeout rate has declined in recent years, that's still a bargain for Baltimore. Although do consider that the Orioles by signing him give up their first-round (14th overall) pick in this June's draft.
Rangers Sign Jeremy Guthrie | WFAA.com
LGFT Jeremy Guthrie will stay in the AL.
Sunday Notes: Cards, Red Sox, Outspoken Perez, Extended Stats, more | FanGraphs Baseball
David Laurilia's always-excellent Sunday notes.