MLB notebook: All teams to participate in Stoneman Douglas tribute
All 30 Major League Baseball teams will recognize the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by wearing the school's baseball hats at the opening spring training games Friday and Saturday.
Seventeen people were killed in a mass shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school on Feb. 14. A former student at the school was arrested and charged with premeditated murder.
Baseball's tribute began when the Miami Marlins announced Tuesday that players, coaches and personnel would wear Stoneman Douglas hats for the Grapefruit League opener Friday at Jupiter, Fla.
Later Tuesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all team personnel and umpires would wear the school's hats pregame Friday, with the option to continue wearing the hats during the games that day. Players subsequently will sign the hats and donate them to an auction benefiting the Broward Education Foundation, which will designate the proceeds to the official Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund, according to MLB.com.
--After losing free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, the Arizona Diamondbacks apparently are trying to replace some of the missing power.
In a three-way trade, Arizona dealt infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received slugging right fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple reports.
The Diamondbacks also will receive right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener from the Yankees, according to the New York Post. FanRag and ESPN both reported that the Yankees are shipping second base prospect Nick Solak to Rays.
--The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract.
Sanchez, who turns 34 on Feb. 27, agreed to a deal that would pay him $2.5 million should he make the major league club out of spring training. He officially joined workouts with the team on Tuesday.
Sanchez can also earn $2.5 million in incentives.
--The Martinez signing in Boston caused its first ripple effect, as the Red Sox traded minor league outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
Brentz, 29, is out of minor league options and will try to win a job at spring training camp with the Pirates. He played a combined 34 major league games for Boston in 2014 and 2016, hitting .311 with one homer and nine RBIs.
--With No. 35 not available in San Diego, Eric Hosmer found a way to honor late close friend Yordano Ventura.
Hosmer announced Tuesday that he would wear No. 30 with the Padres, the number Ventura wore when the two were teammates with the Kansas City Royals. On Monday, Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million deal with San Diego, the richest contract in team history.
Ventura was killed 13 months ago in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at age 25.
--Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies can pull an ace out of their sleeve days into spring training.
According to MLB Network, the Phillies are engaged in preliminary contract talks with ace right-hander Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs. Arrieta, 31, is a surprise leftover on the market in the final days of February.
However, the Scott Boras client is reportedly generating significant interest from multiple National League teams even after declining a six-year deal from the Cubs that opened the door for Yu Darvish to join Chicago's staff.
--Harsh opinions of the offseason moves made by the Marlins have been splashed everywhere for months, but manager Don Mattingly rejected the input of one notable division rival.
Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper said he was shocked when the Marlins traded away their entire outfield -- National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, center fielder Christian Yelich and left fielder Marcell Ozuna.
"He doesn't really know what goes on over here," Mattingly said. "He may think he does, but he doesn't know what the discussions are. He doesn't know our players."
--Field Level Media