Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Ervin Santana is talking to the Blue Jays, Orioles and one unnamed National League team.
The Rockies are rumored to be the one National League club that is on the fringe of talks for the free agent right-hander, with the Blue Jays looking like the favorites at this point. It looks increasingly likely that he'll reach a deal within the next day or two.
Michael Pineda impressed in his Grapefruit League debut on Friday, tossing a pair of scoreless innings and fanning four in a victory over the Tigers.
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Pineda exhibited great command of his pitches, throwing 21 of his 27 offerings for strikes. The last of his four strikeouts came courtesy of two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Afterwards, Yankees catcher Brian McCann noted that "his slider was pretty much unhittable." Even more promising, is that his velocity sat comfortably in the 91-93 MPH range. He should start to climb up fantasy draft boards with every strong spring showing.
Starlin Castro (hamstring) said Friday that he hopes to resume baseball activities early next week.
The 24-year-old shortstop reiterated this his goal for the 2014 season remains to play in all 162 games for the Cubs, and that he plans to be "100 percent for the season." His fantasy value has been discounted substantially after a highly disappointing 2013 season and the early injury in camp.