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Trout wanted a lifetime contract

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07:47 AM ET 04.18 | In the end, compromise prevailed. Mike Trout wanted to go very long with his contract extension -- as long as 13 years -- or as short as four, according to major-league sources. The Angels, on the other hand, preferred to be somewhere in the middle, but ideally wanted a deal longer than six years. ... If Trout couldn't land a near-lifetime contract, his best alternative was to reach free agency as soon as possible. A 13-year deal likely would have been -- what, $350 million? It's difficult to know. In exchange for greater security, Trout might have accepted lower annual salaries than what he will receive from the Angels -- $5.25 million, $15.25 million and $19.25 million, then a record $33.25 million over each of the next three years. Over time, the Angels might regret locking up Trout.

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'Velo' questions anger Papelbon

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07:47 AM ET 04.18 | For at least a day, reports of Jonathan Papelbon's demise can be tabled. It's possible that his outing in Texas two weeks ago was just a poorly-timed implosion. For all of the heat Papelbon has taken about his declining save percentage and velocity, the fact remains that in three seasons with the Phillies, he has a 2.74 ERA and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Just don't make the mistake of talking to him about velocity. "Why do you guys care about velo so much, man?" an agitated Papelbon said at his locker Thursday. "Is that -- does that matter? You think that matters? I don't understand that. I mean, if a ball has life at the plate and you are throwing 88 miles an hour as opposed to 98 miles an hour, it doesn't make one [darn] bit of difference. Whether you throw 93 or 94 or 84. I just, I don't get it."

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Mattingly worried about Puig

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07:46 AM ET 04.18 | As the life and times of Yasiel Puig unfold, he has provided a number of highlights, but he's also responsible for bringing some concern to Los Angeles. [Puig] has presented Don Mattingly with plenty of managerial challenges since arriving in the major leagues last June, but the latest news about the outfielder's perilous escape from Cuba has taken the relationship into new territory. According to two reports, including a lengthy ESPN The Magazine story detailing its five-month investigation, Puig has received death threats from human traffickers who orchestrated his 2012 defection from Cuba to Mexico. Mattingly said he read the first of those articles Wednesday and has gained a more nuanced view of his talented, sometimes reckless outfielder. "If you care about Yasiel, you worry about it," Mattingly said.

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The pitcher Minnesota has craved

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07:44 AM ET 04.18 | Lately, it hasn't been a trend for Minnesota to enjoy the best outcome of a baseball scenario. Following the worst three-year span in franchise history, a downturn caused by amateurish starting pitching, they gave the last spot in their rotation this spring to Kyle Gibson. Thursday, Gibson not only pitched eight shutout innings to beat the Blue Jays 7-0, and lower his ERA this season to 0.93, but he did so while displaying dominating stuff. For perhaps the first time since Francisco Liriano lit up the American League in 2006, the Twins have a talented youngster doing a fair impersonation of an ace. The last time a Twin pitched this well at Target Field, Andrew Albers shut out Cleveland in August. The difference: Albers used mediocre stuff and admirable guts to fool hitters en route to signing with a team in Korea.

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Shakeup looms for White Sox

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07:32 AM ET 04.17 | Fifteen walks, the number Chicago issued the Red Sox, isn't going to look very good on a staff's resume -- no matter how long a game lasts. Another gem, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base at least 23 or more times in a game with six or fewer hits. ... So when the relievers gather in the bullpen for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, [Matt Lindstrom] said it will be time for a heart-to-heart. ... "Who will be on hand for that meeting remains to be seen. After a hard work day, the White Sox could end up recalling a pitcher from the minor leagues. That would also mean somebody would be on their way out. "I have full confidence in those guys," said starter John Danks, who walked four batters of his own.

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