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Yankees, Mets, Red Sox among Hanrahan hopefuls

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07:48 AM ET 04.18 | Go figure: Multiple teams are interested in a hard-throwing bullpen arm who's now available. Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be surprised if there's quite a bit of competition for the two-time All-Star. Scouts there say Hanrahan looked fit and healthy, and pitched at 87-93 mph, putting him possibly ahead of schedule for someone 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery. The Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Royals, Rockies and Indians are among the teams scouting Hanrahan, but that's only a fraction of those there to see the hard-throwing right-hander. Boston is an interesting entry in that Hanrahan was pitching for them when he went down with the elbow issue that led to the surgery.

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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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