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Out-of-work Morales turned down $30M in Seattle

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07:28 AM ET 04.17 | Already, fans in Seattle are restless. The Mariners were shut out Sunday and shut down during three losses in the prior four games when they scored a run total. Seven runs in Texas on Monday night quelled some of the angst. Yet, a question was often repeated: What about Kendrys Morales? Morales is a free agent still available after spending last season mostly as an effective designated hitter for Seattle. ... Despite multiple attempts by the club to re-sign Morales, he's not part of the Mariners. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik fielded questions at the end of a meet-and-greet with season-ticket holders on opening night at Safeco Field. He was asked about Morales and said the Mariners had offered him a three-year, $30 million contract, which was declined.

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Josh Johnson may need Tommy John surgery (again)

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07:36 AM ET 04.16 | Is Tommy John surgery about to claim yet another victim in 2014? San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson's injured elbow isn't getting any better, and the organization is increasingly concerned he will need Tommy John surgery, the latest blow in his injury-plagued career, club sources told Yahoo Sports. Johnson will visit Dr. James Andrews this week for a second opinion. It would be Johnson's second Tommy John surgery as well as his second elbow surgery within the six months, after he had bone spurs removed in the offseason. While Johnson could try to rehab the injury, attempts to do so since spring training have failed, and rarely do second opinions lead to suggestions against surgery. The Padres signed Johnson to a one-year, $8 million deal over the winter in hopes he would rediscover his dominant self.

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Puig, Mattingly mum on 'other stuff'

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07:35 AM ET 04.16 | On Tuesday night in San Francisco, Yasiel Puig chose to sit facing his locker and listen to his headphones while staring at his phone. He never looked up. Roman Barinas, the Dodgers' manager of international scouting, stood next to him. "He's probably not going to talk," Barinas said. And he didn't. ... Before the Dodgers' game against San Francisco Giants on Tuesday at AT&T Park, it was evident Manager Don Mattingly also didn't want to address the Los Angeles Magazine article detailing Puig's escape from Cuba. According to the story, Puig subsequently received death threats from human traffickers under the control of a Mexican drug cartel. ... Asked he found the "other stuff" scary, Mattingly replied, "Again, I haven't read it. I've just heard little tidbits."

Los Angeles Times

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What's wrong with Wandy Rodriguez?

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07:35 AM ET 04.16 | Pirates fans can hope this is merely a small hurdle. Wandy Rodriguez has hit a speed bump. Not only is the left-hander's performance down, having allowed five home runs in 16 innings en route to a 7.31 ERA through three starts, but his velocity also has declined from his 2013 level and career average. Rodriguez again missed with location in the center of the strike zone Monday, allowing three two-run home runs. But he also has less margin of error because his velocity is down almost 2 mph. ... Is the drop tied to cool weather, not being at midseason arm strength or a sign of declining skills? "You can go with any one of those because that's kind of where we are," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't run to answer right away just because I've seen three outings."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Baseball's top 2015 free agent

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07:34 AM ET 04.16 | It's early, of course, but there are free-agents-to-be with a lot riding on a long and productive year. For now, here's the first entry in our 2015 Free Agent Power Rankings series. 1. Hanley Ramirez. Fragile or not, there's no debating that when Ramirez is on the field, he's one of the best-hitting shortstops of this generation. ... [Ramirez] is said to be in extension talks with the Dodgers. However, while many thought a deal would get done in Spring Training, it's been eerily quiet. Big spenders with potential needs at shortstop and/or third base next season (in addition to the Dodgers) include the Yankees, Mets, and Angels. Depending upon how injuries, prospect development, and strategic considerations pan out, the Tigers and Red Sox could hypothetically also have interest.

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