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Manny Machado Expected to Sign With a Team Within a Week

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The Manny Machado saga, which has proven that the MLB needs to implement some sort of free agency timetable structure, is apparently going to come to an end soon.

According to Chicago’s 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine, Machado is expected to sign with a team “within a week”.

The Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies have been the teams linked with Machado, with the Yankees considered to be the preferred destination, and the favorite to land Machado.

Levine also said that “momentum is building” in favor of the White Sox, who acquired Machado’s brother in law Yonder Alonso via trade, and inked Jon Jay, who is one of Machado’s closest friends, this offseason.

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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