MLB In Full Bloom 3/31/2014 - OPENING DAY EDITION!

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0 - Days Until Opening Day!

Opening Day should be a National Holiday in my book! But, since I am fortunate to have the greatest job as the co-host of Buehler's Day Off it is my job to watch the games! Opening Day is an exciting day for so many reasons, but the word that is most often thrown around is hope. Every fan base has hope on Opening Day that this is the year their team will win it all. For Cubs fans, that hope won't last very long and soon we'll be saying "Wait til next year". But, not today - it's Opening Day and it is one of the best days of the year!

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a six-year $144 contract extension over the weekend. An extension has been discussed for awhile and the two sides finally came together on this one. The deal also includes a no trade clause, which for a player at 22-years old is not common. This was uncharted waters for the Angels, but they certainly did the right thing to lock up Trout for as long as possible. Trout's average annual average salary as a result of the deal is nearly $24.1 million. He'll be eligible for free agency when he is 29, so expect another huge payout coming his way.
  • Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers agreed to an eight-year extension $292 contract extension over the weekend. The exact value of the contract is vague, but Cabrera's extension will be tacked onto the two years remaining on his current deal, so he will receive the $292 million over the next 10 years -- the largest sum ever handed to an MLB player. While the contract is certainly staggering, Cabrera earned it by winning each of the last two AL MVP awards.
  • Clayton Kershaw (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with upper back inflammation. Kershaw is maintaining a consistent 5-day workout regimen while he is out with the injury. There remains no clear timetable for how long the Dodgers star southpaw will be on the shelf, but the team doesn't want to rush him back and risk further aggravation. This is the first time in Kershaw's career that he has been placed on the disabled list.
  • Seth Smith blasted a game-tying home run in the eighth inning on Sunday as the Padres came back to earn a 3-1 season-opening victory over the Dodgers. Smith is expected to see regular playing time in the Padres' outfield against right-handed pitching this season, and could be worth picking up in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed formats.
  • Shane Victorino (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The move is retroactive to March 30th. While Victorino is out, Jackie Bradley has been added to the Opening Day roster in a corresponding move and will get some playing time. Grady Sizemore is starting in center field today and will split time with Bradley.
  • J.P. Arencibia will get the bulk of playing time at catcher for the Rangers for the first three months of the season while Geovany Soto recovers from knee surgery. He could be a sneaky fantasy pick in AL-Only formats and deep mixed leagues.
  • Yu Darvish (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with neck stiffness. The move is retroactive to March 21st  and the good news is that he threw a 32-pitch bullpen session Sunday without any issues. He will throw another bullpen session Tuesday. Darvish will be eligible to rejoin the Rangers' rotation next weekend, and it sounds like there's a chance he'll be ready at that time.