As Spring Training officially begins, the performance of NCAA Football star Jameis Winston was on display in an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and Florida State Seminoles earlier today. Winston, after entering the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement, had a groundout and strikeout in two at-bats on the day. Winston commented after the game saying, ”I’m just 20 years old, man, living my life, and I want to play both [football and baseball] as long as I can. Like I said, it’s just me having fun with those guys in the clubhouse. I love both of them, I got a strong passion for both.” Now here is some more news from around the MLB today:
- C.J. Wilson was carted off the field today after being hit on the side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Yorvit Torrealba. While it was a scary moment for Los Angeles Angels fans and players, Wilson did not suffer a concussion on the play and made sure to confirm it himself via twitter. Wilson’s injury, however, was not the only one of the day as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that 32-year-old, outfielder Josh Hamilton also left practice today with a strained calf. Hamilton reportedly will be on crutches for the next few days and re-evaluated later this week.
- George A. King III of the New York Post reports that seven teams, three of which were the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Minnesota Twins, watched Johan Santana throw earlier today. Santana, as he continues to recover from a second shoulder surgery, flashed an impressive change-up, but saw his fastball top out at just 81 MPH. The throwing session marks a major milestone for Santana as he moves closer towards his goal of a mid-season return.
- The Tampa Rays have joined the New York Mets as a potential fit for Nick Franklin reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. After getting confirmation yesterday that the Mets are interested in acquiring Franklin, the Rays are said to be contemplating possible deal structures. Further details of a possible deal are not known at this time, although one may speculate David Price could potentially play a large role in trade talks after the Seattle Mariners expressed a great deal of interest in him earlier this offseason.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, in a recent article, says Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels continue to talk with the magic number being $150 million. The first report of a potential deal in the range of six-years, $150 million came up two days ago, but since then, there has been no indication whatsoever of how far the two sides may be apart on a deal.