No DH in the NL this year
Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players’ association are too complex to be put in place for this season.
Speaking Friday after an owners’ meeting, Manfred felt encouraged the union responded to management’s proposal for a pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for a reliever unless an inning ends.
“Some of these items need to be part of broader discussions that certainly will continue after opening day, and I hope we can focus on some of the issues that need to get resolved quickly in the interim,” Manfred said.
Giants meet with Harper • Bryce Harper and the Giants met in the slugger’s hometown of Las Vegas, and San Francisco baseball operations chief Farhan Zaidi said there was mutual interest.
Zaidi, the club’s new president of baseball operations, would not say whether an offer was extended to the star outfielder. The Giants still hope to add two outfielders.
Indians’ Lindor injured • Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will probably miss the start of the season with a strained right calf.
The Indians anticipate him being out up to nine weeks, with his return sometime in early April.
Tepera, Barraclough lose cases • Relievers Ryan Tepera of Toronto and Kyle Barraclough of Washington lost their arbitration cases, leaving the sides at 3-3 with six possible decisions remaining.
Tepera was awarded $1,525,000 rather than his request for $1.8 million. Barraclough was given $1,725,000 instead of $2 million.
Other news • Righthander Josh Tomlin agreed to a minor league contract with Milwaukee. ... Infielder Danny Espinosa and the New York Mets agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. ... Reliever Daniel Hudson agreed to a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. ... Righthander Ricky Nolasco and lefty Marc Rzepczynski agreed to minor league contracts with Arizona.