Third baseman Kris Bryant was reassigned by the Chicago Cubs to their minor league camp on Monday despite an outstanding spring training at the plate, triggering a threat of litigation from the players' association. Bryant hit .425 in the exhibition season with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats. If the 23-year-old spends 12 or more days in the minor leagues, Chicago would delay him from becoming eligible for free agency by one year, until after the 2021 season, according to baseball's collective bargaining agreement. ''Today is a bad day for baseball,'' the Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander will miss his scheduled spring training start Thursday but hopes to take his first scheduled regular-season turn for the Detroit Tigers on April 8 against Minnesota.
Despite some poor spring training outings, Alfredo Simon says he was never worried. ''I feel better today,'' Simon said Monday after allowing one run in six innings in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. After leaving the ball up earlier in spring training, he was pleased with his location. ''Simon threw well,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
The New York Mets made two trades Monday to bolster a bullpen lacking in left-handers, acquiring Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres and Jerry Blevins from the Washington Nationals. The Mets sent minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named to the Padres and outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in deals made just hours apart.
Michael Cuddyer hit his sixth home run this spring and Lucas Duda homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Monday. He added a three-run double in the sixth and Cuddyer, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, followed with his home run. Duda missed the Mets' first 11 exhibition games because of a strained intercostal muscle. Marlins starter Dan Haren gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings.