Morning reading: Get well wishes for Aroldis Chapman
- By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the scary injury to Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. The Reds are inviting fans to sign a virtual “get well” card on their Facebook page, and as of last night over 6,000 had. Fans who want to send regular get well cards can mail them to: Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
- New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese is likely to start the year on the disabled list. Dillon Gee is expected to make the Opening Day start in his place, though Terry Collins is also considering Bartolo Colon for the honor.
- Houston Astros prospect George Springer turned down a seven-year, $23 million contract offer extended by the team before he ever played an inning in the majors, according to FOX Sports columnist Ken Rosenthal. That detail came out in a larger piece about Major League Baseball’s current arbitration and free agency system discouraging teams from giving their top prospects a fair chance to make the Opening Day roster.
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