2/8 roundup

A handful of players and clubs avoided arbitration on Saturday, while the Dodgers added a pitcher on the same day their pitchers and catchers reported to Camelback Ranch in Arizona.

Los Angeles agreed to a one-year, $1.5-million contract, plus incentives, with left-hander Paul Maholm.

The official announcement came eight hours after Maholm appeared in the Dodgers clubhouse in Spring Training.

Other news and notes from Saturday:

AL East

  • Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is expected to meet with the media Tuesday in New York.
  • The Rays held a youth clinic on Saturday.

AL Central

  • The Indians won their arbitration case with reliever Vinnie Pestano. He’ll make make $975,000 this season.

AL West

NL East

  • Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who had surgery last October, hopes to begin throwing this month.

NL Central

  • The Cubs and right-hander Jeff Samardzija agreed to a one-year, $5.345-million deal, avoiding arbitration.

NL West

  • Padres starter Andrew Cashner will make $2.4 million this season after winning his arbitration case.
  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed an array of topics, including outfielder Matt Kemp, on the first day of Spring Training.
  • Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley feels like he has a new arm.
  • Arizona players say they’re happy with the right-hander Bronson Arroyo, within this notebook.
  • Padres right-hander Josh Johnson says he received some positive feedback from a college coach, within this notebook.
  • The D-backs donated $700,000 to local youth and Little League ballplayers.


– Cash Kruth

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