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  • May 2, 2018 11:35 PM EDT
    KANSAS CITY – Marcus Stromans major league debut may come sooner rather than later. [b]Federico Fernandez Jersey[/b] . But it will not be on the current road trip. Encouraged by Dustin McGowans start on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, manager John Gibbons will hand him the ball again on Sunday in Pittsburgh and go with left-hander J.A. Happ on Monday in Philadelphia. "Well see where that takes us," said Gibbons. McGowan pitched into the seventh inning on Tuesday for just the second time this season. His spot in the rotation is vulnerable, with Gibbons on repeated occasions saying how much he values McGowan out of the bullpen. Happ, entering Thursdays series finale with the Royals, hadnt pitched in more than a week, a 2 2/3 inning performance against the Baltimore Orioles on April 23. He entered spring training with a spot in the rotation but posted a 20.57 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances and missed time with inflammation in his back. His performance forced the Blue Jays to seek alternatives. Stroman, who turned 23 on Thursday, is coming off a 10-strikeout, one-walk, no-hit performance over six innings for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night. Along with Aaron Sanchez, he is considered a top pitching prospect and some in the organization believe he is major league-ready. GOSE RETURNS When the Blue Jays acquired Anthony Gose from the Astros on July 29, 2010, he was a hot prospect less than two weeks shy of his 20th birthday. Now, almost four years later, Gose is up for a second time this season and has been on the option train for a couple of seasons. Hes up when the Blue Jays need him and back in Buffalo when they dont. "Hes got to play and be productive," said Gibbons. "Its like anybody else. When it comes down to the big leagues its about production. Theres no secrets; you can hope guys are going to do something but eventually its all about production. Thats why its so hard to make it in the big leagues and stay for any length of time. Thats why guys come and go, bounce up and down. Big part of it is opportunity but when you get it youve got to take advantage of it." In 19 games with the Bisons, Gose is hitting .235/.350/.309. Hes walking at a higher clip than usual with 12 free passes in 81 plate appearances (14.8 per cent). "I think it was too cold for me to swing," Gose joked. "I wasnt trying to do anything different. I wasnt working on anything. I just walked a little bit more earlier on." He admits its difficult to get into a groove early in the International League season because of the weather. Games are often rained out; sometimes games are snowed out. "I think this year was much colder and a lot longer than last year, especially in other cities also," said Gose. "I dont know if its going to warm up. Its been freezing. I got here and its freezing too. Everywhere Im playing baseball its cold." ROSTER MOVES To accommodate the recall of Gose, the Blue Jays optioned infielder Jonathan Diaz to Triple-A Buffalo. Toronto also purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Steve Tolleson. To make room for Tolleson on the 40-man roster, outfielder Moises Sierra was designated for assignment. The moves give the Blue Jays additional depth in the absence of Melky Cabrera, who was hit by a pitch on his left shin in Wednesday nights game and is listed as day-to-day. HIGH PRAISE FOR BAUTISTA Pointing out that Jose Bautista is good at baseball is a waste of everyones time. Nobodys splitting the atom with such an observation. Through the first month of the season, Bautista is baseballs leader in on-base percentage (.465) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.065). His eight home runs prorate to a total of 48 over a 162-game schedule. Defensively, Bautista has one outfield assist and has come close on a couple of other occasions. His arm is feared by opposition baserunners. What arent so obvious to the viewing public are Bautistas contributions to game preparation. "Hes helped me out more than you can imagine, more than I ever imagined (he would)," said first-year outfield coach Tim Leiper. "When Im out there its like having another coach out there because number one, hes been in the league, hes seen everybody, he has great recall and he knows the game situations." When Bautista shifts to centerfield, which has happened in four games so far this season, Leiper jokes that his work day ends. Bautista takes charge and knows where he wants himself and his corner outfielders to be on each pitch. "From day one in spring training every fungo, every drill, 100-percent fundamentally correct every single time," said Leiper. "You watch him in the game, hes into every pitch, he doesnt take pitches off. Theres a reason why hes good at everything he does. Hes intelligent and hes into it. Hes as professional a guy as Ive ever been around." 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[b]Javier Mascherano Jersey[/b] .Y. -- Cory Schneider has to make the most of his opportunities to guard the New Jersey Devils net to earn more playing time.SAN DIEGO - Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.Im not sure Kershaw is relevant, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings, because hes not a free agent.Jon Lester became the first top-level, free-agent starting pitcher to reach an agreement this off-season, a $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs that came together late Tuesday night and still must be finalized.Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid $144 million from 2015-20. Kershaw has the largest contract for a pitcher in total dollars and has the sports highest average salary at $30.7 million.The prominent pitchers that have signed, (Justin) Verlander or (Felix) Hernandez or Kershaw, were not free-agent players, Boras said. And certainly if you put a performance like Kershaw into a free-agent market, youre going to get a much, much different calibration of value.Scherzers negotiations figure to stretch on for weeks or even into next year.But other players were on the move or close to switching teams.The Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseballs top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.Philadelphia started retooling by shipping left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez. Boston was discussing a deal to obtain left-hander Wade Miley from Arizona.Among free agents, Houston agreed to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handed relievers were subject to physicals. [b]Nicolas Otamendi Jersey[/b]. And the Chicago White Sox finalized a $46 million, four-year contract with closer David Robertson after signing first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Zach Duke, and acquiring pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a trade with Oakland.I love what Rick Hahn has been doing this off-season, Robertson said of Chicagos general manager. I feel like hes building a good squad thats really going to be a competitor next year, and Im hoping that we end up back in the playoffs.Lesters deal could open up the marketplace for other free agents and for top pitchers who may be available in trades, such as Philadelphias Cole Hamels, Detroits David Price, Cincinnatis Johnny Cueto and Washingtons Jordan Zimmermann.That pitching market is going to move fast, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.Lester helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and 13. Boston made a $70 million, four-year offer during spring training, and after the Red Sox couldnt reach an agreement on a new deal in July, they traded him to Oakland. Boston fell about $20 million short with its offer this week.I think we would have liked to have had more chance for dialogue prior to the season, Red Sox general manager Ben said. Why that didnt happen, maybe theres more than one reason. I think we can certainly learn from the process.San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers also had sought the left-hander.I think it raises the bar on all pitching, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. Heretofore, theres been a lot of conversation about how valuable offence could be and, of course, we got (Giancarlo) Stanton, we got the big $300 million-plus contract. But right behind that, the next-highest is Lester. So I think it re-establishes the notion that pitching is still at a premium and highly desirable and costly.While some teams were making progress toward the moves they wanted, others preferred to be patient. Spring training is more than two months away.Were in San Diego. Ill use a surfing analogy, Cashman said. If we see the right wave, well get on the board and ride it. But otherwise, well just sit and wait for the next wave to come.___AP Sports Writer Howie Rumberg contributed to this report. 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