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Update: CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Braves have agreed to terms with first baseman Freddie Freeman on a contract extension. Freeman had been eligible for arbitration.

Eight years and $125 million are the numbers being tossed about. When the contract runs out, if the eight years is accurate, Freeman will still be young enough to get another big deal (he'll be 31). Freeman, one of the best young hitters in the game, a string of .300-25-100 seasons could certainly be on the horizon for Freeman.ANALYST: Ray Flowers

John Wall said he got two opinions on his hand/wrist just to make sure everything is ok.

Wall injured his wrist Sunday and was dealing with significant swelling in the hand and thumb. It's subsided somewhat, but not in full, but Wall isn't going to let that stop him from playing in Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant on the hiring of Billy Donovan, but not Russell Westbrook. This has Westbrook upset with organization.

Westbrook was the dominant force driving the bus this season, but we all know this is Durant's team. Hopefully ego won't tear up the foundation of what could a a championship caliber team next season, but they're going to have to do something to appease Westbrook and make him feel loved. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rougned Odor is a candidate to be demoted.

He's currently slashing .146/.263/.244 with a 21-percent strikeout rate and a 50-percent ground ball rate. There hasn't been a point at all where it even looked like he was going to work himself out of this slump, so the Rangers are going to have to take a hard look at what they have, which isn't much. If you've been saddled with him in AL-only play, we hope you've already found at least a viable placeholder. Analysis: Howard Bender

Christian Yelich (back) will likely be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Yelich started his rehab assignment Sunday at High-A Jupiter and the original word had him ready to return Thursday. There's been no report of a setback at all, but it now appears that Friday is the target date. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joe Blanton has a May 15 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Royals.

It's pretty routine for a veteran on a minor league deal. If the Royals don't promote Blanton, he can opt out and sign with another team. Whether any other team is willing to give Blanton a big-league deal, though, remains to be seen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said on a radio interview "it’s fair to say" Josh McCown is the favorite to start entering training camp.

Whether it's McCown or Johnny Manziel is probably irrelevant as this team is still in shambles no matter who plays the part of the rudder. Obviously the team's goal is to have Manziel be their quarterback of the future, but he obviously still has much to learn. McCown is more than capable of driving this team to a last-place finish and with such a limited group of offensive weapons, won't be a useful asset, not even in two-quarterback leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Brewers have made it clear to other teams assessing possible trade options. They are not willing to deal catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

It's like the body isn't even cold yet and the league is looking to already harvest the Brewers' organs. With Milwaukee struggling as much as they are and now dealing with a coaching change, other teams looking to add a piece here and there are naturally kicking the tires. The Brewers may have even spread the word a little, but obviously Lucroy will not be dealt. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Nationals will promote top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to High-A Potomac this week.

Giolito already dominated at Low-A, so now that extended spring training has come to an end, they'll move him to High-A and begin his regular season. It's unlikely he ascends too quickly, but the Nationals could be aggressive with his development if he doesn't look like he's being challenged on a regular basis. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bruce Chen and Shaun Marcum are the two candidates to be promoted by the Indians from Triple-A Columbus to replace T.J. House in the rotation.

Now that's a whole lot of veteran ugliness to land in the rotation as neither Chen nor Marcum are going to be worth using in mixed league play. You might even be hard-pressed to use either of them in AL-only leagues. Chen has a 1.74 ERA through 31 innings at Triple-A while Marcum made a five inning relief appearance and owns a 1.80 ERA. Whichever way the Tribe goes, you simply don't want to be a part of it. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jerry Sands accepted his assignment, and will report to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.

With the return of Nick Swisher, Sands is no longer needed as the fourth outfielder. He likes the situation in Cleveland and won't make a fuss about being a veteran on the bus back and forth to the minors. He'll be back up soon enough. Analysis: Howard Bender

Nationals pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez is expected to join High-A Potomac this week.

Lopez has been dominant in Single-A going, 4-1 with a 1.33 ERA and 0.803 WHIP. He is not striking out a high amount of guys, but has been effect in keeping them off the bases. Lopez is only 20 years-old so don't expect him in a National uniform anytime soon. Analysis: Rob Trayah

General Manager Sandy Alderson said top pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz, both thriving with Triple-A Las Vegas, could be up for a spot start over the next few weeks, but there are no plans to promote either at the moment.

Syndergaard is the prized position of the Mets, after not being moved for Troy Tulowitzki or even being mentioned in the off-season. His move to New York has been long awaited so Mets' fans are excited to hear that this might be a possibility in the near future.  Analysis: Rob Trayah

Alabama prosecutors are dismissing charges against NFL linebacker Rolando McClain stemming from his arrest in a park in his hometown in 2013.

McClain was convicted on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in city court last year and appealed to state court for another trial. The case was set for trial May 18 when prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the charges. No reason is given in court documents. Perhaps teams will take some interest in the free agent now. Analysis: Howard Bender

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