Weekend Digest: Miggy's record deal; Abreu released; Dickey to have biopic

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB news from the past week.

Miguel Cabrera signs $292 million extension

The contract adds an additional eight years on top of the two remaining on his current deal for a total of 10 years PLUS two vesting option years at $30 million each. You know what this means? It means Mike Trout is going to be a very, VERY rich man.

EDIT: The Angels just offered Trout "only" $144.5 million for six years.

Buster Olney reports that MLB execs are "appalled" at the deal.

Phillies release Bobby Abreu

Chalk this up in the "Things I saw coming a mile away" column. He had a .404 OBP this spring, but at 40 years old with a declining skill set, he was just too much of a liability.

Neftali Feliz to start the year at Triple-A

Feliz underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and the latest report is that his velocity and command are not what they used to be. He touched the upper 90s in winter ball, but now can hardly reach that. For a guy who was once an overpowering pitcher, this is quite the fall. Joakim Soria will take over the closing duties for Texas.

Yu Darvish scratched from Opening Day start; Scheppers named as starter

Darvish saw the team's spine and back specialist after complaining about neck stiffness last week. No structural damage was found, but the Rangers will play it safe and in all likelihood will start the season with Darvish on the DL. In his stead, 27-year-old Tanner Scheppers, with all of 109 major-league innings under his belt, will take the hill for Texas on Opening Day for his first major-league start.

The rotation is in disarray following the news of Darvish in addition to injuries to Matt Harrison and Derek Holland. Other news out of Texas is that former Brave Tommy Hanson was released. Braves fans saw varying degrees of success with Hanson before the bottom dropped out and he started losing velocity.

R.A. Dickey biopic in the works

The film will be based on Dickey's 2012 memoir Wherever I Wind Up, which chronicled his experiences with sexual abuse and thoughts of suicide. Buzz Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights, is set to write the script.

MLB announces drug program changes

Among the changes are the increased number of random blood and urine tests during the season and stricter penalties for offenders. First-time offenders now receive an 80-game suspension; a second offense merits a full 162-game suspension with loss of salary; a third offense receives a permanent ban. All offenders are ineligible for the playoffs.

I must say, this is much improved and should do a better job of cleaning up the game.

Baseball returns to Montreal, if only briefly

The last Spring Training games for the Mets and Blue Jays were held at the old stomping grounds of the Expos, 10 years after the last MLB game played there. Judging by the turnout seen here, I'd say baseball is still quite popular up north. This was done as part of an effort to coax baseball back to Montreal.

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