Pirates News - Spring Training Notebook: Mitch Keller's big day leads Thursday's headlines

While it was a generally quiet day, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a big splash on Thursday by signing top of the line starter Mitch Keller to a long-term extension.

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In the National League East, the Miami Marlins agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with shortstop Tim Anderson per ESPN's Jesse Rogers. Anderson is expected to be the Marlins everyday shortstop in 2024. The 30-year old Anderson is coming off a down year in which he hit .245/.286/.296 with one home run and 25 RBI. In the four seasons prior to last year, Anderson hit .322/.349/.495 with a 125 OPS+ across 295 games.

Could the Marlins signing Anderson indicate any possibility of a rumored trade between the Fish and Bucs surrounding starting pitcher Edward Cabrera now being zero? It certainly seems reasonable considering the rumor was a middle infielder being the center of a possible return for Miami.

The Detroit Tigers added depth to their infield by signing Gio Urshela to a one year deal. The Tigers will be his fourth team in four years and the sixth of his career as he enters his ninth year in Major League Baseball. Last season, Urshela hit .299/.329/.374 in 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels with two home runs in 24 at-bats.

To build off yesterday's reports that New York Met ace Kodai Senga was feeling some arm fatigue, the Mets announced on Thursday that the Japanese right hander will open the season in the injured list after being diagnosed with a moderate posterior capsule strain. The Mets currently list him as out indefinitely.

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