Breakfast Links: Didi Gregorius, Alex Gonzalez, Starling Marte, Alex Colome

The Pirates look to the future at short and in left, while the Braves switch-up their starting pitching depth option.

Pirates, Diamondbacks discussing Didi Gregorius trade

If the pirates want an upgrade from Jody Mercer at short, they should have the pitching to bring in Gregorius

Orioles, Tigers swap Alex Gonzalez for Steve Lombardozzi

The Tigers probably won't be in the running for Gregorius now that they have acquired Gonzalez.

Pirates, Starling Marte discussing extension

Pittsburgh is also working to lock up their talented young left fielder with a long-term deal. With Andrew McCutchen in center, Marte in left and top prospect Gregory Polanco expected to take over in right in the near future, the pirates should feature one of the best outfields in the game for years to come and signing Marte now would help keep that talented group together as long as possible.

Travis Ishikawa has 'good chance' at roster spot

The pirates are also getting close to a solution at first base. It appears Ishikawa will platoon with incumbent Gaby Sanchez.

MLB suspends Alex Colome for 50 games

Colome appears to have tested positive for Boldenone, a steroid originally created for horses.

Braves release Freddy Garcia

Despite a number of injuries plaguing their rotation, the Braves have decided the 37-year-old is not the solution

Braves sign Aaron Harang

Instead, they will go with the 36-year-old Harang, who lost out on a roster spot with the Indians this spring.

Scott Baker opts out of deal with Mariners

Baker's numbers haven't been great this spring, but his arm hasn't fallen off either, so another team will probably take a chance on him soon enough.

White Sox sign Jose Quintana to 5-year extension

Chicago has locked up their young lefty for the next five years. The deal is noteworthy for it's complicated structure. The total amount will change if the 25-year-old lefty qualifies for arbitration this season.

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