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Thu Feb 2211:29Orioles look for better pitching after last year's strugglesDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Andrew CashnerSPPadresThe Seals Guys
Miguel CastroFree Agent
Nestor CortesFree Agent
Kevin GausmanRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPRaysFree Agent
Wade MileySPDiamondbacksLas Vegas Giants
Chris TillmanSPOriolesMoneyball
Mike WrightRPOriolesFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles are looking for stronger pitching this year after last season's rocky performance.The starters last season combined for an ERA of 5.70.Three starting pitchers from last year's staff are gone: right-handers Jeremy Hellickson and Ubaldo Jimenez and left-hander Wade Miley. Remaining are right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman, who re-signed with the team Wednesday.Joining Bundy, Gausman and Tillman in the rotation is another right-hander, Andrew Cashner, who signed Feb. 15. Who gets the fifth spot will be the most pressing question in spring training."We were looking for a couple of veteran starting pitchers, and with the signing of Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, there's a couple of proven starters in the American League," said Dan Duquette, the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations.The Orioles would like a left-hander to join the group, but they missed out on several free agents who have signed in the d... [More]
Thu Feb 2211:29Pirates' Taillon 'different person' after cancer surgeryGerrit ColeSPPiratesDodger Blue
A.J. SchugelSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jameson Taillon never allowed himself much time to think about his bout with testicular cancer last season.The Pittsburgh pitcher's focus from nearly the moment he received the diagnosis in early May was to return to the mound as quickly as possible. Just five weeks later, he was activated from the disabled list and pitched five scoreless innings to beat the visiting Colorado Rockies."The best-case scenario is that it happened during the season," Taillon said. "I had my teammates for support, and I had a goal of returning to help the team to serve as a distraction."Taillon stayed busy in the offseason. He played golf with teammates Daniel Hudson and A.J. Schugel in Arizona, attended the Florida-Florida State and Central Florida-South Florida college football games with his brother and went Christmas shopping in New York.However, the winter months also gave Taillon time to stop and ponder the good fortune of recovering so quickly after surgery."I'm a different p... [More]
Wed Feb 2120:19Yankees trade OF Jabari Blash to Angels for player or cashJabari BlashRFMarinersFree Agent
Chase Headley3BYankeesBig Chee
Bryan MitchellRPYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees have traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for either a player to be named or cash.The deal was announced Wednesday.Blash hit .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs last season for San Diego. He batted .285 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs at Triple-A El Paso.The Yankees got the 28-year-old Blash from the Padres in December for third baseman Chase Headley, pitcher Bryan Mitchell and cash.
Wed Feb 2120:19Indians, reliever Carlos Torres have agreement on minor dealBryan ShawRPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos TorresRPMetsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent reliever Carlos Torres, who could fill a bullpen opening.Torres pitched in 67 games last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander will join the Indians in training camp once he passes a physical. The 35-year-old went 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA last season, his second with Milwaukee following three with the New York Mets.Torres has a 4.00 ERA in 348 career major league games with the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Mets and Brewers. He has pitched in at least 59 games in each of the past four seasons.The Indians have at least one spot to fill in their bullpen after right-handers Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith left this winter as free agents. Cleveland has other roster decisions to make this spring that could affect its relief corps.
Wed Feb 2118:09Surprised by trade, Souza take prime role with DiamondbacksNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Anthony BandaFree Agent
Brandon Drury1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Jake Lamb3BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ketel MarteSSMarinersFree Agent
Chris OwingsSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
David PeraltaCF/LF/RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksLas Vegas Giants
Robbie RayRPTigersFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.CFNationalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Surprised to be traded, Steven Souza Jr. heads to Arizona for what promises to be a key role on a Diamondbacks team that expects to be good.The 28-year-old outfielder knew the Tampa Bay Rays were making some big changes but felt assured by management that he still figured in their plans."As much as people were flying off the shelf, it seemed like I was not going to be one of those people," Souza said Wednesday in a conference call from the airport before boarding a plane to Arizona. "It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit. I was definitely preparing for the role that I had there."Souza came to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in a three-team trade that sent infielder Brandon Drury from Arizona to the New York Yankees and left-hander Anthony Banda, a top Arizona pitching prospect, to Tampa Bay.Souza batted just .239, but hit 30 homers, drove in 78 runs and walked 84 times, all three career highs.He will wear the same No. 28 that J.D. Martinez wore in his to... [More]
Wed Feb 2117:29Williams hoping to make a dent in Phillies' lineupAaron AltherrRFPhilliesFree Agent
Jerad EickhoffFree Agent
Odubel HerreraSSRangersFree Agent
Rhys HoskinsFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3B/C/DHIndiansDodger Blue
Nick WilliamsFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has set his sights on gaining a full-time role coming out of spring.He's already made quite an impression on Gabe Kapler — and on the new manager's ride, too.Williams dented Kapler's rental SUV with a home run during batting practice Tuesday and tried to ding his favorite target again Wednesday."The breeze coming in from right field did not stop Nick Williams from destroying the baseball and almost hitting my car for the second straight day," Kapler said.Insurance will surely cover the light damage and Kapler is more than happy to see the 24-year-old hitting with power."If he is destroying cars and it happens to be mine, no problem," Kapler added. "We're going to make it a bull's-eye for him."Williams, a former second-round pick for the Texas Rangers in 2012, showed some signs of what the future holds when he hit .288 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs in 313 at-bats as a rookie last season.Williams spent the offseas... [More]
Wed Feb 2117:09Merrifield went from non-prospect to leading AL in stealsAlcides EscobarSSRoyalsRotoValue
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Nobody saw this coming, not even the Kansas City Royals.Whit Merrifield has gone from an afterthought to the American League stolen base champion. He has gone from more than 2,500 at-bats in the minors to the Kansas City starting second baseman.He began last year with Triple-A Omaha, his eighth straight season to open in the minors. He finished it hitting .288 with 19 home runs, 32 doubles, 78 RBIs and a league-leading 34 stolen bases."The most impressive thing to me about Whit Merrifield is his work ethic and how he has gone from just being an organizational player to a very, very solid major league player," Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday. "I don't think anybody three years ago would have projected Whit to be the player he is today."Everybody thought he'd be a nice utility player in Double-A, a nice utility player in Triple-A. I'm not sure anybody could project him to be anything more just maybe a utility player at the big league level. Maybe. And he's... [More]
Wed Feb 2116:59Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for YankeesMiguel AndujarFree Agent
Sonny GraySPAthleticsFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.The Yankees acquired Drury from Arizona on Tuesday night in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona, but came up through the minors at third."Nothing is going to be given to anybody, but going into the process he's going to have a leg up given the fact that he's had two years of major league experience that he can fall back on plus postseason experience," Yankees general manager Cashman said Wednesday. "I think all those things will serve him well."Prospect Miguel Andujar was a leading candidate at third before the trade for Drury was completed."Andujar is a high-end skilled player that we think is going to have a very long and successful career in the big leagues, and we believe it's going to be here with us," Cashman said. "His hitting abilities are ahead currently of his defensive abilities because he ... [More]
Wed Feb 2116:59Renteria has White Sox feeling confident, working hardNicky DelmonicoFree Agent
Yolmer Sánchez2B/SSWhite SoxFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Even though the Chicago White Sox are relatively early in their rebuilding project, the enthusiasm is very high — even by spring training standards of optimism.Much of that has to do with their man in the dugout.Second-year manager Rick Renteria's attributes — his energy, work ethic and ability to communicate — appear to be a perfect fit for the personalities and talent in the White Sox system."He asks a level of commitment out of them that's similar to what he's providing," general manager Rick Hahn says.At 55, Renteria has built a reputation around baseball as an encouraging, positive coach and manager. He played five seasons in the big leagues, but was a regular in only one — with the expansion 1993 Florida Marlins, batting .255 with two home runs.The White Sox have assembled an impressive group of young players. Some, such as infielder Yoan Moncada and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, have major league experience and are being counted on f... [More]
Wed Feb 2116:49New Cards pitching coach helping Martinez reach next levelLance LynnSPCardinalsThe Seals Guys
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Sixty times last season as Washington's pitching coach, Mike Maddux enjoyed a front-row seat for two of the best pitchers in baseball, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.Now, in his first spring as the Cardinals pitching coach, Maddux sees a young pitcher ready to join upper echelon on starters.It's his job to get Carlos Martinez there."Stuff-wise, he's right on that level," Maddux said. "His ball moves more than I thought. A lot of movement. A ton of movement. And it comes out easy. Good short stroke. I didn't even really realize that."Martinez expected ascension to ace level stumbled amid mixed results last season. His 12 wins tied Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals' team high. Among St. Louis starters, only the now departed Lance Lynn held an ERA lower than Martinez's 3.64 mark.Those 12 wins were his lowest in three years — four fewer than the year prior — and the 11 losses were the most in his career.The 26-year-old Martinez eclipsed the ... [More]
Wed Feb 2114:59Pirates sign free agent OF Michael Saunders to minor dealMichael SaundersCF/LF/RFMarinersFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.The Pirates announced the move Wednesday.The 31-year-old Saunders hit a combined .202 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 73 games for Philadelphia and Toronto last season.Saunders was an AL All-Star in 2016 with the Blue Jays, hitting 24 homers with 57 RBIs while batting .253.Saunders is a career .232 hitter with 81 home runs and 263 RBIs in 775 games with Seattle, the Phillies and Blue Jays.
Wed Feb 2103:49Giants Johnny Cueto takes his fitness to Camelback MountainJohnny CuetoSPRedsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — "Va-mannnn-os!" echoes down from high above the humongous boulders in an area aptly named Echo Canyon."Let's go!"It's Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto shouting as he powers up Camelback Mountain. Far more than just a leisurely hike in the Arizona desert, and hours after his formal day is done at Scottsdale Stadium, this is a bonus workout to boost his fitness and prepare for the grind of another baseball season.In each of his three springs with San Francisco, the exuberant pitcher has picked a rental home near Camelback, on a different side of the idyllic landmark every year to be close to his favorite hiking terrain."I like to be by the mountain and I like to be near the stadium," he explains.As he hits the trail one day last week dressed in all black including a long-sleeve Giants workout shirt, Cueto skips up the initial stairs with his Latin American-influenced Reggaeton music blaring through the large headphones covering his ears. With a hillside of cacti and rocks acr... [More]
Tue Feb 2022:193-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to DiamondbacksNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel AndujarFree Agent
Anthony BandaFree Agent
Jabari BlashRFMarinersFree Agent
Starlin CastroSSCubsFree Agent
Brandon Drury1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Todd Frazier1B/3BRedsTexas BigSticks
Chase Headley3BYankeesBig Chee
Ketel MarteSSMarinersFree Agent
Chris OwingsSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.CFNationalsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsSportsWiseGuy.com
Gleyber TorresFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade Tuesday that included five players plus two to be named later.The deal was announced one day after former Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract with Boston, pending a physical. Arizona has moved quickly to fill that hole in the outfield, signing speedy Jarrod Dyson to a $7.5 million, two-year contract on Monday before trading for Souza.Souza will be the starter at one corner outfield position, with Dyson subbing at all three spots.Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second base, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies.Top pitching prospect Anthony Banda goes from Arizona to the Rays, who also get minor league second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees and two players to be named from the Diamondbacks. Minor league right-ha... [More]
Tue Feb 2019:49Brewers owner Attanasio has eye on ending playoff droughtRyan BraunLF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCF/RFRoyalsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDodgersRotoValue
Christian YelichLFMarlinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says his team has the roster to end the franchise's seven-year postseason drought without having to make another move.The Brewers exceeded expectations last year after finishing a game short of the playoffs — significantly accelerating the rebuilding plan put in place by general manager David Stearns and approved by Attanasio.With outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich joining the team for their first full-squad workouts with Milwaukee, hopes are high in camp that meaningful games will be played again in October."There's a lot of talent in that clubhouse," Attanasio said on Tuesday at the Brewers' spring training complex. "That's the most talent we've had since 2011.""We think this group right here, right now, can make the playoffs," he added.Known earlier during an ownership tenure that started in 2005 for being too aggressive at times on deals that turned sour, Attanasio has trusted in Stearns.The additions of Cain and ... [More]
Tue Feb 2019:49Nationals 2B Murphy not sure he'll be ready for opening dayAdam EatonCF/LFWhite SoxFree Agent
Daniel Murphy2BMetsBig Poison
Justin Turner3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy isn't sure his surgically repaired right knee will be ready in time for opening day.Murphy underwent an operation to repair cartilage shortly after last season, a procedure than included micro-fracture surgery."I'm excited about the progress," he said. "The work has been good."When the knee began bothering him in August, Murphy attributed the issues to normal late-season aches and pains.That changed during the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs when his knee buckled once while he was swinging and another time when he fielded a practice grounder between innings."I was like, this may be a little bit more significant than I thought," said Murphy, who can become a free agent after this season.Doctors told him recovery time would be four to six months, and the 32-year-old Murphy already has full range of motion in his knee. Now he's working on strengthening the knee.Murphy ran on the treadmill Tuesday ... [More]
Tue Feb 2016:58Angels call on Kinsler for offensive punch at 2nd baseKaleb Cowart3BAngelsFree Agent
Zack CozartSSRedsTexas BigSticks
Ian Kinsler2BTigersBig Poison
Cliff Pennington2B/SSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Phillips2BRedsMoneyball
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsDodger Blue
Matt ShoemakerRP/SPAngelsFree Agent
Andrelton SimmonsSSBravesJetBlack
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are trying to fill a hole at second base that's dragged down their offense the past couple of years.Enter Ian Kinsler.Kinsler is part of a revamped Angels' infield that will include Zack Cozart, an All-Star last year in Cincinnati, at third base while usual designated hitter Albert Pujols is expected to get more time in the field at first base.The Angels' second base position has been one of the least productive in baseball the past two years.In 2016, the Angels went with Johnny Giavotella and Cliff Pennington; the pair combined for a minus-1.6 WAR, among the worst in baseball.In 2017, the Angels went with slick-fielding Danny Espinosa at second. But he hit just .162 in 77 games and had 91 strikeouts in 228 at-bats. They also tried Pennington and Kaleb Cowart.The position produced such miniscule combined numbers as a .206 average, 14 homers and a .274 OBP. They acquired veteran Brandon Phillips late to try to push them to a wild-card spot bu... [More]
Tue Feb 2016:48Move to right field suits Tigers, CastellanosJeimer Candelario3BCubsFree Agent
Nick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Daniel NorrisSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Justin UptonLF/RFBravesOld Hoss
Alex WilsonRPRed SoxFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos went into his fifth major league season as an established third baseman. He came out of it as the Detroit Tigers' right fielder."Because of all the trades and the way the team was going, and building for the future and acquiring other infielders, it's kind of the way it worked," he said Tuesday. "I'll do whatever they need me to do. Right now they've asked me to go out there and catch flyballs so that's what I'm doing."Castellanos was most of the way through his fourth season as Detroit's third baseman when the Tigers made a series of moves that prompted his shift."People came up to me and talked about it, but I also brought it up myself just because I saw how everything was happening," he said. "If you work, what happens if your boss was like: 'Hey, we need you to go over here; that's going to benefit the company.' Same thing."Some players might be hesitant to make such a drastic change in the middle of their careers."He's not in the middle... [More]
Tue Feb 2016:39Welcome, JD: Red Sox not worried about making room in lineupMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Jackie Bradley Jr.CFRed SoxFree Agent
Bryce BrentzRFRed SoxFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1B/DHRangersOld Hoss
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsSportsWiseGuy.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox didn't commit $110 million for J.D. Martinez to be a part-timer.When he lands in the middle of the order, some of the everyday hitters will have to get used to fewer at-bats each week. New manager Alex Cora must navigate the complexities of lineup construction and defensive arrangements while watching for streaks and slumps and maintaining a harmonious and engaged clubhouse.Ah, what good problems to have. The Red Sox were more than ready for the arrival of Martinez and his 45 home runs in 119 games last season, no matter the minor complications of making room for him."He's definitely a force," first baseman Mitch Moreland said, "and it's good to have him on our side."After reaching a long-awaited five-year agreement with Martinez on Monday afternoon, the Red Sox took the field on Tuesday morning under picturesque blue skies with the temperature surging into the high 80s. The atmosphere at the beginning of spring training is always sunny, of ... [More]
Tue Feb 2015:18Red Sox trade minor league slugger Brentz to PiratesBryce BrentzRFRed SoxFree Agent
Nick BurdiFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.The teams made the deal Tuesday.Brentz played a total of 34 games for Boston in 2014 and 2016, hitting .287 with one home run and nine RBIs. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting 31 homers with 85 RBIs.The 29-year-old Brentz won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby last July, and has 127 career homers in the minors.Pittsburgh put right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi on the 60-day disabled list to make roster room for Brentz.
Tue Feb 2013:19Orioles' Beckham making move from shortstop to third baseTim BeckhamSSRaysFree Agent
Manny Machado3BOriolesSportsWiseGuy.com
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — When the Baltimore Orioles acquired Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays last July 31, they hoped that he would be the successor to J.J. Hardy at shortstop.Beckham had an impressive August for the team, hitting .394 with 50 hits in 29 games. His September wasn't as good when he hit .180.After the Orioles decided not to trade Manny Machado, they made a decision that impacted Beckham. They'll move Machado, who could become a free agent after this season from third base to shortstop while putting Beckham at third base.The 28-year-old Beckham, who was the overall first draft pick in 2008, has started just five games at third base in his four-year major league career.Beckham is in the early days of his transition, but after Machado arrived on Saturday, infield coach Bobby Dickerson hit several dozen balls to third. Beckham booted just one of them."I've just been doing drills right now and working on our footwork over at third," Beckham said. "Whatever's going to surpr... [More]
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