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Wed Feb 2120:19Yankees trade OF Jabari Blash to Angels for player or cashJabari BlashRFYankeesFree Agent
Chase Headley1B/3BPadresFree Agent
Bryan MitchellSPPadresFree 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 ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Carlos TorresRPBrewersFree 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 BandaSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Drury2B/3B/LF/PH/RFDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksDodger Blue
Jake Lamb3BDiamondbacksBig Chee
Ketel MarteSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Chris Owings2B/CF/RF/SSDiamondbacksThe Seals Guys
David PeraltaLF/RFDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Robbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree 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 AltherrLF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Jerad EickhoffSPPhilliesJetBlack
Odubel HerreraCFPhilliesBig Chee
Rhys Hoskins1B/LFPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/DHPhilliesSportsWiseGuy.com
Nick WilliamsLF/RFPhilliesFree 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 EscobarSSRoyalsBig Chee
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 Andujar3BYankeesFree Agent
Luis CessaSPYankeesFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BYankeesJetBlack
Sonny GraySPYankeesFree Agent
Chase Headley1B/3BPadresFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree 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 Delmonico1B/LFWhite SoxFree Agent
Lucas GiolitoSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Eloy JimenezRFWhite SoxFree Agent
Yoan Moncada2BWhite SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxLas Vegas Giants
Yolmer Sánchez2B/3BWhite 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 LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsOld Hoss
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 2116:19OF Colby Rasmus returns to baseball, signs with OriolesColby RasmusCF/LFRaysFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Colby Rasmus has decided to return to baseball after walking away last summer, and has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.Rasmus was in camp Wednesday to finish up his physical. He got an invitation to big league spring training.The 31-year-old Rasmus was with Tampa Bay in mid-July when the Rays said he was going to "step away from baseball." Neither the team nor Rasmus offered an explanation, though he had been slowed by hip trouble.Rasmus was hitting .281 with nine home runs and 23 RBIs in 37 games for the Rays when he left. He has hit 165 home runs and batted .242 in nine seasons with St. Louis, Toronto, Houston and Tampa Bay. He has hit more than 20 home runs in a season four times in his career.The left-handed hitting Rasmus is expected to compete with Alex Presley, another left-handed hitting outfielder, for a spot on the Orioles.Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said in a text that "Rasmus is a proven veteran player in the AL East, who is a versatile outfielder with good power and speed to make a meaningful contribution."
Wed Feb 2115:49Span back home with Rays, but for how long?Christian Arroyo3B/SSRaysFree Agent
Alex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
Corey DickersonDH/LFRaysLas Vegas Giants
Torii HunterFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Jake OdorizziSPRaysBig Chee
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree Agent
Denard SpanCFRaysBig Chee
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Denard Span concedes he's hesitant to get comfortable with the idea of playing for his hometown team.The Tampa Bay Rays acquired the veteran outfielder this winter, but are trimming payroll and building for the future.That leaves the 33-year-old Span, who's due to make $11 million this summer, uncertain what uniform he'll be wearing on opening day."I'm excited for the opportunity. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I can't control that," said Span, acquired along with infielder Christian Arroyo and two minor leaguers in a trade that sent Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants.A native of Washington, D.C., Span moved to Tampa when he was 3 years old. He's maintained his offseason home in Florida throughout a 10-year major league career that includes stints with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals."It's really surreal to be able to put this uniform on and live in my own house and stay in my own bed. I drive familiar streets that I've driven... [More]
Wed Feb 2114:19Nats announce 1-year deal with Benoit, put Ross on 60-day DLJoe RossSPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Wed Feb 2110:59Orioles bring back Chris Tillman to rotationJaycob BrugmanCFOriolesFree Agent
Dylan BundyRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPOriolesThe Seals Guys
Chris TillmanSPOriolesLas Vegas Giants
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Chris Tillman to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes performance bonuses.Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He is the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.Tillman likely will join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.To make room for Tillman on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated outfielder Jaycob Brugman for assignment.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Tue Feb 2022:193-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to DiamondbacksNick AhmedSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel Andujar3BYankeesFree Agent
Anthony BandaSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Jabari BlashRFYankeesFree Agent
Starlin Castro2BMarlinsLas Vegas Giants
Brandon Drury2B/3B/LF/PH/RFDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Todd Frazier3BYankeesJetBlack
Chase Headley1B/3BPadresFree Agent
Ketel MarteSSDiamondbacksFree Agent
Chris Owings2B/CF/RF/SSDiamondbacksThe Seals Guys
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree 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 2021:093-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to DiamondbacksMiguel Andujar3BYankeesFree Agent
Anthony BandaSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Jabari BlashRFYankeesFree Agent
Starlin Castro2BMarlinsLas Vegas Giants
Brandon Drury2B/3B/LF/PH/RFDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Todd Frazier3BYankeesJetBlack
Chase Headley1B/3BPadresFree Agent
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree 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.The deal was announced one day after former Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract with Boston, pending a physical.Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base and second base, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies.Arizona pitching prospect Anthony Banda goes 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-hander Taylor Widener goes from New York to Arizona.Drury played mostly second base for Arizona but came through the minors as a third baseman and could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have top prospect Gleyber Torres penciled in at second. Another prospect, Miguel Andujar, was a leading ... [More]
Tue Feb 2020:19Mariners' Healy making best of delayed start to springMike Ford1BMarinersFree Agent
Ryon Healy1B/3B/DHMarinersFree Agent
Guillermo HerediaCF/LFMarinersFree Agent
Dan Vogelbach1BMarinersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ryon Healy joined his new teammates Tuesday for the Seattle Mariners' first scheduled full-squad workout of spring training. But all he could do was stand around and watch.Healy had surgery last Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his right hand and cannot take part in drills. His prognosis for recovery is four to six weeks before the Mariners hope he can get into games.That wasn't the plan when the Mariners acquired the 26-year-old Healy in a trade with the Oakland Athletics last November. He is Seattle's projected starting first baseman after batting .271 with 25 home runs and 78 RBIs last year, his first full major league season.But the start to his Mariners tenure has been delayed."I can't sit here and dwell on the negativity about it. I really have to find a positive, and that's that my body is going to get some rest and I get an opportunity to meet some teammates and form some relationships before I even step on the field," Healy said.Healy has a bandage on ... [More]
Tue Feb 2020:093-team trade sends Drury to Yankees, Souza to DiamondbacksMiguel Andujar3BYankeesFree Agent
Anthony BandaSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brandon Drury2B/3B/LF/PH/RFDiamondbacksTexas BigSticks
Steven Souza Jr.RFRaysFree Agent
Gleyber TorresSSYankeesFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have 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 that includes five players.The deal was announced Tuesday, one day after former Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract with Boston, pending a physical.Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies.Arizona pitching prospect Anthony Banda goes to the Rays, who also get minor league second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees. Minor league right-hander Taylor Widener goes from New York to the Diamondbacks.Drury played mostly second base for Arizona but came through the minors as a third baseman and could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have top prospect Gleyber Torres penciled in at second. Another prospect, Miguel Andujar, was a leading candidate at third.Souza helps fill the outfield power void left in the Diamondbacks' lineup by Martinez's departure.Drury hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 135 games with Arizona last season. Souza batted .239 with a career-high 30 home runs and 78 RBIs last year.__More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Tue Feb 2018:18Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal SanchezMatt BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Kyle GibsonSPTwinsFree Agent
Trevor MayRPTwinsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsOld Hoss
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.For the Twins, he's another option in a situation with few of them proven. For Sanchez, it's a late-career chance to potentially get back on track as a reliable starting pitcher and rediscover that winning feeling after some recent rough seasons with the Detroit Tigers."I can see the opportunity here, too. They are a really good group of players," said Sanchez, who signed the one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Tuesday before throwing his first bullpen session with the team.He agreed to terms last week for $2.5 million this season, according to multiple reports, if he makes the major league roster out of spring training. Additional money is available through incentives.After leading the American League with a 2.57 ERA in 2013, Sanchez struggled through the next three seasons for the Tigers while dealing with injuri... [More]
Tue Feb 2016:58Angels call on Kinsler for offensive punch at 2nd baseKaleb Cowart2B/3BAngelsFree Agent
Zack CozartSSAngelsFree Agent
Ian Kinsler2BAngelsOld Hoss
Cliff Pennington2B/3B/SSAngelsFree Agent
Brandon Phillips2B/3BAngelsThe Seals Guys
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsDodger Blue
Matt ShoemakerSPAngelsThe Seals Guys
Andrelton SimmonsSSAngelsFree Agent
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 Candelario3BTigersFree Agent
Nick Castellanos3B/RFTigersSportsWiseGuy.com
Daniel NorrisSPTigersFree Agent
Justin UptonLFAngelsRoto Value
Alex WilsonRPTigersFree 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 2016:09Marlins counting on their oldest player to closeKyle BarracloughRPMarlinsFree Agent
Brad ZieglerRPMarlinsPoison Pills
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — While the rebuilding Miami Marlins must rely heavily on unproven youngsters this season, they'll count on their oldest player to get the final out.Sidewinding 38-year-old Brad Ziegler is part of a patchwork cast for Miami under new CEO Derek Jeter. Ziegler doesn't really fit the closer's role, because he lacks an in-your-face fastball — or personality."I don't feed off adrenalin, even on the mound," Ziegler said. "I'm not looking for the fist pump. I've built my game around being calm on the mound, and when there's chaos around me, still being able to make that pitch and get a double play to get out of the inning. I love that they have the confidence in me to do that."Ziegler has 95 career saves, including 10 last year, but he also had a 4.73 ERA in 2017, allowing 57 hits in 47 innings. Those aren't the stats of a successful closer, but Ziegler will begin this season at the back end of the bullpen partly because of his age.He no longer possesses the durability ... [More]
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