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Mon Feb 1819:42Indians hold first workout without star shortstopGreg AllenCF/RFIndiansFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Francisco LindorSSIndiansThe Seals Guys
Tyler NaquinCFIndiansFree Agent
Bradley ZimmerCFIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — After their best player discussed his injury and an uncertain future, the Indians got to work on the present.Cleveland held its first full-squad workout of spring training on Monday, the first step for a talented team that looks very different than the one which captured its third straight AL Central title in 2018.Following an eventful offseason culminated with All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor's calf injury, the Indians took the field after manager Terry Francona delivered his annual address. His message this year focused on moving forward."The way we feel about the game doesn't change," Francona said. "I told them that you can break spring training into three groups: You have the young guys trying to create a good first impression. You have the guys competing for a job. You have the veterans trying to get ready for a long season."Earlier, Lindor said now is not the time for him to worry about a long-term contract.The 25-year-old shortstop spoke for the firs... [More]
Mon Feb 1818:42Rangers SS Andrus in much different spot with Beltre retiredElvis AndrusSSRangersTexas BigSticks
Ben RevereCF/LF/PH/RFAngelsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus prepared for the first full-squad workout at a different locker than in past springs.Now 30 and going into his 11th season, Andrus is in a much different place than just his spot in the clubhouse.With star third baseman Adrian Beltre now retired, Andrus will be assuming a bigger leadership role on a team with a lot of 20-something position players in the lineup with him."It's something as a player, when you get more years and more experience, you're looking forward," Andrus said Monday. "I think this is a natural to happen, be able to lead guys and help them."Like Beltre did in Texas the past eight seasons, while also preparing the shortstop for this expanded role.Andrus has been with the Rangers longer than anyone else on the roster, a distinction he held even when Beltre was on the team. Andrus is the only player remaining from their consecutive World Series teams in 2010 and 2011.Beltre announced his retirement in Novembe... [More]
Mon Feb 1818:12A season from free agency, Abreu hopes to win with White SoxJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxRoto Value
Yonder Alonso1BIndiansFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In his last season before becoming eligible for free agency, Jose Abreu thinks the Chicago White Sox can transform into a winning team."I'm excited because this year we're in a good position to compete," said the first baseman said through an interpreter Monday on the reporting day for position players. "We have a lot of talent. We're getting ready for the point where we're going to be a pretty good team. I think that this can be that year where we start showing what we can do."Abreu was an All-Star last season, but he got hurt in the second half and finished with 22 homers, 78 RBIs and a .265 average, all career lows since arriving from Cuba before the 2014 season. It was the first time in five seasons he did not have 100 RBIs.Chicago lost 100 games last season and the best record for the White Sox in the last five years was 78-84 in 2016."I am excited also because I know the quality of people we have here," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play a... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:52Rays' Kiermaier motivated to rebound from subpar seasonKevin KiermaierCFRaysFree Agent
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier says his body feels as good as ever and he's determined to bounce back from a subpar season marked by injuries and inconsistency to help the Tampa Bay Rays contend for a playoff berth."I'm going to sound like a broken record all spring," the defensive whiz said, adding he has a lot to prove to teammates and fans after struggling offensively last year, when he missed two months with a torn ligament in his right thumb and also hurt a foot in September."I love where I'm at right now," Kiermaier added. "I couldn't ask for anything else, and now it's just my part to go execute and maybe win some hearts back from my performance last year."The Rays surprisingly won 90 games despite losing their centerfielder for 57 games from April 16 to June 18, then finishing the season with Kiermaier sidelined the final four games because of a hairline fracture in his right foot.It was the third straight season the 28-year-old, who batted .217 in a career-low 8... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:22Cards manager Shildt says Goldschmidt better than advertisedMatt Carpenter1B/2B/3BCardinalsRoto Value
Luke WeaverRPCardinalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt's phone lit up with texts and calls praising the character of Paul Goldschmidt after the Cardinals traded for the slugging first baseman in December."A lot of times the hyperbole doesn't meet what's real," Shildt said. "In this case it's exceeded it. He's come in and been unbelievably engaging, thoughtful, proactive. He's really smart and he's really dedicated to what we're doing and how we're doing it. He's exceeded expectations already, before we even got on the field."Goldschmidt has physically been in Jupiter for about 10 days. Mentally, he's been in a Cardinals uniform for months.Shortly after the trade, he began swapping texts with Cardinals coaches and teammates discussing the finer points of the game, like baserunning and taking leads."They are not short conversations," Shildt said. "And they are not forced. He loves it, is my point. He's a baseball guy."For Goldschmidt, those kinds of offseason chats are the norm."Being new,... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:12Moustakas' return has Brewers' teammates excitedRyan BraunLFBrewersBig Chee
Tyler Saladino2B/3B/SSWhite SoxFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — NL MVP Christian Yelich tweeted a GIF of a leaping Moose .The Milwaukee Brewers were excited to know Mike Moustakas likely is sticking around for 2019.Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the agreement will be subject to a successful physical. The sides were negotiating a deal that includes a mutual option for 2020, the person said."I've known Mikey forever, since he was a little kid," said Ryan Braun, who like Moustakas grew up and resides in Southern California. "He came here last year, fit in seamlessly, performed for us really well on the field. Obviously, became a big part of our culture in the locker room as well.Yelich, also a Southern California resident, spent the offseason working out with Braun and Moustakas and also teamed with them to org... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:02Orioles have many open infield jobs, and several candidatesHanser AlbertoSSRangersFree Agent
Chris Bostick2BPiratesFree Agent
Alcides EscobarSSRoyalsBig Chee
Manny Machado3B/SSOriolesMoneyball
Richie MartinSSAthleticsFree Agent
Ryan MountcastleSSOriolesFree Agent
Renato Núñez3BAthleticsFree Agent
Jace Peterson2B/LF/PHBravesFree Agent
Jack ReinheimerDHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BBravesFree Agent
Jonathan Villar2B/3B/PH/SSBrewersDodger Blue
Zach VincejSSMarinersFree Agent
Steve WilkersonFree Agent
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have many jobs up for grabs, and nowhere is the competition less defined than in the infield.As the team held its first full-squad workout on Monday, only one infield position is secured — first base. Chris Davis is entering the fourth year of a seven-year, $161 million contract.Besides Davis, there are 13 players on the roster competing for the three starting positions, and a utility job or two.Davis, like the Orioles, had a horrid 2018 season. He hit just .168 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs and 192 strikeouts in 128 games as Baltimore lost a franchise-record 115 games.There aren't any clear favorites early on.The Orioles obtained Jonathan Villar in their July remake from Milwaukee and he played both second and shortstop over the season's last two months. Villar was originally labeled as a shortstop by new general manager Mike Elias, but that was before Richie Martin was taken with the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft.On Saturday, t... [More]
Mon Feb 1817:02Kelly, Weaver ready to make their marks for DiamondbacksÁlex ÁvilaC/PHCubsFree Agent
Zack GodleyRP/SPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksDodger Blue
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksRoto Value
Caleb JosephCOriolesFree Agent
Carson KellyCCardinalsFree Agent
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsRoto Value
Robbie RaySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Luke WeaverRPCardinalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver will always been known as the other players in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. No matter what they do for the rest of their careers, good or bad, they will be linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks' fan-favorite first baseman.But the Diamondbacks do not consider them replacements for Goldschmidt.Goldschmidt was one of the best players in baseball during his eight seasons in Arizona, so matching his production would be difficult. Plus, Kelly is a catcher and Weaver a right-handed starting pitcher.The Diamondbacks just want them to be the best versions of themselves they can be."When they were traded over, those were the first conversations that I began to have with them about just being themselves, embracing the organization the way we're embracing them," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We chose them for a reason: because they're very special players."Both are looking forward to a fresh start.For Kelly, the trade should mean an o... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:42Gonzalez, Newman competing to be Pirates' starting shortstopRookie DavisSPRedsFree Agent
Erik González2B/SSIndiansFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansTexas BigSticks
Francisco LindorSSIndiansThe Seals Guys
Jordy MercerSSPiratesFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates' everyday lineup.The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers.Gonzalez was acquired from Cleveland on Nov. 14. Newman made his major league debut with the Pirates last August and retains his rookie status.Gonzalez spent the last three years as a utility infielder, stuck behind such stalwarts as shortstop Francisco Lindor, third baseman Jose Ramirez and second baseman Jason Kipnis."I was starting to lose my passion for baseball," Gonzalez said. "I was talking to my agent to try to move to another team. I just want the chance to play."He will have a chance to prove himself during the exhibition season, which begins Saturday. The Pirates feel they may have unearthed a potential impact player in Gonzalez."We've had people that've seen this man play defense and said, 'This guy can be dynamic,'" manage... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:42Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this seasonMatt CainSPGiantsFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsSportsWiseGuy.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire.Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager.He told the team before Monday's spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium."In my mind it's time," he said.Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists "the health's great" and didn't factor into the choice.He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, '12 and '14."I've managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it's a gut feeling it's time," Bochy said. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There's so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It's time. I'll stay in baseball and do something. ... I'm not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It's b... [More]
Mon Feb 1816:22Royals looking to build on strong finish to 2018Jorge BonifacioRFRoyalsFree Agent
Hunter Dozier3BRoyalsFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsRoto Value
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals lost 104 games in 2018 despite finishing the season 20-14. They hope they can begin this season like they ended the last one, and not the way they've started in recent years."These guys made a lot of progress from the middle of August all through September," Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday before the club's first full-squad workout. "They played really, really good and exciting baseball."Does that mean we're automatically going to come in here and pick up where we left off? No. We're going to have to pick up where we left off. We're going to have to work hard to continue that type of improvement. I'm real excited about it."The Royals entered May last year with a 7-21 record. In 2017, they went 7-16 in April. Each year, they endured a nine-game losing streak in the season's first month."We started to put it all together in August," said second baseman Whit Merrifield, who led the AL in hits and stolen bases. "Once we started winning ga... [More]
Mon Feb 1815:32Toles has personal matter, doesn't report to DodgersCody Bellinger1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezCF/LF/PH/SSDodgersFree Agent
Matt KempLF/RFDodgersLas Vegas Giants
Joc PedersonCFDodgersDodger Blue
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Chris Taylor2B/CF/LF/SSDodgersFree Agent
Andrew TolesLF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was not at spring training camp for Monday's voluntary full squad reporting day because of an unspecified personal matter.Manager Dave Roberts said there is no timeline for Toles' arrival. The mandatory reporting date is Saturday."We'll get Andrew here when things work out; he works through some personal things," Roberts said Monday. "He has our full support, certainly."Roberts said Toles' absence was surprising."Obviously, things are sometimes unpredictable and family, personal issues obviously have to come before baseball," Roberts said.Toles has a challenge to make the major league roster, even after outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were traded to Cincinnati. Outfielders include A.J. Pollock, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo are on the roster, and Chris Taylor and Kike Hernandez could compete for time,The left-handed hitting Toles spent most of last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he batted .306 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 71 games. He was the Dodgers' starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and until May 9 the following year, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.Pederson is aware of speculation he could be traded."I guess it's nice to know that there are some other teams out there that would want you," he said.____More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1814:02Reds' Joey Votto tries to rebound from subpar seasonSonny GraySPYankeesFree Agent
Matt KempLF/RFDodgersLas Vegas Giants
Yasiel PuigRFDodgersFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPNationalsMoneyball
Joey Votto1BRedsMoneyball
Alex WoodSPDodgersFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Votto has spent the offseason trying to make sure he doesn't have another subpar season.The Cincinnati Reds star led the NL in on-base percentage last year but hit 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs."It was the first year where I had a poor offensive year," Votto said. "It is hard to speak on this without sounding arrogant. I've always performed at a certain level. Last year was a bit of a shock. I didn't perform anywhere near to what I'm used to."Votto, who turns 36 in September, was hit on the right knee by a pitch from Ryan Madson in August and went on the disabled list. His numbers were down even before the injury.Votto hit 37 homers during his 2010 NL MVP season and had 36 with 100 RBIs in 2017. He spent this offseason refining his swing."I did things differently, so I hope it works," Votto said. "Intuitively, I know why I wasn't ready and came up short last year. I just made sure I didn't d... [More]
Mon Feb 1814:02Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league dealAdeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Amed RosarioSSMetsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.Hechavarria is a light hitter known for his defense. He gives New York a legitimate, established shortstop who could be a backup to young starter Amed Rosario. Even with a crowded infield, that's something the Mets were lacking as they opened spring training."From the onset we wanted to create depth and versatility at a variety of positions. The shortstop position in particular was one that we felt like we wanted to continue to create options," new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at spring training media day. "Rosario is a premium guy. He's young and he's improving every day and the goal is to make sure we can surround him with not only support to get better, but also give us some protection in the event that we need to get him help or need to replace him in some scenario. So that was something we've wanted to ... [More]
Mon Feb 1812:32Speedy Ben Revere in Rangers camp with Triple-A dealWillie Calhoun2BRangersFree Agent
Joey Gallo1B/3BRangersFree Agent
Nomar MazaraLF/RFRangersOld Hoss
Ben RevereCF/LF/PH/RFAngelsFree Agent
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Speedy outfielder Ben Revere is in spring training with the Texas Rangers after signing a Triple-A contract.Revere was with the Rangers for their first full-squad workout Monday after completing a successful physical. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter last played in the majors with the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, when he hit .275 with 21 stolen bases in 109 games.He is a .284 career hitter with 211 stolen bases for five teams over eight big league seasons.There are certainly no guarantees for Revere with the Rangers, who have young outfielders Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Delino DeShields and Willie Calhoun. Veteran Hunter Pence is also in camp on a minor league deal.Cincinnati released Revere at the end of spring training last year. He then played 40 games for Triple-A Salt Lake City in the Angels organization before August.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 1802:32Yelich, Brewers focus on clean slate after near-miss in 2018Jesus Aguilar1B/PHBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCF/RFRoyalsOld Hoss
Jhoulys ChacinSPBrewersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCDodgersWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Jimmy NelsonSPBrewersFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LFMarlinsBig Chee
PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich has already had conversations with some of his Milwaukee Brewers teammates about their biggest message this spring after coming up one win short of the World Series."What you did last year means nothing basically. Whether it was good or bad for you as an individual or as a team, it means absolutely nothing. It doesn't matter," Yelich said. "We all start with a clean slate. It's all what are you going to do in 2019 to help the Brewers win."Even for the young slugging outfielder who was the NL MVP after nearly winning the Triple Crown (.326, 36 homers, 110 RBIs) in his first season with the Brewers.Milwaukee's first full-squad workout is Tuesday, four months after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. The Brewers made a late-September surge to force a Game 163 tiebreaker, beat the Chicago Cubs for their first NL Central title since 2011 and swept Colorado in the NL Division Series."It was a little shorter offseason, n... [More]
Mon Feb 1800:12AP source: Mets, Hechavarria agree to minor league dealAdeiny HechavarriaSSRaysFree Agent
Amed RosarioSSMetsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to a person familiar with the deal.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the deal is pending a physical planned for Monday, when Hechavarria is expected to arrive at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.Hechavarria is a light hitter known for his defense. He gives New York a legitimate, established shortstop who could be a backup to young starter Amed Rosario. Even with a crowded infield, that's something the Mets were lacking as they opened spring training."From the onset we wanted to create depth and versatility at a variety of positions. The shortstop position in particular was one that we felt like we wanted to continue to create options," new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at spring training media day. "Rosario is a premium guy. He's young and he's improving ever... [More]
Sun Feb 1718:22Grandal gets proactive about learning staff with BrewersWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCDodgersWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersRoto Value
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Corey KnebelRPBrewersFree Agent
Erik KratzCYankeesFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. The Brewers' new backstop wanted to get a running start when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.He scheduled bullpen sessions with pitchers ready to work off the mound, and sat down to talk strategy with those that weren't. He studied video of his new battery mates and even met with members of Milwaukee's coaching staff.When Grandal showed up to camp in Phoenix last week, he was ready to work."I didn't want to spend a lot of time at spring training getting to know them," Grandal said. "By the time we started, we'd already spoken, I had an idea of what guys wanted to do and different things like that."Grandal, 30, was a surprising signing for a team that appeared set at the catcher position with a combination of Manny Pina and Erik Kratz. Both are... [More]
Sun Feb 1718:02Grandal gets proactive about learning staff with BrewersWalker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCDodgersWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersRoto Value
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Corey KnebelRPBrewersFree Agent
Erik KratzCYankeesFree Agent
Manny PiñaCBrewersFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. The Brewers' new backstop wanted to get a running start when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training.He scheduled bullpen sessions with pitchers ready to work off the mound, and sat down to talk strategy with those that weren't. He studied video of his new battery mates and even met with members of Milwaukee's coaching staff.When Grandal showed up to camp in Phoenix last week, he was ready to work."I didn't want to spend a lot of time at spring training getting to know them," Grandal said. "By the time we started, we'd already spoken, I had an idea of what guys wanted to do and different things like that."Grandal, 30, was a surprising signing for a team that appeared set at the catcher position with a combination of Manny Pina and Erik Kratz. Both are... [More]
Sun Feb 1717:22Cubs' Maddon foresees 'fluid' situation for bullpenTony BarnetteRPRangersFree Agent
Brad BrachRPOriolesMoneyball
Steve CishekRPCubsLas Vegas Giants
Carl Edwards Jr.RPCubsFree Agent
Mike MontgomeryRP/SPCubsFree Agent
Brandon MorrowRPCubsFree Agent
Pedro StropRPCubsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a lot of experience cobbling together bullpens from pitchers without defined roles.Until closer Brandon Morrow is mended and ready, Maddon will once again be faced with a juggling act of sorts in the late innings.Maddon said Sunday the Cubs bullpen is a "fluid" situation. While that's not ideal, it's nothing new for the three-time manager of the year. He's not so big on in-game guidelines, anyway."I think primarily the focus will be who's rested, who hasn't pitched a couple days in a row," Maddon said. "And work it that way until Brandon becomes available. And when he becomes available, it's still not going to be an everyday kind of thing. So, I will work off numbers, but I think with this particular group, a lot of it will have to do with who's most rested."Morrow had right elbow surgery in November after being shut down in mid-July, and he's unlikely to be ready for opening day. Without him, Chicago still had the NL's top bullpen last ... [More]
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