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Blue Jays still view Joe Biagini as a starter
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 11:12 PMBen Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that he still envisions right-hander Joe Biagini as a quality major league starter.
Analysis: The 27-year-old hurler was jerked back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen in 2017 which may have played a role in his struggles. He wound up compiling a 5.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 119 2/3 innings. His xFIP was a much tidier 4.11 though and there's still strikeout upside in his right arm. If he opens the season in the Jays' rotation, there's upside to be had here for fantasy purposes.
Padres getting calls on Hunter Renfroe
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 11:03 PMJon Morosi on Twitter
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that trade interest has picked up in Padres' outfielder Hunter Renfroe since Saturday's acquisition of Eric Hosmer.
Analysis: With Hosmer in tow, the Padres are shifting Wil Myers back to the outfield, which means there's only one spot for Renfroe and Jose Pirela to fight over. It's possible the Padres could utilize the increased interest to deal for starting pitching help. Morosi notes that the Braves are one club that's known to be in the market looking for an outfielder.
Brewers not interested in reunion with Lucroy
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 9:43 PMTom Haudricourt on Twitter
Brewers' general manager David Stearns said Sunday that the club is content with their trio of catchers and they aren't interested in a possible reunion with Jonathan Lucroy.
Analysis: Lucroy continues to sit on the open market as spring camps have opened throughout Florida and Arizona, but a reunion in Milwaukee doesn't seem to be in the cards. The Brewers will enter the season with Manny Pina, Stephen Vogt and Jett Bandy behind the dish.
Rockies have stayed in touch with CarGo
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 8:09 PMJim Bowden on Twitter
Rockies' general manager Jeff Bridich told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM that he has continued to keep in touch with Scott Boras regarding Carlos Gonzalez.
Analysis: The Rockies are flush with quality options in their outfield, so a return to Colorado still looks unlikely, but Gonzalez hasn't been a hot commodity on the free agent market. The Blue Jays, Orioles, Giants and Mets are among the teams that have kicked the tires on the veteran outfielder.
Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers Saturday
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 6:27 PMEduardo Encina on Twitter
According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.
Analysis: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Tillman will decide soon between the Orioles and two other teams. The Tigers are believed to be one of those clubs, while the Twins and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. While he's coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign, he's the type of asset that could eat innings and be flipped at the deadline if he pitches well, which would be attractive to a rebuilding Tigers' team.
Royals will not pursue marquee free agents
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 6:20 PMBob NIghtengale on Twitter
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Royals plan to stay pat and go into their rebuild and will not pursue any marquee free agents.
Analysis: That announcement came on the heels of Eric Hosmer spurning their offer to sign with the Padres late Saturday. There has been speculation that Kansas City could still be open to a reunion with Mike Moustakas since his market has dried up, but this report casts doubt on that.
Aaron Sanchez (finger) looks good so far
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 5:03 PMBen Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that Aaron Sanchez (finger) has been "very sharp" so far this spring.
Analysis: Walker noted that they were treating it like it was a normal spring for Sanchez and that there are currently no limitations regarding his recurring blister issues or the ligament damage to his right middle finger that bothered him throughout 2017. The 25-year-old right-hander makes for an intriguing bounce-back candidate this season.
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Souza leaves camp to attend to family matter
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 4:17 PMMarc Topkin on Twitter
Steven Souza has departed Rays' camp to attend to a family matter.
Analysis: He is tentatively expected to rejoin the club on Tuesday. The right fielder is coming off of a breakthrough 2017 campaign where he slashed .239/.351/.459 with 30 homers and 16 stolen bases and was finally able to stay healthy. With Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison gone, he'll need to pick up the slack in the middle of the lineup.
Chris Young gets one-year deal from Angels
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 3:02 PM
Angels signed OF Chris Young to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register says Young will make $2 million and can earn more through incentives. Young, 34, batted .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He'll give the Angels an option in the outfield and/or in the designated hitter spot against left-handers.
Willy Garcia dealing with hand injury
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 2:56 PMDaryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
Willy Garcia is limited early on in White Sox camp because of a hand injury.
Analysis: Garcia first injured the hand during winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. It appears to be a day-to-day situation.
Angels ink Chris Carter to minor league deal
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 2:13 PMJeff Fletcher on Twitter
Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Analysis: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carter will make $1.75 million if in the majors, with a possible $600,000 more in incentives. Carter batted just .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs over 208 plate appearances for the Yankees last season before being released at midseason. He caught on with the A's on a minor league pact after that but wasn't called up. Carter, 31, will help replenish some of the first base depth the Angels lost when they traded C.J. Cron.
Tillman to decide between three teams soon
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 1:28 PMJon Heyman on Twitter
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman will make a decision soon between signing with the Orioles or two other teams.
Analysis: Heyman says that Tillman will likely make a call by Monday. The other clubs that have been connected to Tillman to this point other than the Orioles are the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays, but it's unclear whether any of those teams are among the final cut. Tillman is coming off an awful 2017 campaign that saw him put up a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Engelb Vielma delayed by visa issues
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 1:19 PMRich Dubroff on Twitter
Engelb Vielma's arrival in Orioles camp has been delayed by visa issues.
Analysis: Vielma was acquired from the Giants last month. He'll compete for a utility role once he arrives in Florida.
Dylan Covey outrighted to Triple-A
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 1:10 PM
White Sox sent RHP Dylan Covey outright to Triple-A Charlotte.
Analysis: Covey is now off the 40-man roster. The former Rule 5 pick posted an ugly 7.71 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 41/34 K/BB ratio over 70 innings last season.
Scott Kazmir healthy at start of camp
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 12:46 PMAtlanta Journal-Constitution
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Scott Kazmir (hip) is "on the regular program" and "says he feels good" at the start of spring training.
Analysis: Kazmir was limited to four rehab appearances last season due to nagging hip issues, but he's healthy for now and is aiming to capture a spot in the Braves' rotation. As long as he's able to stay on the mound, the left-hander would seem to be a pretty good bet to break camp as part of the starting five.
Andrew Susac has possible staph infection
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 12:02 PMEduardo A. Encina on Twitter
Andrew Susac will be shut down for at least 3-4 days with a possible staph infection.
Analysis: Well, that's not how you want to start off camp with a new team. Hopefully Susac will wind up being fine, but for now the Orioles will have to bring in some catchers from the minor league side of camp.
Matt Carpenter dealing with stiff tightness
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:56 AMSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
Matt Carpenter is dealing with some back tightness.
Analysis: Carpenter dealt with a stiff back early on in camp last year, as well. It shouldn't be a big deal but will keep him limited to playing first base for now. "Carp's going to focus most of his (defense) at first base at this point but he's going to get work at third and he's going to get work at second," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We're probably not going to move him around a whole lot at the beginning. We just want to be careful. It's something that's happened before and we just want to stay ahead of it."
Kirby Yates nursing sprained ankle
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:54 AMJeff Sanders on Twitter
Kirby Yates was held out of workouts Sunday due to a twisted ankle.
Analysis: He should be fine. Yates enters 2018 possibly second in line for saves with the Padres behind closer Brad Hand.
Koda Glover (shoulder) behind schedule
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:53 AMMark Zuckerman on Twitter
Koda Glover (shoulder) has yet to do anything throwing in Nationals camp.
Analysis: Glover deal with shoulder (and back) issues last season and had a recent MRI that showed he still has some inflammation. "We're going to give him some time," manager Dave Martinez said. Glover has the potential to be a shutdown reliever, but the injury issues are worrisome.
Desmond sticking mostly to LF this spring
Sun, Feb 18, 2018, 11:50 AMPatrick Saunders on Twitter
Ian Desmond indicated Sunday that he's been told he'll be playing "mostly left field" this spring.
Analysis: "I will be ready to play first base if they need me to, but right now, from what I understand it's going to be mostly left field," Desmond said. It's good news for the fantasy prospects of Ryan McMahon, who appears pegged for the first base job at the moment. Of course, the Rockies haven't ruled out a reunion with Mark Reynolds, so we can't lock in McMahon just yet.