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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.

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.
Feb 18 - 9:09 PM

According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.

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.
Feb 18 - 7:27 PM

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.

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.
Feb 18 - 7:20 PM

Blue Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker said Sunday that Aaron Sanchez (finger) has been "very sharp" so far this spring.

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.
Feb 18 - 6:03 PM

Steven Souza has departed Rays' camp to attend to a family matter.

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.
Feb 18 - 5:17 PM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Sunday that he believes Tim Tebow will play in the major leagues someday.

That, and not the publicity or merchandise sales, is the reason that Tebow is in big league camp this spring despite hitting just .226/.309/.347 with eight homers as a 30-year-old between Class-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie. Alderson went on to say that after a year and a half of this experiment, that expecting him to make the big leagues was a "modest expectation". Aside from perhaps a cameo on a non-contending team in September, it still seems incredibly unlikely.
Feb 18 - 4:32 PM

Angels signed OF Chris Young to a one-year contract.

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.
Feb 18 - 4:02 PM

Willy Garcia is limited early on in White Sox camp because of a hand injury.

Garcia first injured the hand during winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. It appears to be a day-to-day situation.
Feb 18 - 3:56 PM

Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman will make a decision soon between signing with the Orioles or two other teams.

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.
Feb 18 - 2:28 PM

Engelb Vielma's arrival in Orioles camp has been delayed by visa issues.

Vielma was acquired from the Giants last month. He'll compete for a utility role once he arrives in Florida.
Feb 18 - 2:19 PM

White Sox sent RHP Dylan Covey outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

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.
Feb 18 - 2:10 PM

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.

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.
Feb 18 - 1:46 PM

Andrew Susac will be shut down for at least 3-4 days with a possible staph infection.

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.
Feb 18 - 1:02 PM

Matt Carpenter is dealing with some back tightness.

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."
Feb 18 - 12:56 PM

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