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MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Jackie Bradley is "unlikely" to be traded following the Red Sox' signing of J.D. Martinez.

Martinez might play some in the outfield, but the Red Sox plan to use him mostly as a designated hitter. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact. Bradley's name has popped up in trade rumors during the offseason, but Boston has denied ever looking to move him.
Feb 19 - 10:00 PM

Mariners top prospect Kyle Lewis recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

That he "only" required a scope on his knee this time is the good news, but it's the same knee that necessitated ACL surgery earlier in his career. The 2016 first-round pick has been limited to just 79 games so far in his pro career due to injury. The Mariners are hopeful Lewis will be ready to play by late April.
Feb 19 - 5:47 PM

Ervin Santana will wear a cast on his right hand for two weeks before being reevaluated.

Santana underwent surgery earlier this month to remove a calcium deposit from his right middle finger. He'll have a better idea about when he'll be able to resume throwing after having the cast removed, but the early estimates have him potentially missing the first month of the season. The Twins have added Jake Odorizzi and Anibal Sanchez in recent days, but they could still use more rotation help as they aim to build off their surprising 2017 showing.
Feb 19 - 4:07 PM

Brian Dozier missed the Twins' first full-squad workout on Monday due to a kidney stone.

Dozier is expected to be sidelined for a few days, but it shouldn't be a long-term issue. The 30-year-old batted .271/.359/.498 with 34 homers and 16 steals in 2017 and is going into his final year before free agency.
Feb 19 - 3:56 PM

Daniel Norris traveled to Philadelphia on Monday for a follow-up visit with Dr. William Meyers.

Norris originally saw Meyers after his groin strain last summer. Fortuntely, no issues were found during the follow-up and he's scheduled to join his teammates on Tuesday. The 24-year-old scuffled with a 5.31 ERA over 18 starts and four relief appearances last season, but he should begin 2018 in the Tigers' rotation.
Feb 19 - 3:03 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Andrew Susac (staph infection) will continue to be monitored at the hospital for the next 24-48 hours.

It was revealed on Sunday that Susac is dealing with a possible staph infection. There's no clear timetable for his return. Susac was expected to compete with Chance Sisco for the backup catcher job this spring, but he's going to get a late start at the very least.
Feb 19 - 2:59 PM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) couldn't say for sure Monday that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tulowitzki missed the final two months last season with ligament damage in his right ankle and it was revealed last week that he's been dealing with a chronic bone spur in his right heel. He said he felt good on the field Monday, but that he plans to take it "day by day." There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but fortunately the Blue Jays have Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as insurance for their middle infield.

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) took grounders on the field and hit with no issues on Monday.

Tulowitzki is making progress, but he reported to camp with a bone spur in his heel and the Blue Jays plan to take it easy with him early on in spring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't expect him to play for the first couple of games of the Grapefruit League schedule.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said he's hoping to get 500-plus at-bats for Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Jorge Bonifacio in 2018.

The rebuilding club wants to see what they have with all three. Soler carries the most name recognition, but he's coming off a rough first season with the Royals where he batted .144/.245/.258 over 110 plate appearances. However, the opportunity will be there in 2018 and he worked hard over the winter while losing 20 pounds. Yost sees Soler getting at-bats out of the DH spot and the corner outfield spots.
Feb 19 - 12:28 PM

Rajai Davis can opt out of his minor league contract with the Indians if he's not added to the 40-man roster by March 22.

Davis will try to win a reserve outfielder job in his return to the organization. The 37-year-old played with the Red Sox and Athletics last season while batting just .235/.293/.348 over 117 games.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

Josh Phegley lost 12 pounds during the offseason.

More important than the weight loss to Phegley is that he lost seven percent of his body fat and is now down to 16 percent overall. He got there thanks to a disciplined offseason program. The hope is that the improved conditioning will help him stay on the field. Phegley dealt with knee issues in 2016 and was sidelined with a concussion and an oblique strain last year. As of now, Bruce Maxwell is expected to be the A's primary catcher in 2018.
Feb 19 - 10:59 AM

Orioles re-signed INF Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract.

Yes, he's the brother of Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. He turns 31 in April and batted just .225/.289/.432 with five homers over 34 games last season between Double- and Triple-A. This is purely a depth move.
Feb 19 - 10:35 AM



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