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Date: Team: Pos:

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
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

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

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

Kirby Yates was held out of workouts Sunday due to a twisted ankle.

He should be fine. Yates enters 2018 possibly second in line for saves with the Padres behind closer Brad Hand.
Feb 18 - 12:54 PM

Koda Glover (shoulder) has yet to do anything throwing in Nationals camp.

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.
Feb 18 - 12:53 PM

Ian Desmond indicated Sunday that he's been told he'll be playing "mostly left field" this spring.

"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. Desmond seeing more time at first base would free up playing time in the outfield for Raimel Tapia and/or David Dahl.
Feb 18 - 12:50 PM

Julian Fernandez was treated for a cut on his right index finger Sunday.

He suffered in on his locker. Fernandez, who is trying to make the Giants' Opening Day bullpen as a Rule 5 pick, will be shut down for a few days.
Feb 18 - 12:36 PM

With Wil Myers moving to the outfield following the signing of Eric Hosmer, Hunter Renfroe and Jose Pirela will compete for one corner outfield job.

Myers will work out both in right and left, but most of his reps will come in right, where he played during his time with the Rays and where he'll probably wind up in 2018. That leaves Renfroe and Pirela battling for one job, assuming the Padres aren't keen on giving Pirela a shot at second base. Pirela was one of the team's best hitters last season during his time up with the big club and Renfroe was optioned to Triple-A at one point, so the former might have the initial leg up. Either could produce some fantasy value with a starting role, so it's a situation to watch in spring training.
Feb 18 - 12:12 PM

Mets placed INF T.J. Rivera on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for Jason Vargas. Rivera will miss the beginning of the season while working his way back from last September's Tommy John surgery.
Feb 18 - 11:54 AM

Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was reported on Friday and is now official after Vargas passed a physical. The veteran left-hander held a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts last season but faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. The Mets hope he can offer some stability at the back-end of their rotation.
Feb 18 - 11:26 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that Yasmani Grandal is expected to be the Dodgers' "primary backstop" this season and Austin Barnes "will again start against left-handed pitchers."

Barnes took over as the Dodgers' regular catcher during the team's run to the World Series last season, which seemed to point to him being at the top of the pecking order heading into spring training. However, it appears that Grandal is again slated to see most of the starts versus righties. The news obviously is a hit to Barnes' fantasy potential, although he could certainly still have value in two-catcher leagues.
Feb 18 - 10:54 AM

Socrates Brito (finger) is behind schedule at the beginning of spring training after injuring his right pinkie finger during winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

It's unclear how far behind he is. The oft-injured Brito is out of options but will have to prove he can stay healthy to earn an Opening Day roster spot.
Feb 18 - 10:48 AM

Chris Owings (finger) will be limited at the beginning of spring training.

Owings required a second surgery on his fractured right middle finger in November. He's on track to be ready for Opening Day but enters spring training behind the other Diamondbacks position players. Owings is the favorite to start at second base but could ultimately play a number of positions again.
Feb 18 - 10:45 AM

Yasmany Tomas (core muscle surgery) has been given clearance to participate fully in drills.

Tomas had a pair of core muscle surgeries last season in a year when he was limited to just 47 games, but he'll enter spring training with no restrictions. The Cuban is the favorite to start in left field for the Diamondbacks but will have to hold off others to win the job.
Feb 18 - 10:43 AM



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