2017 Breakdowns: Relievers

2017 Breakdowns: Relievers
Matthew Pouliot goes around the league to look at the iffier closing situations and suggests some sleeper relievers to target.
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Phillies released C Bryan Holaday.

Holaday was told Monday that he would not be on the Phillies' Opening Day roster, so he exercised his opt-out clause. The 29-year-old catcher is a .245/.282/.346 career hitter in 411 plate appearances at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 2:02 PM

Royals reassigned RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Malcom Culver, C Zane Evans, and INF Humberto Arteaga to minor league camp.

Alburquerque was in Royals camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and posted a 4.15 ERA across 8 2/3 innings in the Cactus League. It looks like right-hander Peter Moylan will get the final spot in the Kansas City bullpen.
Mar 27 - 1:58 PM

Royals optioned OF Billy Burns to Triple-A Omaha.

Burns, a .271/.309/.355 career hitter, went 9-for-41 (.220) this spring in the Cactus League. The 27-year-old speedster will function as organizational outfield depth for Kansas City in 2017.
Mar 27 - 1:54 PM

Royals optioned LHP Scott Alexander to Triple-A Omaha.

Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Mike Minor are all left-handed, so Alexander will get left out for an Opening Day bullpen spot. He posted a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP over 9 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
Mar 27 - 1:51 PM

Royals optioned OF/DH Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.

O'Brien has been one of the best players in the Cactus League this spring, boasting a 1.127 OPS with seven home runs in 51 at-bats, but he was always a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. If something goes wrong with Brandon Moss, or he isn't hitting left-handed pitching, look for O'Brien to get the call as DH help.
Mar 27 - 1:48 PM

Joe Wendle (shoulder) took regular batting practice Monday in A's camp.

It was the first BP round in a while for the 26-year-old infielder, who's been held out of Cactus League action since March 7 due to a shoulder injury. He figures to open the 2017 season on the disabled list.
Mar 27 - 1:27 PM

Rockies optioned OF Ramiel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Tapia made his MLB debut last year as a September callup, batting .263/.293/.263 over 41 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfield prospect should get another (longer) look at some point in 2017, though he's somewhat buried on the Rockies depth chart here at the end of camp.
Mar 27 - 1:24 PM

Mat Latos has been informed that he will not be on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster.

Latos now must decide whether to become a free agent or accept an assignment to Triple-A Buffalo. The veteran right-hander had a 6.75 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, after posting a 4.89 ERA in 70 innings last season between the White Sox and Nationals.
Mar 27 - 1:19 PM
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