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Dodgers signed OF Travis Witherspoon to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old outfielder has all of the tools, but has yet to live up to his potential. He spent the 2014 season in the Mariners organization where he slashed .252/.338/.448 with 15 homers, 44 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 99 games at High-A High Desert.
Feb 27 - 9:00 PM

Nationals signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hill will presumably compete for a spot as a situational left-hander in the Nats bullpen. The 34-year-old southpaw appeared in 14 games for the Yankees in 2014, posting a 1.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 9/3 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings.
Feb 27 - 8:46 PM

Padres signed OF Tyson Gillies to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the past five seasons in the Phillies organization, slashing .214/.270/.289 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 43 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014. He'll add organizational depth for the Padres.
Feb 27 - 7:19 PM

Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.

Initially, the team feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break, though the tear wasn't as bad as they had feared and they were able to get by simply trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered.
Feb 27 - 7:09 PM

Jose Quintana threw two simulated innings on Friday and indicated that he's ready to go and right on track for where he should be at this point of the spring.

At the team's request, the 26-year-old southpaw began his throwing program later than usual this winter in order to help preserve his arm after toiling 200 innings in each of the past two seasons. Quintana wasn't shy about expressing his excitement over the start of the spring season, indicating,"I’m excited for Opening Day. It’s spring training, but it’s Opening Day, you know?"
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 27 - 7:07 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman believes Eury Perez is the early favorite to be the Braves' Opening Day center field following Melvin Upton's (foot) injury.

It makes sense, as Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte are both better suited for the corner outfield and Perez is likely a better option than Todd Cunningham. Perez has just 23 plate appearances in the majors but is a career .305/.360/.384 hitter in the minors and has put up gaudy stolen base totals. His speed could give him some fantasy value if he finds his way into the lineup.
Feb 27 - 5:59 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre.
Feb 27 - 5:44 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that Ryan Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him."

Amaro made up with Howard at the beginning of spring training after saying over the winter that the club would be better off without him, and now he's bragging about the veteran's physical condition. None of it really means much. Howard is still slated to start versus righties at first base as long as he's healthy and still with the Phillies on Opening Day. He's remains capable of providing some home run pop but doesn't offer much else.
Feb 27 - 4:23 PM
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