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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Robbie Grossman (groin) went through a full workout Monday in Twins camp.

Grossman has been out of Grapefruit League action for over a week with a groin injury, but he took batting practice Sunday and added more baseball activities to his plate on Monday. The switch-hitting backup outfielder should be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 2:41 PM

Phillies reassigned RHP Michael Mariot to minor league camp.

Mariot had a 4.15 ERA in 8 2/3 innings this spring in Grapefruit League play. The right-hander will function as organizational bullpen depth for Philadelphia in 2017.
Mar 27 - 2:29 PM

Phillies optioned OF Roman Quinn to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Quinn was always ticketed for Triple-A out of spring training, but he should be brought up for good at some point in 2017. The 23-year-old outfield prospect batted .302/.372/.451 with six home runs and 36 stolen bases in 77 games last season between rookie ball and Double-A Reading. He then made his MLB debut as a September callup.
Mar 27 - 2:28 PM

Phillies released C Ryan Hanigan.

Andrew Knapp will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' backup catcher. Hanigan was in camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract.
Mar 27 - 2:24 PM

Andrew Knapp has been named the Phillies' backup catcher.

Knapp beat out Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday for the job. The 25-year-old batted .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 107 games last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Mar 27 - 2:23 PM

Angels reassigned OF Eric Young Jr., OF Shane Robinson, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Deolis Guerra, INF Rey Navarro, and C Tony Sanchez to minor league camp.

No big shockers among this round of cuts from Angels camp. Young put up an .882 OPS in 46 at-bats this spring in Cactus League play, but he was always a longshot for a backup outfield job. The 31-year-old is a .246/.314/.327 career hitter at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 2:16 PM

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
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