Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Rays.
Robert Murray of FanRag Sports hears that it came down the Rays and Blue Jays and Norris picked the smaller contract because he thinks he'll have a better chance at playing time in Tampa. He should play pretty regularly with the Rays until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready for catching duties, which probably won't be for a few months into the season. Norris has solid pop for a catcher but is coming off a season where he put up a hideous .186/.255/.328 batting line.
Will Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week.
A pair of doctors recommended it, and Smith has decided to go under the knife now rather than risk a failed rehab attempt that could delay his start to 2018. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Smith is under team control through 2019.
Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano aren't playing Friday due to a cold.
James Paxton and others are also under the weather, as there's an illness going around the Mariners' clubhouse. They should all be back up to speed shortly.
Jarrod Dyson remains out of game action due to soreness in his legs.
He's been dealing with fatigue in his legs for a week now, although the Mariners think he'll be ready to play by Sunday. It doesn't sound like a big deal but is obviously worth tracking given how much of Dyson's value is derived from his legs. For what it's worth, the speedster is 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this spring.
Jose Quintana has been named the White Sox' Opening Day starter.
That's assuming he's not traded before then. Quintana was the obvious choice to take the ball in the opener, of course, following the team's offseason trade of Chris Sale. The left-hander boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and has made at least 32 starts each of those years.
Tyler Thornburg (arm) walked one and struck out two over a scoreless inning in a minor league game Friday.
He was clocked in the 91-94 mph range with his fastball. Thornburg has been going through a "dead arm" phase that has limited him to just two Grapefruit League appearances. However, Friday's showing looks to be a positive step and there remains hope that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Adam Rosales is dealing with a minor shoulder injury.
As a result, he'll play in a minor league game Friday instead of a Cactus League action. Rosales should be fine.
Khris Davis will be held out of game action until at least Sunday because of a minor quad injury.
It sounds like the Athletics are just being cautious with their slugger here. Davis is batting .250 this spring and has yet to homer after going deep 42 times in his first season in Oakland.