Rockies signed C Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract.
Hanigan caught on quickly after being cut loose by the Phillies on Monday. It's unclear whether the plan is for the Rockies to immediately add him to the big league roster, but he could serve as Tony Wolters' backup while Tom Murphy (forearm) recovers.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are willing to eat the entirety of Mike Pelfrey's $8 million salary in order to move him in a trade.
Pelfrey never had a real shot at a rotation spot this spring, and he's struggled with a 7.36 ERA. It appears the Tigers would rather just free up the roster spot than try him out in long relief. While Detroit might be trying to deal him, he'll probably just wind up being released. Pelfrey held a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 2016.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Matt Boyd will open the season as the Tigers' fifth starter.
He beat out veteran Anibal Sanchez for the gig. Sanchez had an awful start this spring but came on really strong of late after tweaking his mechanics. However, Boyd has been arguably the Tigers' best pitcher all camp, putting up a 2.49 ERA and 21/0 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. The left-hander holds a 5.64 ERA over his first 154 2/3 frames in the majors, but he's been excellent in the minors and is a worthy late-round flier in fantasy formats. Sanchez will pitch in long relief.
Martin Maldonado drove in five runs Tuesday to help the Angels rout the Athletics 14-3 in Cactus League play.
Maldonado hit a two-run single in the Angels' five-run fifth inning and then slugged a three-run homer in the sixth off A's minor leaguer Grant Holmes. Even after the big day, Maldonado is still batting just .133 with a .445 OPS this spring. He'll open the 2017 regular season as the Angels' primary catcher.
Jimmy Rollins is not expected to make the Giants' Opening Day roster.
Rollins was trying to make it as a utility player, but he was awful this spring with just five hits in 40 at-bats. It sounds like the Giants would like him to play at Triple-A Sacramento, but the 38-year-old seems unlikely to agree to that. This could be the end of the line.
Adam Conley will be part of the Marlins' rotation.
The Marlins intentionally left Conley out when they listed their first four starters last week, perhaps in an effort to get him into gear in what's been a tough spring. However, there ultimately wasn't much doubt that he'd get the last spot, and he could easily be the team's best starter. "[Conley’s] spring hasn’t been great, and we know that," manager Don Mattingly said. "But his body of work has been pretty good." Conley beat out Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena for the fifth spot. Urena is out of options and will stick around as a long reliever.
Orlando Arcia slugged a pair of home runs Tuesday in the Brewers' 13-12 Cactus League win over the Indians.
Arcia launched a solo shot off Corey Kluber in the bottom of the second and then got to Kluber again in the fourth for a two-run job. The young shortstop finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. We should see a big leap in his development in 2017.
Corey Kluber surrendered five earned runs over five innings in his final Cactus League start Tuesday against the Brewers.
Kluber gave up two home runs to Orlando Arcia and one to Ryan Braun. He allowed six hits in total, with two walks and six strikeouts. It probably wasn't the final spring pitching line that Kluber was hoping for, but it's also nothing to worry about. The ace right-hander will take the bump for the Indians on Opening Day against the Rangers.