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Rockies activated LHP Christian Friedrich from the 60-day disabled list.

Friedrich is still recovering from a stress fracture of his L5 vertebrae in his lower back, but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a dismal 6.17 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in his first season with the Rockies.
Sat, Nov 3, 2012 09:59:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired OF Steven Souza from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

Tampa Bay received second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda plus two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks. Brandon Drury is going to New York. Souza had a career year with the Rays in 2017, posting an .810 OPS with 30 home runs in 148 games, and he should maintain a good amount of fantasy value in Arizona, even with a humidor coming to Chase Field. The 28-year-old outfielder is under control through 2020. He'll make $3.55 million in 2018 -- his first year of arbitration.
Feb 20 - 7:58 PM

Yankees acquired INF Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade.

New York is sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and right-handed pitching prospect Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks. Arizona will also get outfielder Steven Souza from Tampa Bay. Drury has long been of interest to the Yankees and figures to open the 2018 season as their starting third baseman, allowing prospect Miguel Andujar to get a little more seasoning in the minor leagues. Drury also has a lot of experience at second base and some in the corner outfield. He flashed decent power in Arizona and could carry deep-league fantasy value in the Bronx. The 25-year-old is under control through 2021.
Feb 20 - 7:53 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he has kept an "open dialogue" with Clayton Kershaw about his contract status.

Kershaw has an opt-out after the 2018 season and figures to exercise it if everything goes smoothly for him this summer. Zaidi wouldn't comment on whether the two parties have already discussed a contract extension. Kershaw, 29, is currently due $35.57 million this season, $34.57 million next season, and $35.57 million for 2020. The ace left-hander registered a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio across 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 20 - 6:11 PM

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez will be free to sign with a Major League Baseball team on March 6.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that this "doesn't necessarily mean Martinez will sign during the current signing period, since some teams have already exhausted their 2017-18 bonus pools." The 21-year-old could instead wait until July 2, when the 2018-19 signing period begins. Badler pegs the Marlins, Rangers, and Yankees as the early favorites for Martinez, who batted .333/.469/.498 in 264 plate appearances during his final season in Cuba, with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts, and 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Feb 20 - 5:13 PM

The Angels will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

Angel Stadium should be slightly more hitter-friendly than it has been in the past. The Angels have a right-handed heavy lineup, but the lefty-swinging Kole Calhoun should be happy to hear the news. This is one of those scenarios that could help Shohei Ohtani as a hitter (he hits left-handed) and potentially come back to bite him as a pitcher.
Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has begun hitting off a tee.

It's a baby step, but it's great news for the Mets. Conforto is making progress from left shoulder surgery, but he doesn't plan to rush his way back to the majors. His goal remains May 1, though the timetable could obviously change. The Mets re-signed Jay Bruce during the offseason, so Conforto is lined up to play center field upon his return.
Feb 20 - 12:31 PM

Reds prospect Nick Senzel will work exclusively at shortstop and third base in camp.

Well, that's interesting. Senzel has even been working with Reds great Barry Larkin on adjusting to shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is in place at third base and remains under team control for another couple of years, so adding shortstop to Senzel's resume could put him in the best position to contribute soon. After hitting .321/.391/.514 between High-A and Double-A last year, he's clearly not far off. It will be an interesting situation to follow this spring.
Feb 20 - 11:38 AM

Padres signed 1B Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract.

Hosmer passed his physical Monday and the Padres have officially announced the deal. He will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday. The contract contains an opt-out clause after five years, so the Padres are technically only on the hook for $105 million. Hosmer has failed to produce at a high level consistently at the plate, but he is coming off the best season of his career, having put up a .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs. He will push Wil Myers to a corner outfield spot.
Feb 19 - 10:39 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Jarrod Dyson to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier Monday and has now been made official. Dyson is coming off a season in which he batted .251/.324/.350 with five home runs, 30 RBI and 28 steals for the Mariners. The D'Backs might not be done adding outfield help, but for now Dyson seems most likely to form the strong side of a platoon in left field with Yasmany Tomas.
Feb 19 - 8:12 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports that a deal between the Red Sox and J.D. Martinez is "done."

It's a five-year, $110 million contract with opt outs after the second and third years of the deal. The deal is front-loaded, as Martinez will make $50 million in the first two years and $72 million in the first three, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that there was momentum for a deal between the two sides. The Red Sox and Martinez seemed destined to wind up together even as it took much longer than expected. He will serve as Boston's designated hitter, pushing Hanley Ramirez to first base.
Feb 19 - 5:19 PM

Bryce Harper said in his first media session of the spring Monday that he doesn't want to discuss anything beyond the 2018 season.

"Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all," said Harper. "I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys." Barring something unexpected, Harper is likely looking at record-breaking contract in free agency, so it's going to be a challenge to avoid the topic altogether. But he's going to do his best. Harper missed time down the stretch last season with a knee injury, but he said Monday that he reported to camp at 100 percent.
Feb 19 - 3:45 PM




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