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WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that the Red Sox are "closing in on an agreement" with Mike Napoli.

The deal is believed to be for three years. Napoli slugged a total of 54 home runs and tallied a total of 131 RBI over his last two seasons with the Rangers, and should add a nice element of power to the heart of the Red Sox order. He is expected to start at first base for Boston.
Source: WEEI.com
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 10:37:00 AM

Justin Verlander did some light tossing on Sunday and reported improvement with his ailing right triceps.

He was lifted from an appearance Friday due to soreness in his triceps but is starting to feel a bit better. The Tigers don't appear overly concerned here, but Verlander could still potentially miss his first start of the season with Opening Day so close. It's not known yet whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start.
Mar 29 - 11:22 AM

Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley has been bothered by a back issue a couple times this spring and missed a few games this time around. Still, the Indians appeared to have just been exercising caution here. A breakout star last season, Brantley will be ready to roll on Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 29 - 11:16 AM

The Marlins have named Henderson Alvarez their Opening Day starter.

He'll toe the rubber on April 6 versus the Braves. The honor for Alvarez is well earned, as the right-hander is coming off a season where he held a 2.65 ERA across 30 starts. His fantasy value is held down by his lack of strikeouts, but he's still a mixed league-worthy asset.
Mar 29 - 10:59 AM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports that the Diamondbacks are "getting trade calls" regarding Aaron Hill.

Murray adds that it's "unclear who has expressed interest in Hill, but at least a few teams have come calling about him." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the D'Backs were shopping Hill, so this comes as no surprise. With the club considering going with Nick Ahmed at shortstop and Chris Owings at second base, they'd probably be better off moving Hill if they can find a taker. He's owed $24 million through the end of next season.
Mar 29 - 10:31 AM

The Red Sox have named Clay Buchholz their Opening Day starter.

Buchholz will take on the Phillies on April 6 and will be followed by Rick Porcello. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 2014 season that saw him post a 5.34 ERA over 28 starts, but he's been excellent this spring with an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. The Red Sox' rotation is looking pretty shaky heading into the season.
Mar 29 - 10:03 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara is "not likely" to be ready for Opening Day after feeling more discomfort in his left hamstring during a bullpen session Saturday.

It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but the veteran reliever has dealt with the hamstring ailment for nearly two weeks now and doesn't seem to be getting much better. Edward Mujica will be the primary closer for the Red Sox until Uehara is ready, although Farrell wouldn't rule out using Junichi Tazawa, Tommy Layne and Alexi Ogando should the matchups present themselves.
Mar 29 - 10:00 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted Sunday that Jayson Werth (shoulder) being ready for Opening Day would be "a stretch."

It comes as no surprise after Williams revealed recently that Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit. The outfielder did have a good session of batting practice Saturday but isn't quite ready for game action yet and is simply running out of time. Werth seems likely to be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Tyler Moore should see most of the at-bats in left field until Werth returns.
Mar 29 - 9:54 AM

Yankees re-signed RHP Jared Burton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Burton was just released on Thursday but is now back in camp. It's an unusual occurrence, but it's not a surprise that Burton didn't take long to find work -- even if it's at the same place he had been. The veteran reliever has been dealing with a strained lat but played catch on Sunday. He's likely to make the team but begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 9:19 AM

Braves released LHP James Russell.

By releasing him now, the Braves will only have to pay Russell $606,000 of the $2.425 million he's owed. Still, it's a surprising decision given how steady the southpaw has been the last few seasons. Russell posted a 2.97 ERA and a 42/20 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs and Braves. The 29-year-old will catch on elsewhere in short order.
Mar 29 - 9:04 AM

Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez died Saturday as the result of a boat accident.

Sanchez was hit by a boat while swimming in Venezuela in February, sustaining a fractured skull. He had emergency surgery and was in a coma in recent weeks, but he was just never able to recover. It's a tragedy that transcends baseball. Sanchez was 20 years old.
Mar 28 - 10:31 PM

Kris Bryant continued his assault on Cactus League pitching Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Rockies.

Bryant doubled in the first inning and later added three singles. The third baseman now has 17 hits in 37 at-bats (.459) during spring. He's not expected to open the season at the major league level, though, and is still ticketed for Triple-A Iowa.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM




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