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Indians signed 2B/OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract.

He'll be invited to spring training and should wind up with an Opening Day roster spot. Raburn is coming off a miserable 2012 season in which he hit just .171/.226/.254, but he'll offer the Indians versatility and a strong history (.796 OPS) against left-handed pitching.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.

Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn’t moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Feb 23 - 12:07 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gonzalez is a "possibility" for the White Sox and that there's "been some contact" with the Astros, as well.

CarGo would provide the White Sox with a much-needed power bat either in a corner outfield spot and/or the designated hitter slot. Of course, Chicago probably isn't going to contend anytime soon and if CarGo gets a short-term deal it makes it a curious fit. The Astros could use Gonzalez in a corner spot and/or DH, as well, and would make more sense as a destination on a one-year "pillow" contract. The Orioles are one team that's been connected to Gonzalez, although they might move on after signing Colby Rasmus. The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo.
Feb 23 - 11:30 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi said on MLB Network Thursday that the White Sox "could be a fit" for Mike Moustakas.

Morosi cautions that he's "not entirely sure how aggressively they are courting (Moustakas) right now" and also notes that general manager Rich Hahn told The Athletic this week that he's not really looking at any additions from outside the organization. However, Morosi was told by multiple executives that the White Sox "might be the most logical remaining fit" for Moustakas at this point. "Moose" hasn't been able to gain much traction in the market this offseason.
Feb 23 - 11:25 AM

Jonathan Schoop is dealing with bursitis in his left elbow.

Schoop banged the elbow on something and had to have it drained after it swelled up on him. He was scratched from Friday's lineup and the Orioles couldn't say for sure when he'll return to action, but it shouldn't be too long. It's the second baseman's non-throwing elbow.
Feb 23 - 10:46 AM

X-rays and an MRI on Matt Chapman's right hand came back negative.

Chapman has a bruised sesamoid bone in the hand and was given a cortisone shot to combat some inflammation, but he has no structural damage and should be fine. The third baseman figures to be ready for Cactus League action in short order.
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and it's been recommended he undergo Tommy John surgery.

The initial diagnosis for Honeywell was a strained right forearm, but as doctors looked at him further the bad news was discovered. It's obviously a huge bummer, as Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and had been slated to play a big role with the Rays this season. He'll get a second opinion but plans to have surgery as soon as possible. Honeywell will obviously miss the entire 2018 season and will probably get a late start to 2019, as well.
Feb 23 - 8:31 AM

Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws.
Feb 22 - 1:23 PM

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Saturday.

The Angels are set to host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Ohtani will probably go about two innings in his first live appearance in a major league uniform. He'll presumably see his first action as a hitter early next week, though that plan is a little less certain at the moment.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that Austin Barnes came into spring training with some right elbow discomfort.

Roberts told reporters that Barnes could catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers will play it safe and limit him to DH action for the first week of Cactus League games. It's something worth monitoring throughout the spring, though this doesn't sound like an overly serious concern. Barnes is expected to share time at catcher this year with Yasmani Grandal.
Feb 22 - 12:05 PM

Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Young suffered the injury during a workout earlier this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he only expects to miss 10 days, but calf strains can sometimes take 2-4 weeks to fully recover from. It's very possible the veteran outfielder will run out of time and have to open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Angels on February 18 and projects to serve as an active fourth outfielder if his health cooperates.
Feb 22 - 11:06 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that hold-up in J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized is related to logistics in reviewing medical reports.

There was a belief that Martinez would have his deal with the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday, but Drellich says that finalization will likely come Thursday, at the earliest. Because the Red Sox's medical team is Boston-based and there are often specialists involved in these physical exams -- particularly on contracts as large as Martinez's -- there is understandably a longer wait for everything to get sorted out. Drellich also cautions there are no issues anticipated with the examination(s), so there's no reason to panic. Martinez, 30, has agreed to a five-year $110 million contract with the Red Sox that contains opt outs after the second and third years.
Feb 21 - 6:55 PM




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