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Padres purchased the contract of INF Cody Ransom from Triple-A Tucson.

Ransom made the team after Logan Forsythe had a setback with his foot injury. He has enough pop to where he could be relevant in NL-only leagues for a short time.
Sun, Mar 31, 2013 01:31:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Brewers "floated an extension in the $20 million range for Jonathan Villar, but he passed for now."

Villar isn't going to sell low on himself after breaking out to the tune of a .285/.369/.457 batting line with 19 home runs and 62 stolen bases in 156 games last season. The 25-year-old can become eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next winter. He will start at second base for Milwaukee in 2017 while earning right around the major league minimum.
Feb 23 - 2:18 PM

Matt Wieters' new contract with the Nationals is likely to be finalized Friday.

Wieters took his physical on Wednesday and was at Nationals camp Thursday, but the club is holding off on making the agreement official. It seems to be a simple procedural thing, as a 40-man roster spot still has to be cleared. There's been talk of a Derek Norris trade. Wieters will get $21 million guaranteed on the two-year pact with Washington and figures to carry decent fantasy value as the Nats' regular catcher.
Feb 23 - 2:08 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday in Nationals camp.

Scherzer has been eased into action this spring after battling a stress fracture in his right ring finger down the stretch in 2016. The ace right-hander told reporters last week that he could not commit to being ready for Opening Day, but it definitely hasn't been ruled out. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer threw the ball really well during a long toss session on Wednesday.
Feb 23 - 1:35 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Thursday that Kyle Schwarber is the clear frontrunner to bat leadoff.

Schwarber doesn't have the physique of a traditional leadoff man, but that bat plays anywhere and the No. 1 spot in the lineup just means more plate appearances. Schwarber, 23, owns an .831 OPS with 16 home runs and 43 RBI through his first 71 major league games. He went 7-for-17 (.412) with three walks last year in the World Series.
Feb 23 - 1:31 PM

Jake Peavy has yet to sign with a team due to family issues.

Peavy is going through a divorce, and he has four young sons. "It hurts not to be in spring training," the veteran right-hander told ESPN. "I know that day is coming, but right now being a dad is absolutely No. 1. There’s no way in a million years that I could leave my boys at this time." There should be a minor league contract out there somewhere for him when he's ready to return to the mound.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 23 - 10:58 AM

Josh Hamilton has no new structural damage in his surgically-repaired left knee.

Hamilton was flown to Houston on Wednesday for a thorough examination of the knee after experiencing a tweak while running Tuesday in Rangers camp. It's just some minor discomfort, but the veteran slugger won't participate in workouts for at least a couple days. He's a poor bet to stay healthy and productive in 2017.
Feb 23 - 10:04 AM

According to Jon Heyman, the Rangers are discussing a long-term extension with second baseman Rougned Odor.

Heyman says the Texas front office is "believed to have offered something in the range of the $52.5-million, six-year deal Jason Kipnis did as a pre-arb player with the Indians." Odor and Kipnis have the same agent, so this isn't some random comp. It sounds like the goal is to get something hammered out before the end of spring training. Odor, 23, tallied 33 home runs, 88 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 89 runs scored in 150 games last season for the Rangers. He is currently under control through 2020.
Feb 23 - 9:48 AM

Zach Britton told reporters Thursday morning that his oblique is improving.

Britton felt some discomfort on his side after throwing a bullpen session Monday in Orioles camp and he has been sitting out of workouts since. It's just a precautionary measure here in late February. The stud closer should be all caught up by the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Feb 23 - 9:03 AM

Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

"It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 12:03 AM

Todd Frazier suffered an oblique strain on Monday.

The issue was originally described as soreness in his lower left side. Either way, he's likely to be shut down for a few days. There's no need to take a chance with him this early in the spring.
Feb 22 - 2:38 PM

Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Josh Bell (knee) is ahead of schedule and has been cleared for everything except for full-speed running.

Great news. Bell underwent knee surgery three weeks ago, but he already progressed to taking some swings against Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday. The Pirates will ease him back into running, but it shouldn't take him long to get ready for game action.
Feb 22 - 12:57 PM




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