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Phillies designated INF/OF Michael Martinez for assignment.

Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday, but the move clears a spot for J.C. Ramirez on the 40-man roster. The 30-year-old utilityman should go through waivers unclaimed and remain in the organization.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 11:20:00 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

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox were still in negotiations for J.D. Martinez on Monday.

There's nothing to indicate that anything is close, but the two sides have been an obvious match all offseason and remain in touch. Something will have to give eventually, though, as Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe wrote earlier Monday that the Red Sox were "prepared to move on entirely or to another player." Of course, that could just be posturing. The Red Sox reportedly have a five-year offer in the $100 million range on the table while the Diamondbacks might not be willing to match such a guarantee.
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that it's a one-year guaranteed major league deal worth $1 million. Benoit, now 40 years old, posted a shaky 4.65 ERA in 52 appearances last year between the Pirates and Phillies. He figures to operate in middle relief.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (heel) couldn't say for sure Monday that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tulowitzki missed the final two months last season with ligament damage in his right ankle and it was revealed last week that he's been dealing with a chronic bone spur in his right heel. He said he felt good on the field Monday, but that he plans to take it "day by day." There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but fortunately the Blue Jays have Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as insurance for their middle infield.
Feb 19 - 2:28 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

Joe Musgrove said Monday that he's not concerned about his shoulder.

Musgrove was forced to skip a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to shoulder discomfort, but he downplayed it as "a little precautionary rest" and doesn't expect it to keep him off the field for long. There's obviously no reason to take any chances this early in camp. The Pirates will continue to monitor him before ramping things up again.
Feb 19 - 9:41 AM




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