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Manny Ramirez is expected to make his debut with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.

Ramirez agreed on a minor league deal with the Rangers earlier this week and has been working out the team's Triple-A affiliate over the past couple of days. The 41-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and didn't show much power in a small sample with the A's Triple-A affiliate last season, but the Rangers want to see if there's still something left in the tank. We're not expecting much, but he should be picked up in AL-only leagues just in case.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 05:09:00 PM

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

Twins GM Thad Levine noted this week that Miguel Sano brought a "generous carriage" into spring training.

In other not-as-kind words, the 24-year-old slugger put on extra weight this winter while mostly incapacitated due to a lingering stress reaction in his left shin. The injury led to Sano missing a number of weeks down the stretch last season along with the Twins' big American League Wild Card Game matchup against the Yankees. There were already concerns about Sano's conditioning level in 2017 and he is still awaiting word on MLB's investigation into a sexual assault claim against him. He may be facing a suspension to open the 2018 regular season. Perhaps he could use that time off to get in better shape.
Feb 21 - 3:26 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

The one-year deal -- which is pending a physical -- will come with a $4 million guarantee, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gomez struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter despite posting an .802 OPS with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games last season with the Rangers. He battled hamstring, shoulder, and ankle ailments throughout the year, but with better health this could be a nice bounceback situation for both Gomez and the rebuilding Rays. The 32-year-old will play a corner outfield spot, with defensive maestro Kevin Kiermaier sticking in center field.
Feb 21 - 1:33 PM

Orioles signed OF Colby Rasmus to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rasmus walked away from the Rays last July after struggling to make a full recovery from hip surgery, but he apparently made positive strides this winter and should find himself in a right-field platoon this season in Baltimore. The 31-year-old posted a strong .896 OPS with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 37 games last summer for Tampa Bay before being placed on the disabled list (and then the restricted list). He could be an attractive DFS play at Camden Yards, but it's hard to put any trust in him in a season-long fantasy league.
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been suspended 50 games for a violation of the minor league drug program.

It's unclear what drug he tested positive for. Whitley is considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball and should still be in line to make his major league debut at some point in 2018, though this is obviously a real career hiccup. The 20-year-old right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings (18 starts, five relief appearances) last season between three different levels of the Astros' minor league system. He finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi.
Feb 21 - 10:52 AM

Orioles re-signed RHP Chris Tillman to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and then finalized Wednesday after Tillman reported to Orioles camp in Sarasota, Florida and passed his physical. Tillman registered a brutal 7.84 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over 93 innings (19 starts, five relief appearances) last season with Baltimore, but it sounds like he has a good shot at claiming an Opening Day rotation spot for 2018.
Feb 21 - 9:31 AM

Marlins signed OF Cameron Maybin to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

The deal also includes some performance-based incentives. Maybin played for the Fish from 2008-2010 after being traded from the Tigers as part of a blockbuster deal that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit. The 30-year-old could open the 2018 season as Miami's starting center fielder, allowing youngsters Lewis Brinson and Magneuris Sierra a little more time in the minor leagues. Maybin also played a lot of right field and left field last year between the Angels and Astros. He'll get regular playing time with the Marlins and has the speed and pop to generate meaningful mixed-league fantasy value.
Feb 21 - 9:17 AM

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




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