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Torii Hunter is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Hunter missed the previous two contests after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, but he's feeling good enough to give it a go Friday. The veteran outfielder is sporting a .271/.308/.455 batting line with 15 homers and 62 RBI this season.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 03:28:00 PM

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 contract.

Financial details are not yet available, but Maybin has already reported to Marlins camp in Jupiter, Florida and passed the necessary pre-signing physical. 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

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles "have turned their focus to a potential deal" with Colby Rasmus.

There was some question about whether Rasmus would return to baseball in 2018 after stepping away from the Rays last July due in part to complications related to his surgically-repaired hip. But the word is he has "mutual interest" in striking a deal with the O's. Encina says the 31-year-old would compete for a platoon spot in right field. Rasmus, a left-handed hitter, put up a .915 OPS against righties when he was healthy last season, though it was a small sample size.
Feb 21 - 8:51 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

The Angels will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

Angel Stadium should be slightly more hitter-friendly than it has been in the past. The Angels have a right-handed heavy lineup, but the lefty-swinging Kole Calhoun should be happy to hear the news. This is one of those scenarios that could help Shohei Ohtani as a hitter (he hits left-handed) and potentially come back to bite him as a pitcher.
Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

Michael Conforto (shoulder) has begun hitting off a tee.

It's a baby step, but it's great news for the Mets. Conforto is making progress from left shoulder surgery, but he doesn't plan to rush his way back to the majors. His goal remains May 1, though the timetable could obviously change. The Mets re-signed Jay Bruce during the offseason, so Conforto is lined up to play center field upon his return.
Feb 20 - 12:31 PM

Reds prospect Nick Senzel will work exclusively at shortstop and third base in camp.

Well, that's interesting. Senzel has even been working with Reds great Barry Larkin on adjusting to shortstop. Eugenio Suarez is in place at third base and remains under team control for another couple of years, so adding shortstop to Senzel's resume could put him in the best position to contribute soon. After hitting .321/.391/.514 between High-A and Double-A last year, he's clearly not far off. It will be an interesting situation to follow this spring.
Feb 20 - 11:38 AM




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