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The Mets are among the teams that have recently scouted free agent reliever Kevin Siegrist, according to the North Jersey Record.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick recently reported about 20 scouts watched Siegrist throw in Florida on Thursday, so it's likely the Mets were represented at that session. A once-dominant reliever, the 28-year-old owned a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings this past season. If he showed anything at the showcase, a team could do worse than taking a shot on the southpaw on a minor league deal.
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Robbie Erlin (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions in anticipation of vying for a rotation spot this spring.

"Both of those guys, we like where they are right now," Padres manager Andy Green said of Erlin and Colin Rea. "And we like that they're heading back to pitching for us on, hopefully, a consistent basis. They're in the hunt for rotation spots right now." Erlin has made just six major league appearances since the start of the 2015 season and is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's one of 10 pitchers in the hunt for five rotation spots this spring.
Feb 17 - 6:45 PM

Colin Rea (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions without issue and is in the mix for a spot in the Padres' starting rotation.

"Both of those guys, we like where they are right now," Padres manager Andy Green said of Rea and Robbie Erlin, both of whom are recovering from Tommy John surgery. "And we like that they're heading back to pitching for us on, hopefully, a consistent basis. They're in the hunt for rotation spots right now." The Padres have 10 guys vying for five spots in the rotation, so it'll be an uphill climb for the 27-year-old, who hasn't pitched in the majors since the middle of the 2016 season.
Feb 17 - 6:36 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.

It's unclear if the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training. The 30-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2015. He split his 2017 season pitching for Double-A Arkansas (Mariners) and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Independent Atlantic League. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Feb 17 - 3:57 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Tony Watson's deal with the Giants guarantees the southpaw at least $9 million.

Crasnick also notes that the contract contains escalators and incentives that could drive the value up as high as $14 million over two seasons or $21 million over three seasons. That makes a whole lot more sense than the initial report which said it would be a three-year pact for $7 million.
Feb 17 - 3:44 PM

Felix Hernandez said that he felt good after his first bullpen session of the year on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander threw 27 pitches during the session. The M's plan to manage his workload a bit differently this year in an attempt to keep him healthy and effective for the duration of the season. He'll make his Cactus League debut on February 26 against the Cubs.
Feb 17 - 3:40 PM

Contrary to an earlier report, Alex Wood (ankle) threw a 28-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

There had bee an announcement that he would be held out from his session, but did participate in fielding drills, but it looks like he was feeling good enough to throw anyways. It doesn't sound like the ankle injury should be a problem moving forward.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Indians signed OF Rajai Davis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com had reported earlier in the day that the two sides were nearing an agreement and now it's a done deal. He'll compete for a spot as a reserve outfielder with the Tribe.
Feb 17 - 3:13 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Shohei Ohtani will be available to both pinch-hit and pinch-run on the days that he isn't starting.

Scioscia noted that normally he would never utilize a starting pitcher as a pinch-runner, but with the club proceeding with just a three-man bench they'll need to utilize Ohtani's versatility.
Feb 17 - 3:03 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers will not sign Seung Hwan Oh.

There had been a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic earlier this month that the two sides had reached an agreement, but in recent days there had been rumblings that maybe something went awry with his physical. The 35-year-old right-hander will continue to look for work elsewhere.
Feb 17 - 3:00 PM

Gleyber Torres (elbow) has been a full participant in camp and will have no restrictions this spring.

The top prospect is coming back from Tommy John surgery, but is fully recovered and there shouldn't be any lingering issues. He's expected to begin the season as the club's starting second baseman.
Feb 17 - 1:30 PM

Giants signed LHP Tony Watson to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The deal includes a player option for a third season and has incentives that could run the total higher. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported late Friday that the two sides had reached an agreement and it's now official. It's a terrific get for the Giants who also managed to do so while staying under the luxury tax.
Feb 17 - 12:18 PM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are closing in on a minor league deal with Rajai Davis.

It's expected to be a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp. Davis played a pivotal role on the Indians' 2016 team that fell to the Cubs in the final game of the World Series.
Feb 17 - 12:04 PM

Scooter Gennett won his arbitration case against the Reds and will earn $5.7 million in 2018.

The Reds had countered his request with $5.1 million. Gennett had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .295/.342/.531 with 27 bombs and 97 RBI in only 141 games. He's locked into a spot in the middle of the Reds' lineup and could be poised for even bigger things in 2018.
Feb 17 - 12:01 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) will not throw a bullpen session on Saturday but is scheduled to participate in pitcher's fielding practice drills.

Wood suffered a minor ankle sprain on Thursday, but it isn't expected to impact him much going forward. He'll be back on the mound in a day or two.
Feb 17 - 11:46 AM



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