Player News

Date: Team: Pos:

Chris Sale and the Red Sox made changes to his offseason program this winter in hopes of keeping him fresh throughout the year.

"I showed up for spring training really ready to go," Sale said of last season, the final 11 starts of which he went 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA. "My arm was in midseason form. We’re going to gradually build that up." Sale will throw less ahead of the season and during spring, and may even skip a start or two during the year in hopes of keeping him in peak form until October. It's scary to think that the 28-year-old could be even better than the 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 308/43 K/BB ratio he posted in 2017, but that's what he and the club are aiming for.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 20 - 11:33 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) started a throwing program in October and hopes to have a normal spring.

Thornburg dealt with shoulder issues and had a piece of rib removed as part of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in June, ending his season before he ever threw a pitch for the Red Sox. He was expected to be a big part of the Sox bullpen before the injury issues, and a healthy Thornburg would pair with closer Craig Kimbrel to form one of the more devastating back ends of any bullpen in 2018.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 20 - 11:28 PM

Devon Travis (knee) said Saturday he expects to begin running within the next month.

"I feel good," he told reporters at the team's Winter Fest. He said he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee last June. If healthy, Travis should be the team's starting second baseman. His health woes, and the addition of Yangervis Solarte this winter, will be constant concerns throughout the year, though.
Jan 20 - 6:17 PM

Dalton Pompey on Saturday said "everything's good" after an injury-plagued 2017 season.

Speaking at the team's Winter Fest, Pompey said the concussion and knee issues that limited him to just 13 minor league games last year are in his rearview mirror. That's good news for the 25-year-old, who will have some competition if he hopes to win a major league spot this spring. It will be a competition to watch during spring training, but he's not on the mixed league radar at present.
Jan 20 - 6:12 PM

Josh Donaldson said Saturday he hasn't been in contact with the Blue Jays about a possible contract extension.

Donaldson has interest in a long-term deal with the club, but it hasn't been reciprocated, at least to the third baseman's knowledge. "To my knowledge, there hasn't been [any talks] up to this point," he said Saturday. "I think it will be a fluid situation at some point, it's just not now." The Jays are reported to have been approached about the impending free agent, but no talks have progressed to the point of being serious. Donaldson will make $23 million in 2018.
Jan 20 - 6:07 PM

Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday at the team's TwinsFest he's "totally on board" with signing free agent Yu Darvish or another free agent starter.

"Yes, I’m totally on board with that," Pohlad told fans. "There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there. I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody." Pohlad later admitted to being a Darvish fan, and Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said, "There is mutual interest in seeing if something makes sense for both parties. We’re not there yet today but that could accelerate here in the near future. We’ll see." The Twins are on the list of teams the 31-year-old is known to be considering, a list that recently also included the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, and Astros.
Jan 20 - 5:18 PM

Martin Perez (elbow) said Saturday that he plans to be ready for Opening Day.

Perez suffered a broken (non-throwing) elbow in a freak off-season accident involving a bull, but he claims that he's well ahead of schedule and will be with the Rangers when they open the regular season. The initial expectation was that he would miss the first month of the regular season. While it sounds like he may be ready for the start of the season, his fantasy outlook is still bleak after posting a 4.82 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 2017.
Jan 20 - 2:06 PM

Drew Pomeranz said Saturday that he's open to a long-term contract extension with the Red Sox, but thus far has not talked to the club about it.

Pomeranz will earn $8.5 million this season, his final year of arbitration-eligibility. He posted a stellar 3.32 ERA and 9.0 K/9 across 173 2/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2017. As long as he remains healthy, he should be a viable mid-range starter again in 2018.
Jan 20 - 1:55 PM

Indians signed LHP Adam Wilk to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Wilk will earn $560,000 if he makes the big league roster, and has an opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't crack the Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old posted a 9.00 ERA, 2.36 WHIP and 8/9 K/BB ratio in 14 innings at the big league level with the Twins and Mets in 2017.
Jan 20 - 12:43 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) said Saturday that he has been throwing from a distance of 90 feet without any issues.

The left-hander has yet to throw off a mound since his kneecap issue was fixed by surgery, but he's right on schedule in his rehab and feeling good by all accounts. He's unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season, but shouldn't be too far behind.
Jan 20 - 12:37 PM

Hanley Ramirez said Saturday that his shoulder is fully healthy and that he would like to play another 10 seasons in the big leagues.

Ramirez isn't worried about finding playing time in 2018, because he believes that if he hits he'll be in the lineup. The 34-year-old also noted that he has 30 homers and 100 RBI in him still. Ramirez hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers and 62 RBI in 2017. He's owed $22.75 million this season and has a $22 million vesting option for 2019 that kicks in if he reaches 497 plate appearances this season.
Jan 20 - 11:53 AM

Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports that Yandy Diaz will not require surgery for the sports hernia that he sustained during winter ball in Venezuela.

There had been speculation early in the off-season that the club would give Diaz a shot to be the club's everyday third baseman, but now they seem intent on moving Jose Ramirez back to the hot corner and Jason Kipnis back to second base. Diaz should be ready to go by spring training.
Jan 20 - 11:29 AM

Mike Clevinger made it clear on Friday that he has his sights set on winning a spot in the Indians' rotation in 2018.

The Indians have three spots already set in their rotation, with Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Clevinger left to fight it out for the final two spots. Clevinger told reporters "I'm not even thinking about the bullpen. I want to throw 200 innings." The 27-year-old hurler posted a 3.11 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 137/60 K/BB ratio across 121 2/3 innings with the Tribe in 2017.
Jan 20 - 9:06 AM

Orioles signed INF/OF Anderson Feliz to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old spent the 2017 season in the Pirates' organization where he slashed .230/.307/.350 with five homers, 43 RBI and 12 stolen bases between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. With his ability to play all four infield positions and the three outfield spots, he'll add valuable depth at Triple-A Norfolk.
Jan 20 - 8:04 AM

David Wright told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that he still plans to continue his playing career.

The 35-year-old missed the entire 2017 season due to multiple injuries. He underwent surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder and another operation to fix his lower back. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has promised to provide an update on Wright's status in late January, but the club isn't counting on him at this point. Wright played only 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015. Prior to that he was a perennial first-round pick in fantasy drafts for his combination of high batting average, power and speed.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Jan 19 - 10:39 PM



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Waivers: Cole

    Waivers: Cole's Time to Shine
  •  
    Matchups: Bortles vs. Texans

    Matchups: Bortles vs. Texans
  •  
    Dose: Osweiler leads DEN

    Dose: Osweiler leads DEN
  •  
    RotoPat: Start Rodgers

    RotoPat: Start Rodgers
  •  
    Rankings: Steelers on top

    Rankings: Steelers on top
  •  
    Dose: Rodgers returns for GB

    Dose: Rodgers returns for GB
  •  
    Waivers: Wentz replacements

    Waivers: Wentz replacements
  •  
    Dose: Miami upsets NE

    Dose: Miami upsets NE