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Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

"It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 12:03 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Wandy Peralta is a potential option for the Opening Day bullpen.

As matters currently stand, the only southpaw locked into the Reds' pen for Opening Day is Tony Cingrani. Peralta, 25, would give Price another option. "On the days that we don’t have [Cingrani]," Price said, "it would be a really nice thing to be able to matchup a left-hander against some of the better left-handers in our division and in the National League." Last season, Peralta saw 7 1/3 innings of work with the major league team. His debut in the bigs didn't turn out so hot, as he surrendered seven runs on 11 hits in that space. In a larger sample size, he posted a 2.50 ERA and 58/26 K/BB ratio across 75 2/3 frames split between Double- and Triple-A in 2016.
Feb 22 - 10:08 PM

Chad Bettis said that he received a clean bill of health following blood work which was done on Tuesday.

Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer in November. He told MLB Network Radio in early January that he was cancer-free. So far, so good. "I got the blood work back from the doctor, met with him today, and he said my tumor markers are not detectable," Bettis said on Wednesday. While this is nothing but stellar news, the Rockies will be understandably playing it safe with the 27-year-old right-hander this spring. He is not slated to pitch first time through the Cactus League rotation. A simulated game awaits him next Tuesday as he works toward Opening Day.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 22 - 7:17 PM

Cubs OF prospect Eloy Jimenez said that he hopes to make the Opening Day roster.

"I think [it’s possible]. All I’ve got to do is play good and prove to them that I’m ready to play, and see what happens," Jimenez said through a Spanish language interpreter. It might be a fun thought, but don't count it as a realistic one. The 20-year-old spent the 2016 season at Low-A South Bend, where he hit .329/.369/.532 with 14 homers and 81 RBI over 432 at-bats. Fine numbers, to be sure, but an outright jump to the Cubbies at this point in his development would be a major surprise.
Feb 22 - 6:43 PM

Dawel Lugo homered Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

He opened the fourth inning with a line drive homer to left field. Lugo also scored on a double by Oswaldo Arcia after pinch-running for Jake Lamb in the first. The 22-year-old was a beast in the minors last year, hitting .311 with 17 homers and 62 RBI between High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. Lugo is inching closer to the big leagues. Maybe we'll even see him as a September call-up later this year.
Feb 22 - 5:48 PM

Jack Reinheimer plated a pair of runs Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Reinheimer only logged one at-bat in the Diamondbacks’ opener but made the most of it by ripping a two-run single to right field in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old will likely begin the year in Triple-A but he could make a big league cameo at some point in 2017. Reinheimer didn’t hit for much power last season (two homers in 500 at-bats) but made up for it by hitting .288 with 20 steals for Triple-A Reno.
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Jack Reinheimer plated a pair of runs Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Reinheimer only logged one at-bat in the Diamondbacks’ opener but made the most of it by ripping a two-run single to right field in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old will likely begin the year in Triple-A but he could make a big league cameo at some point in 2017. Reinheimer didn’t hit for much power last season (two homers in 500 at-bats) but made up for it by hitting .288 with 20 steals for Triple-A Reno.
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Anthony Banda picked up the win in his spring training debut Wednesday versus Grand Canyon University, yielding one walk in a scoreless inning of work.

Banda drew the start and navigated his way through a relatively uneventful first inning. 11 of his 19 pitches went for strikes and all three of his outs came on ground balls. The 23-year-old held his own at Triple-A last season, logging a respectable 3.67 ERA over 13 starts for Reno. He’s a long shot to make the D-backs' Opening Day roster but should debut in the big leagues at some point in 2017.
Feb 22 - 5:37 PM

Oswaldo Arcia supplied two hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Arcia plated a run with a first-inning double before clubbing a two-run homer in the fourth. It was a fine debut but Arcia will need to stay hot if he wants to make the Opening Day roster. The 25-year-old was a bit of a journeyman last year, appearing in games for four different clubs. The Diamondbacks have a full outfield at the moment, so the best Arcia could hope for is to make the team as a left-handed bench bat.
Feb 22 - 5:33 PM

Jake Lamb drove in a run Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Lamb doubled home a run in his only at-bat of the game. Dawel Lugo pinch-ran for him with one out in the first inning. Doubling against an obscure college in February doesn’t mean much, but Lamb should be in for another big season after breaking out for a career-high 29 homers in 2016. The 26-year-old boasts impressive power but will have to cut down on his strikeouts after whiffing 154 times in 523 at-bats last year.
Feb 22 - 5:30 PM

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette passes along that Jason Stoffel (shoulder) is "expected to be cleared for bullpens shortly."

Stoffel is currently day-to-day with right shoulder discomfort. If he is to have any chance of landing a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen -- already a somewhat dubious proposition -- a rapid recovery will be paramount. Splitting time between Double- and Triple-A with the Orioles in 2016, the 28-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.44 ERA with a 78/20 K/BB ratio over the course of 59 innings pitched. The Pirates signed him to a minor league contract at the end of November.
Feb 22 - 5:21 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Hunter Pence (oblique) is "ready to go" for Friday's Cactus League opener.

Pence is dealing with an intercostal injury initially sustained prior to the start of spring camp. He took part in batting practice on Wednesday, though, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for long term concern. Said Bochy, "I’ll make that call [Thursday] once I talk to the staff, but Hunter assured me he’s a full go with no limitations, and he really wants to play [on Friday]."
Source: CSN Bay Area
Feb 22 - 4:59 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli (foot) has been cleared for "modified baseball activities."

Cervelli felt discomfort in his right foot during a workout this past Sunday. While it doesn't appear to be serious, the Pirates would like to make sure that this won't be a lingering issue before they give him the all-clear to catch for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic later this spring. Fair enough for the club to proceed with caution, here, as Cervelli hasn't exactly proven to be the most durable of players. Last season, he appeared in just 101 games due to injury concerns.
Feb 22 - 4:52 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played long toss on Wednesday.

"I was really shocked he was throwing as hard as he was and as well as he did," said manager Dusty Baker of Scherzer's long-toss work. The reigning NL Cy Young winner is working his way back from a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right right finger, diagnosed in January. He has yet to begin throwing off the mound, as he is still experiencing some pain. His availability for Opening Day should clarify over the coming weeks.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 22 - 4:23 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that prospect Sandy Alcantara could pitch in the majors this coming season.

It would be quite the jump for Alcantara, as he did not pitch above High-A ball in 2016. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 3.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 153/59 K/BB ratio across 122 2/3 minor league frames this past season. The Cardinals are not shy about moving their pitching prospects along rapidly if they show promise -- both Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez skipped Triple-A when they made their major league debuts.
Feb 22 - 4:13 PM



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