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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

Dustin Pedroia (knee) told reporters Saturday that he feels great and is no longer in any pain.

Pedroia noted that throughout the 2017 season, it hurt to get up and walk around, but that he could tell immediately after his surgery that the issue had been corrected. The Red Sox still plan to take things cautiously with him during spring training, but barring any setbacks there's a chance he could be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 17 - 9:25 AM

Manny Machado made it clear on Saturday that he wants to remain at shortstop when he hits free agency following the 2018 season.

Machado also said that he would like to stay with the Orioles, but understands the business side of the decision. So far, there have been no talks between Machado and the O's about a possible contract extension. Allowing him to play shortstop during the 2018 season should be a step in the right direction for the Orioles though regarding the chances of keeping him in Baltimore.
Feb 17 - 9:17 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants have finalized a contract with free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Full details of the contract have yet to be announced, but it's believed to be a multi-year deal. Heyman also notes that the Giants have reportedly found a way to ink Watson and still manage to stay under the $197-million luxury tax threshold. One of the top bullpen arms available on the market, he'll bolster the back of the Giants bullpen and could even challenge for save chances if Mark Melancon struggles.
Feb 17 - 8:29 AM

Phillies signed LHP Fernando Abad to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 3.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37/14 K/BB ratio across 42 2/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2017. He should have a decent shot of cracking the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen with a strong showing in the spring.
Feb 17 - 8:17 AM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Chris Tillman is choosing between the Orioles, Twins, and two mystery teams, with his decision expected in the next three days.

Tillman suffered through a dreadful 2017 season with the Orioles, posting a 1-7 record with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. In the five previous seasons he went a combined 65-33 with a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts. He is believed to be leaning toward a one-year contract with a low guaranteed salary and the potential to earn lucrative incentive-based compensation. He will try to rebuild his value in the hopes of landing a big-money deal next winter.
Feb 17 - 12:06 AM

Dilson Herrera has fully recovered from his shoulder injury and is expected to be a full participant in spring training.

Herrera was the Reds' big return in the Jay Bruce trade with the Mets in August of 2016, but soon hurt his shoulder and has struggled to stay on the field since. He is now out of minor league options, meaning the Reds will have to keep him in the majors or risk losing him on waivers. Herrera was once a top prospect who reached the majors at the tender age of 20 and is still quite young (he turns 24 on March 3rd). He will battle for a utility role with the big club this spring but has the talent to eventually become a quality everyday starter.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Feb 16 - 7:26 PM

Marcus Stroman said he's interested in a potential multi-year contract extension with the Blue Jays.

He seems to have gotten over the bitterness he expressed on Twitter after losing his arbitration hearing on Thursday. Yesterday he wrote "The negative things that were said against me, by my own team, will never leave my mind." He subsequently deleted the tweet. Today he said he is "hoping to have talks soon. I want to be here and I want to be here long-term. I just want to feel like I'm wanted here." The Blue Jays currently have team control over Stroman for three more years. He went 13-9 with a stellar 3.09 ERA in 33 starts last year.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 16 - 7:16 PM

Reds prospect RHP Jacob Ehret was suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer broke the news. The 24-year-old relief pitcher's performance regressed last year following a pair of strong campaigns in 2015 and 2016. Splitting time between Single-A Daytona and Double-A Pensacola he amassed a 7.62 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
Feb 16 - 7:01 PM



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