Lowdown: Hosmer Gets Paid

Lowdown: Hosmer Gets Paid
Dave Shovein recaps the Padres' franchise-record contract for Eric Hosmer and the Rays' flurry of moves in Monday's Offseason Lowdown.
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Troy Tulowitzki (heel) took grounders on the field and hit with no issues on Monday.

Tulowitzki is making progress, but he reported to camp with a bone spur in his heel and the Blue Jays plan to take it easy with him early on in spring. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons doesn't expect him to play for the first couple of games of the Grapefruit League schedule.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said he's hoping to get 500-plus at-bats for Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Jorge Bonifacio in 2018.

The club wants to see what they have with all three. Soler carries the most name recognition, but he's coming off a rough first season with the Royals where he batted .144/.245/.258 over 110 plate appearances. However, the opportunity will be there in 2018 and he worked hard over the winter while losing 20 pounds. Yost sees Soler getting at-bats out of the DH spot and the corner outfield spots.
Feb 19 - 12:28 PM

Rajai Davis can opt out of his minor league contract with the Indians if he's not added to the 40-man roster by March 22.

Davis will try to win a reserve outfielder job in his return to the organization. The 37-year-old played with the Red Sox and Athletics last season while batting just .235/.293/.348 over 117 games.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Walker Buehler (back) is expected to throw a bullpen session in two or three days.

Buehler tweaked his back in January, so the Dodgers are playing it safe with him early on in camp. It doesn't sound like a long-term concern. The 23-year-old posted a 3.35 ERA and 125/31 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings in the minors last season and is widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in the game. He had a rough introduction to the majors in 2017, but he could make an impact with the big club this year.
Feb 19 - 11:56 AM

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox remain "open" to a deal with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez.

The Red Sox owners defended the team's current roster in a press conference Monday morning, but they haven't ruled out bringing in Martinez if the price is right. It was reported last week that the club is reluctant to improve their current offer, which is believed to be in the range of five years and $100 million. Their need for Martinez is clear, but they appear to be standing firm. In fact, Abraham hears that the club is "prepared to move on entirely or to another player."
Feb 19 - 11:34 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that the team's outfield will be "rotational unless performance dictates otherwise."

The Reds have four outfielders for three spots with Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall, Scott Schebler, and Jesse Winker. It could be a little complicated initially, but a trade could clear things up at some point during the year. Either way, getting Winker at-bats should be the priority. The 24-year-old batted .298/.375/.529 with seven homers over 47 games during his time with the Reds last season.
Feb 19 - 11:14 AM
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