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Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role.
Feb 20 - 7:28 PM

Greg Bird (shoulder) said Monday that he feels better now than he did at the end of the 2015 season.

That's obviously encouraging given that he had labrum surgery between now and then. Bird missed all of the 2016 campaign while recovering, but he played in the Arizona Fall League and is participating fully in spring training. He belted a long home run during a simulated game Monday. "Today I felt like I got out there and just got in the box and thought about what I needed to think about," Bird said. "That's huge, being confident in the shoulder every day, coming to the park confident in the shoulder and being able to just focus on what I need to focus on."
Feb 20 - 7:24 PM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) has advanced to soft-toss but hasn't been cleared to hit on the field yet.

The Indians are taking every precaution with Brantley this spring after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by multiple shoulder issues and surgeries. He'll be held out of Cactus League action initially, but the hope remains that he'll be ready to go once the season begins.
Feb 20 - 7:11 PM

Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM

Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over the offseason.

He currently checks in at 254 pounds but would like to get down to 248 by the end of spring training. Garcia appears motivated and knows that the 2017 campaign could be a pivotal one for him after he produced just a .252/.308/.374 batting line while playing poor defense over the previous two seasons. "I do my routine every morning,’’ Garcia said. "After practice, I go back to the gym. When you work and believe in yourself nothing can stop you."
Feb 20 - 5:37 PM

An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 20 - 5:28 PM

The Rangers held a tryout for free agent pitchers Justin Masterson, Kameron Loe, Blake Beavan and Kyle Drabek on Monday.

It's unclear whether the Rangers liked enough of what they saw to sign any of the hurlers. Masterson, who will turn 32 next month, has seen his velocity plummet in recent years and hasn't had any success in the majors since 2013.
Feb 20 - 4:25 PM

Josh Bell (knee) fielded grounders and hit in an indoor batting cage for the third straight day on Monday.

He hasn't taken swings on the field or faced live pitching yet, but Bell looks to be coming along nicely for a guy who's less than three weeks removed from left knee surgery. When he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action remains to be seen, but Bell has a good shot to be available for Opening Day.
Feb 20 - 4:17 PM

Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season.
Feb 20 - 4:11 PM

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Josh Hamilton has been hitting thunderous bombs in batting practice at Rangers camp.

Hamilton is in camp with Texas as a non-roster invitee, trying to carve out a DH/1B role. Sullivan says the veteran slugger has been reaching the street beyond the Rangers' complex with some of his moonshots, and farm director Jayce Tingler offered that "it's just a different sound." We'll see if Hamilton can hold up physically.
Feb 20 - 3:54 PM

Brandon Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday.

Workman hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to elbow troubles, but he apparently looked sharp during Monday's workout in Red Sox camp. "I was excited. It was good to be back out there and have batters in the box and just be part of the regular stuff," Workman said. "I felt like it got there." The 28-year-old right-hander is trying to win a spot in the Boston bullpen.
Source: WEEI
Feb 20 - 3:08 PM

Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) expects to begin throwing off a mound Wednesday.

Siegrist, a guy with a long list of arm troubles, has fallen behind the other pitchers in Cardinals camp due to soreness around his left shoulder and triceps. It's not a huge deal right now, but it's definitely something to monitor. Sigerist projects to pitch in seventh- and eighth-inning setup duty this year for St. Louis, if his health cooperates.
Feb 20 - 2:47 PM

Tigers signed INF Danny Muno to a minor league contract.

Muno batted just .223/.348/.307 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016. The 28-year-old third baseman and shortstop will function as organizational infield depth for the Tigers.
Feb 20 - 2:41 PM

Tigers signed OF Matt Murton to a minor league contract.

Murton hit .314/.349/.398 in 76 games last season at Triple-A, after enjoying success in Japan for several years. The veteran outfielder will operate as organizational outfield depth for Detroit.
Feb 20 - 2:37 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) plans to work out Tuesday.

Cervelli felt some discomfort in his right foot during a team workout Sunday, but it's nothing serious. He should be ready for the start of Grapefruit League play later this week, though the Pirates figure to ease him into full games. Cervelli has ordered new customized insoles for his cleats.
Feb 20 - 2:02 PM


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