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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "asked" about Justin Verlander this offseason but ultimately thought his price tag was too high.

Verlander owns a home in Beverly Hills with fiancee Kate Upton and it sounds like he would have been willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers are trying to get under the luxury tax and weren't willing to pay Verlander's $28 million salary. Though a deal for Verlander was never close, the two sides could resume talks at a later date. Verlander enjoyed a resurgent 2016 campaign, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting behind former teammate Rick Porcello.
Feb 23 - 6:49 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets "seriously discussed" trading Michael Conforto straight up for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez during the offseason.

It's unclear when these discussions took place though the Mets ultimately balked because Martinez is entering the last year of his contract. The Mets have a glut of outfielders but at least two (Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) are likely to leave in free agency next winter if they aren't traded before then. After hitting just .220 last year, Conforto isn't a lock for the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Feb 23 - 6:24 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he's been most impressed by Mitch Haniger in the early portion of spring training.

"He has a plan every time he’s in the outfield, on the bases or in the batter’s box," said Servais. "It’s a very professional approach." Haniger finally made the big leagues with the Diamondbacks last year, hitting .229 with five homers and 17 RBI over 34 appearances. After trading Seth Smith, letting Franklin Gutierrez walk in free agency and waiving Nori Aoki this offseason, Haniger should open the year as Seattle's starting right fielder. Haniger may not develop into a fantasy asset right away but he's someone to keep an eye on.
Feb 23 - 6:06 PM

Marco Gonzales (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

Beat reporter Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch watched the session, noting that Gonzales threw with "greater intensity" than in previous bullpens. Goold suspects Gonzales will advance to facing live hitters after a few more sessions. Gonzales is only throwing fastballs at the moment. The left-hander may need some fine-tuning in Triple-A to begin the year but is hoping to be up in the majors by late May. Gonzales is 12 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 23 - 5:30 PM

Jeff Locke (biceps) threw 15-20 light tosses from 60 feet on Thursday.

It was Locke's first time throwing since encountering biceps tendinitis over the weekend. Locke said he feels "a lot better" but still isn't 100 percent. It's unclear when he'll resume mound work or begin facing live hitters. The left-hander is looking for a fresh start in Miami after recording a disappointing 5.44 ERA with the Pirates in 2016.
Feb 23 - 5:18 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "several" teams have shown interest in free agent Tim Lincecum.

That's surprising after Lincecum fell flat in his brief stint with the Angels last season. The 32-year-old has reportedly been throwing in his native Seattle in preparation for an upcoming showcase. The best he can probably hope for is a minor league deal.
Feb 23 - 5:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have not discussed a contract extension with Jonathan Lucroy.

The sides aren't talking yet but Heyman believes they will in the near future. Lucroy was arguably the league's top offensive catcher last season, collecting a .292 average to go with a career-high 24 homers and 81 RBI. If a deal isn't reached, Lucroy will hit the market next offseason.
Feb 23 - 4:48 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Monday or Tuesday.

He won't be in the lineup for Friday's opener against the Giants but should debut early next week. Cozart claims to be 100 percent after missing time with knee tendinitis late last season. "He's fine. He could play tomorrow," said manager Bryan Price. "But why rush it with the length of Spring Training?" The contract-year shortstop hit .252 with 16 homers and 50 RBI last season.
Source: reds.mlb.com
Feb 23 - 4:31 PM

Dylan Cozens had a two-run homer and a two-run single as the Phillies topped the University of Tampa 6-0 on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Cozens is coming off a huge season in Double-A, in which he hit 40 homers and drove in 125 runs. There's still plenty of skepticism about him as a prospect, largely because he struck out 32 percent of the time last year, but he'll be one to watch in Triple-A this year. Between injuries and trade possibilities, the Phillies could have a corner outfield spot open at some point come July or August.
Feb 23 - 4:00 PM

Roman Quinn went 2-for-3 with a homer and a steal against the University of Tampa on Thursday.

Quinn seemed a lot more interesting for fantasy purposes six months ago, before the Phillies committed to Odubel Herrera going forward and brought in Michael Saunders and Howie Kendrick for the outfield corners. Quinn needs some Triple-A time anyway, so that he's been blocked for now isn't a big problem. Still, center field is now spoken for in Philly and it doesn't seem all that likely that Quinn will have the bat to be a regular in a corner.
Feb 23 - 3:58 PM

Sam Travis delivered a three-run homer to help the Red Sox top Northeastern 9-6 on Thursday.

Mitch Moreland also had a three-run shot. It's Travis's hope to overtake Moreland sometime this summer, and he could have a shot. The torn ACL that ended his 2016 season at the end of May was a big blow, but he's a solid first-base prospect with improving power.
Feb 23 - 3:54 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said it was "disappointing" to see Rusney Castillo jog down the line on a doubleplay grounder during Thursday's exhibition game against Northeastern.

Castillo claimed he lost track of the number of outs, but that doesn't excuse the jogging. Farrell noted after the game that the 29-year-old outfielder does not have a spot on the 40-man roster leading into the 2017 regular season, and it's a good bet that won't change this spring. Castillo was signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract out of Cuba in 2014. He is already one of the biggest financial busts in baseball history.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 23 - 3:51 PM

Steven Moya had a two-run double and a walk in three plate appearances as the Tigers beat Florida Southern 8-0 on Thursday.

Moya will likely be watched closely by other teams this spring, since he's out of options and doesn't have much of a role in Detroit. He helped his cause by hitting .255/.290/.500 with five homers in 94 at-bats in the majors last season, even if he did strike out 38 percent of the time in the process.
Feb 23 - 3:51 PM

Zack Greinke will throw his first live batting practice session of the spring this weekend.

Greinke is slow-playing his spring training work by design because camp runs a bit longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.37 ERA in 26 starts last season for the Diamondbacks after signing a massive six-year, $206.5 million free agent contract.
Feb 23 - 3:02 PM

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Todd Frazier's oblique injury is mild.

Frazier strained his left oblique Monday in White Sox camp, but it sounds like he'll be ready for Cactus League action sometime near the end of next week. The hard-hitting third baseman should be 100 percent for Opening Day. He tallied a career-high 40 home runs and 98 RBI in 158 games last season.
Feb 23 - 2:48 PM


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