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Tigers and SS Jose Iglesias avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.275 million contract.

That figure sits between the $6.8 million Iglesias requested and the $5.6 million the Tigers offered when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday. The 28-year-old infielder hit .255/.288/.369 with six homers and 54 RBI for the Tigers in 130 games while providing strong defense at shortstop.
Jan 17 - 7:05 PM

Ben Fredrickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Randal Grichuk is "not thrilled" with the notion of being a fourth outfielder in 2018.

Fredrickson carefully points out that Grichuk didn't "gripe" about a potential bench role, but rather voiced his desire to be an everyday player. With Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler under contract for the 2018 season, it would seem reasonable to assume that the 26-year-old outfielder would not be starting, barring an injury or trade to one of those three. While his lack of patience is a detriment, his power and adequate defense still make him an interesting player; one that could bring back a player that helps the Cardinals contend in 2018.
Jan 17 - 6:54 PM

Royals sign OF Tyler Collins to a minor-league deal.

Collins became a free agent after being removed from Detroit's 40-man roster in November. He played 49 games with the Tigers in 2017; hitting .193/.278/.333 with five homers and 14 RBI. He'll likely compete for the fourth-outfield position with the Royals, as he's capable of playing any of the three spots.
Jan 17 - 6:32 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "aren't enthusiastic" about moving Brandon Nimmo in a deal for Josh Harrison.

It was also reported earlier Wednesday that the Mets wouldn't move Nimmo in a deal for Andrew McCutchen, who was traded to the Giants on Monday. The 30-year-old infielder hit 16 homers for the Pirates with 12 stolen bases while registering a .771 OPS and playing four positions for Pittsburgh. He also recently mentioned that he'd prefer to play on a different club if the Pirates aren't going to contend in the next two years. New York lists Nimmo at the top of their centerfield depth chart right now, and with Michael Conforto out until May with a shoulder injury, it makes sense that they want to keep the 24-year-old outfielder without getting someone who can play center in return.
Jan 17 - 5:52 PM

Red Sox invited INF prospect Michael Chavis to MLB spring training.

Chavis was one of the best power-hitting infielders in the minors in 2017; hitting 31 homers and slugging .563 at the High-A and Double-A level. There are concerns about how much swing-and-miss there is in his profile (113 strikeouts in 126 games) as well as where exactly he'll be able to play, but because of the plus-plus power in his right-handed bat, he has a chance to contribute to the Red Sox in 2018.
Jan 17 - 5:29 PM

Mariners signed INF Rey Navarro to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Navarro has spent the last two seasons with the Angels, but hasn't played in the majors since 2015 when he was with the Orioles. He'll have a chance to win a utility job with Seattle if he performs well in spring training, although a ticket to Triple-A Tacoma as infield depth is more likely.
Jan 17 - 5:05 PM

Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports that Carson Fulmer is expected to be given a chance to win a rotation spot in spring training.

Fulmer has tantalized with his stuff since being drafted with the eighth pick in 2015, but also frustrated with his inability to throw strikes at both the MLB and minor league levels. The 24-year-old right-hander deserves another shot at the rotation -- especially considering the White Sox will be nowhere near contention in 2018 -- but if he struggles with command again, a permanent move to the bullpen might not be far away.
Jan 17 - 4:58 PM

Braves acquired RHP Shane Carle from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Carle was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Sunday, who had picked up the 26-year-old right-hander on waivers from the Rockies ten days earlier. He made three appearances for Colorado in 2017; registering a 6.75 ERA in four innings with four strikeouts. He'll likely provide organizational depth for the Braves in 2018.
Jan 17 - 4:25 PM

Brad Ziegler said in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday that he tried to pitch through a rib injury last season which he initially suffered in the first week of spring training.

The injury went unreported and the veteran reliever tried to gut it out even though he admitted it made it difficult for him to breathe during the first half. Ziegler eventually went on the disabled list and missed five weeks with what the Marlins called a right back strain. He had a 6.52 ERA at the time but returned to post a 2.00 ERA the rest of the way. Ziegler is slated to open 2018 as the Marlins' closer and could be in line for a bounce-back season if the injury was largely responsible for his first-half struggles. Of course, if he does pitch well he'll be a good bet to be traded somewhere to be a setup man for a contender.
Jan 17 - 4:20 PM

Phillies invited INF prospect Scott Kingery to MLB spring training.

Kingery was one of the most improved prospects of 2017, hitting .304.359/.530 with 26 homers and 29 stolen bases in stops at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's spent most of his time at second base, but the Phillies had the 23-year-old infielder play all over the infield after his promotion to the International League, so he could be a candidate to play multiple positions. While it's unlikely Kingery will make the big-league club out of spring training, he's certainly a candidate to play for Philadelphia this summer.
Jan 17 - 4:18 PM

Angels GM Billy Eppler tells Jeff Fletcher of the Orange-County Register that J.C. Ramirez (UCL) is making progress.

Eppler tells Fletcher that he's continuing to show healing in his right elbow, which suffered a partial UCL tear that ended his 2017 season in August. It's progressed enough thanks to his stem cell treatment that there's optimism he'll be able to pitch in the 2018 campaign, and he could be ready by the start of the season. The 29-year-old Ramirez threw 147 1/3 innings for the Angels last year with a 4.15 ERA.
Jan 17 - 4:07 PM

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, free agent Danny Dorn has drawn interest from "several" major league teams.

Dorn is trying to break back into MLB after batting .278/.383/.467 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI in 149 games over the last two seasons with the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. The 33-year-old corner outfielder and first baseman will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal.
Jan 17 - 3:56 PM

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Boston's five-year offer to J.D. Martinez is worth "in the range of" $100 million.

That explains why the marriage hasn't happened yet, as Martinez and his agent Scott Boras are said to be looking for a seven-year contract worth between $180 million and $210 million. There's talk that the 30-year-old free agent slugger might hold out into spring training to get closer to what he wants financially. Martinez batted .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 119 games last season between the Tigers and Diamondbacks.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Mets signed 1B Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year contract.

New York will only have to pay Gonzalez the MLB minimum of $545,000, with the Braves and Dodgers sharing his $22.3 million guaranteed salary for 2018. The 35-year-old projects to open the 2018 season as the Mets' primary first baseman while Dominic Smith does a little more developing at the Triple-A level, though that narrative could change this spring. Gonzalez batted just .242/.287/.355 in 71 games last season for Los Angeles while fighting a chronic back injury.
Jan 17 - 12:12 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Michael Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready until the beginning of May.

Conforto needed major surgery in early September after tearing the posterior capsule in his left shoulder on a swing. He was sporting terrific numbers at the time of the injury (.939 OPS, 27 HR, 68 RBI in 109 games) and the 24-year-old outfielder carries a good amount of fantasy intrigue into the 2018 campaign, but there is obviously some risk that his rehab won't shape up as smoothly as everyone is hoping. Jay Bruce, signed to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal last week, will open the season as the Mets' primary right fielder.
Jan 17 - 11:45 AM

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