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Drew Pomeranz underwent a stem cell injection in his pitching elbow in October.

Pomeranz pitched through elbow discomfort which seemed to really hurt his performance in the second half of the 2016 season. The southpaw has indicated that his arm feels strong and pain-free since he began throwing, which is a very encouraging sign heading into 2017.
Jan 21 - 12:29 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced at TigerFest on Saturday that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day.

It comes as no surprise that the club's ace will start on Opening Day against the White Sox, but now it's official. The runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting, Verlander compiled a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings in 2016. He has been a popular commodity in early fantasy drafts, going inside the top ten starting pitchers.
Jan 21 - 12:23 PM

Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club expects to go to an arbitration hearing with Fernando Abad.

Abad requested $2.7 million from the club when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $2 million. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that he would earn $2 million through the arbitration process, which would point to the Red Sox winning in a potential hearing.
Jan 21 - 12:16 PM

Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club is close settling on a contract with Drew Pomeranz.

Pomeranz requested $5.7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $3.6 million. An agreement somewhere in the middle, around $4.65 million seems a likely compromise for the 28-year-old hurler.
Jan 21 - 12:12 PM

Adding details to an earlier report, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves' agreement with Kurt Suzuki will be for one year and $1.5 million.

The deal also includes a potential $2.5 million in incentives. Suzuki is expected to serve in a platoon with Tyler Flowers behind the plate. The Braves now appear to be set behind the plate, which takes away one of the few potential landing spots that were remaining for Matt Wieters.
Jan 21 - 11:44 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice complement to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 21 - 11:19 AM

Nationals signed INF/OF Alex Santana to a minor league contract.

Santana, a career .258/.319/.364 minor league hitter, has never played above Class-A and sat out the entire 2016 season. He brings depth to the lower levels of the minor leagues for the Nationals.
Jan 21 - 11:12 AM

Nationals signed INF Irving Falu to a minor league contract.

The 33-year-old infielder hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2014 season. He finished the 2016 season in the Royals' organization, slashing .267/.297/.404 with four homers and 27 RBI over 172 plate appearances at Triple-A Omaha. He adds depth for the Nats at the Triple-A level.
Jan 21 - 11:06 AM

Rangers re-signed INF Luis Mendez to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old infielder hit .215/.293/.252 with one homer, 21 RBI and six stolen bases in 76 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2016. Better known for his glove-work than with the bat, Mendez will continue to serve as organizational depth for the Rangers.
Jan 21 - 11:02 AM

Mariners signed OF Willie Argo to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old has spent the past two seasons playing for St. Paul in the Independent American Association. In 2016, he hit .294/.408/.513 with eight homers, 41 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 68 games. He has an intriguing blend of power and speed, but will have to prove himself in the minor leagues before earning a shot with the big league club.
Jan 21 - 10:51 AM

Padres signed RHP Francisco Mendoza to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his professional career toiling in the minor leagues for the Rangers. He registered a 6.20 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 47/18 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings at Triple-A Round Rock in 2016. He adds bullpen depth at the minor league level for the Padres.
Jan 21 - 10:45 AM

Twins signed 1B Jonathan Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old spent the first eight seasons of his professional career in the Cardinals organization, most recently slashing .256/.335/.410 with 15 homers and 60 RBI between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2016. He'll add minor league depth for the Twins and could get a shot at some playing time with the big league club in the event that injuries strike at the major league level.
Jan 21 - 10:25 AM

Angels signed RHP Cody Buckel to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old hurler was released by the Rangers in April and sat out the rest of the 2016 season. He owns a 3.99 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 over 372 1/3 innings in his minor league career. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth for the Angels.
Jan 21 - 10:15 AM

Rick Porcello, who was on the provisional roster, declined an invitation to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner wants to instead focus on building up his arm strength and preparing for the regular season. The 28-year-old finally put it all together in his second season with the Red Sox, going 22-4 with a sparkling 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 189/32 K/BB ratio across 223 innings.
Jan 21 - 10:09 AM

Andrew Benintendi said Saturday that he packed on an extra 15-20 pounds over the offseason in an effort to stay healthy and strong over the grind of the 162 game MLB season.

Even with the added weight, the 22-year-old still checks in at a svelte 185 pounds. He's coming off of an impressive debut where he slashed .295/.359/.476 with a pair of homers, 14 RBI and a stolen base in 118 plate appearances. He's locked in as the club's Opening Day left fielder and has been rising up fantasy draft boards this winter.
Jan 21 - 10:00 AM


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