Carlos Santana 1B/DH CLE 1 hour ago
The Indians are considering Santana as a potential option in left field for the World Series games at Wrigley Field, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
He worked out at that position Monday, and if the Indians think he can be somewhat competent out there, it would allow their top offensive lineup to be deployed, even without the DH available in National League parks. Look for Santana to play DH or first base in the first two World Series games at home.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 3 hours ago
Schwarber (knee) has officially been named to the Cubs' World Series roster, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rumors began circulating Monday afternoon suggesting Schwarber could return for the World Series, and that will indeed be the case, as he's joined the team in Cleveland in advance of Tuesday night's Game 1. The power-hitting 23-year-old, who tore both his ACL and LCL during the Cubs' third game of the regular season, is expected to serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 after playing in a pair of Arizona Fall League games over the past few days. In Monday's game, Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run.
60DAaron Nola SP PHI 7 hours ago
Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Nola (elbow) will finish his rehab work in the next few weeks and head home for the offseason to prepare for spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Nola suffered a low-grade sprain of his right UCL and a low-grade strain of his flexor pronator tendon in August. He had a PRP injection that same month and started throwing in late September. The Phillies expect him to be ready for spring training.
Mark Appel SP PHI 7 hours ago
Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Appel (elbow) will finish his rehab work in the next few weeks and head home for the offseason to prepare for spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Appel is recovering from surgery in June to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He was 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 34:20 K:BB in 38.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year before he was shut down. He will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.
Mickey Moniak OF PHI 7 hours ago
Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Moniak (hip) was able to return to action before the instructional league ended earlier this month, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Moniak missed some time with a sore hip earlier this month. He hit .284/.340/.409 with a homer and 10 steals in 176 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League this season.
Kyle Schwarber C/LF/DH CHC 19 hours ago
Schwarber (knee) is expected to serve as the Cubs' designated hitter for Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Schwarber participated in an Arizona Fall League game Monday, going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run. This was apparently enough for the Cubs to pull the trigger and bring him to Cleveland for the series, although no official confirmation has come forth. Things should become completely clear once the lineup for Tuesday's opener is revealed, but things are looking good for the 23-year-old.
Scott Diamond RP TOR 19 hours ago
Diamond became a free agent after refusing his minor league assignment, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Diamond spent the bulk of 2016 with the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, but he only managed to put up a meager 4.50 ERA in 28 starts for the Bisons. The left-hander does have a considerable amount of major league experience, but he'll likely fill a Quad-A role wherever he lands given the fact that he hasn't seen much success in the big leagues since his 2012 campaign with the Twins.
Steve Johnson RP SEA 19 hours ago
Johnson elected free agency rather than accepting his assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Johnson dominated hitters during his time with Triple-A Tacoma, but his performance in the majors left much to be desired. However, the 29-year-old has a knack for striking out batters, so he could garner some interest on the free agent market, although a minor league contract is the most likely signing route for the right-hander.
Brad Mills SP OAK 19 hours ago
Mills re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league contract, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Mills pitched exclusively with Triple-A Tacoma last season, although he put up an unimpressive 5.28 ERA in nine starts with the Rainiers. Until he starts keeping runs off the board in the minors, the left-hander will likely act as organizational pitching depth.
Logan Schafer OF/DH MIN 19 hours ago
Schafer became a free agent after declining his outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Schafer spent 2016 splitting time between the majors and the minors, but couldn't stick with the Twins due to his hitting woes. That being said, Schafer does offer a bit of speed and a good propensity to draw walks, so he could land with a new club fairly soon. However, he doesn't project more than a Quad-A outfielder until his bat translates to the big leagues.