Matt Wieters C BAL 9 Hrs
Wieters (elbow) stretched out his throwing program to 150 feet earlier this week, MASN Sports reports.
Wieters appears to be on schedule in his bid to return by Opening Day. While he has had no setbacks in his rehabilitation, Wieters did suggest that he may not be able to catch games initially in spring training. It is reasonable to think Wieters could get himself into Opening Day form in less than a month, so it could be early-to-mid-March before we find out if Wieters is actually behind schedule by not getting game action in spring training.
Michael Ohlman C BAL 13 Hrs
Ohlman was designated for assignment Tuesday.
The Orioles needed to open up a spot on the 40-man roster after trading for Travis Snider, and Ohlman was a natural choice. He is probably the fifth or sixth catcher on the organizational depth chart, so he should be expected to spend most, if not all, of 2015 in the minors.
Travis Snider LF/RF PIT 13 Hrs
Snider was traded to the Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
It has been a very bumpy ride for Snider, as he is now on his third team since being a consensus top-10 prospect in baseball prior to the 2009 season. Snider could not be going to a better situation, since the Orioles were planning on giving a lot of at-bats to Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young, so if he performs, he should be able to get a few starts each week. He hit 13 home runs with a .264/.338/.438 slash line in 359 plate appearances last season for the Pirates, so there could be some value here in deeper leagues.
Jeremy Horst RP PHI 13 Hrs
Horst signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday, SB Nation's Eric Stephen reports.
The deal does not include a non-roster invitation to spring training, but with fellow minor league pitcher Robert Carson having his invitation rescinded after getting suspended for a positive drug test, perhaps Horst could take his place. Either way, Horst is a 29-year-old journeyman reliever who spent all of last season at Triple-A with the Phillies, so he is unlikely to be of much use in fantasy leagues anytime soon.
Garrett Richards SP LAA 14 Hrs
Richards (knee) should begin running on 100 percent of his body weight by next week, and will then progress to throwing off a mound, the Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports.
Right now Richards is running on 75 percent of his body weight, but is sounds like he is making solid progress. The real test will come a couple months down the line when he starts throwing to hitters and attempts to build up his pitch count. His estimated return date will be fluid, but for now he is expected to be out until sometime in May.
Ross Detwiler RP TEX 14 Hrs
Detwiler will be stretched out as a starter in spring training, but he will have to compete for a spot in the Rangers' rotation, Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro reports.
The Rangers traded for Anthony Ranaudo on Tuesday, who will also be given a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation. While it is not a very imposing bunch after Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and to a lesser extent, Yovani Gallardo, there are a lot of similarly skilled pitchers who could find their way to starts at the back of the Rangers' rotation this season. Detwiler may emerge as one of the five best options, but it is something that will have to play out this spring.
Robbie Ross P TEX 14 Hrs
Ross was traded to the Red Sox on Tuesday in exchange for Anthony Ranaudo.
The Red Sox had moved on from the idea of using Ranaudo as a starter, and must prefer Ross over Ranaudo in a relief role. In 145.2 career relief innings, Ross has a 3.27 ERA and 114 strikeouts, so he could be used in the middle innings or as a long man, as he does not have noticeable splits despite being a lefty.
Anthony Ranaudo SP BOS 14 Hrs
Ranaudo was traded to the Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for Robbie Ross.
It was pretty clear that the Red Sox did not see enough from Ranaudo in his seven starts last season to view him as a starting pitcher long term. He had a 4.81 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and just 15 strikeouts in 39.1 innings, so it is hard to blame them from moving on. The Rangers, on the other hand, could very much use some added starting pitching depth. While Ranaudo does not immediately slot into their rotation for the start of 2015, he will likely be a bad month or an injury away from getting a shot at replacing someone. Still, everything still points to him eventually being a reliever full time.
Brandon Crawford SS SF 17 Hrs
Crawford agreed to a one-year, $3.175 million contract with the Giants to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Locked in as the Giants' starting shortstop, Crawford is coming off the finest offensive season of his career, having posted a .246/.324/.389 slash line in 2014, with 10 home runs, 69 RBI, 54 runs and five stolen bases. He oddly had a massive reverse-platoon split, which can largely be explained by his .404 BABIP against left-handed pitchers, compared to a .262 mark versus right-handers. His career-long numbers hint at a slight preference for facing right-handers, as he strikes out much more often against southpaws, but also hits more ground balls. Given his middling power and cavernous home park, Crawford probably doesn't want to put too many balls in the air.
Chad James SP TEX 17 Hrs
James will serve a 50-game suspension for amphetamine use, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
A former first-round selection, the 24-year-old lefty has never made it above the High-A level. James posted a 2.74 ERA and 4.69 FIP over eight starts with High-A Myrtle Beach last season.