OUTPreston Tucker LF/DH HOU 2 hours ago
Tucker (shoulder) said he expects to resume baseball-related activities in the next two weeks and should be ready to go when spring training opens.
Tucker underwent shoulder surgery last September to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade. He bashed 13 homers in 98 games as a rookie in 2015 and opened 2016 as the team's regular designated hitter, but the playing time dwindled as his average quickly descended. He was making less contact in 2016 and now finds himself battling for a fourth-outfielder job entering 2017.
Anibal Sanchez P DET 19 hours ago
Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be demoted to relief only to return to a starting role out of necessity. Sanchez's walk and HR/9 rates have gotten progressively worse in recent years, and it's difficult to imagine he will suddenly reverse those trends in his age-33 season. Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Mike Pelfrey will be in the mix for rotation spots as well.
Jeff Manship RP CLE 19 hours ago
Manship signed with the NC Dinos of the KBO on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Manship hit free agency this offseason after being non-tendered by the Indians in December. He made 53 relief appearances for Cleveland in 2016, notching a 3.12 ERA and 1.43 ERA.
Mike Pelfrey SP DET 19 hours ago
Pelfrey will stretch out during spring training and is set to compete for a rotation spot, Jason beck of MLB.com reports.
Pelfrey made 22 starts for the Tigers last season but struggled mightily before being moved to the bullpen in late September. He went 4-10 as a starter with a 5.19 ERA and he allowed 14 home runs in 112.2 innings. While it appears he'll be given a shot to rejoin the rotation, he'd have to beat out the likes of lefty Matt Boyd or Buck Farmer over the course of spring training.
Dayan Diaz RP CIN 21 hours ago
Diaz signed a minor league contract with the Astros on Saturday that includes an invite to major league spring training, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The former Red made six major league appearances last season and was hit hard, notching a 9.45 ERA while allowing two home runs in 6.2 innings. He also exhibited some command issues, walking seven batters in that span. Diaz will start at big league camp this spring, but Houston's bullpen depth makes him a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Drew Pomeranz SP BOS 23 hours ago
Pomeranz received a stem cell injection in his pitching elbow in October, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
The left-hander pitched through elbow soreness in the latter portion of the 2016 season, and while his condition didn't require surgery, he did require an injection to alleviate the issue. Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski recently said that Pomeranz will likely slot in towards the back end of the rotation this season, which suggests that Pomeranz's elbow won't be an issue once pitchers and catchers report.
Kurt Suzuki C ATL 24 hours ago
Suzuki is expected to sign with the Braves.
The terms of the deal are unknown at this point, but Suzuki will now join a backstop rotation that already features Tyler Flowers and Anthony Recker. Flowers and Suzuki are expected to serve as the top two options, with Recker in line for spot starts as the No. 3 catcher. The 33-year-old Suzuki slashed .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 106 games for the Twins in 2016.
Carson Fulmer RP CWS 1 day ago
Fulmer needs more development, according to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Chicago's first-round draft pick in 2015 spent some time in the major league bullpen last season, but the organization is committed to Fulmer being a starter. The right-hander had a middling year in the minors at Double-A Birmingham, but finished up with three strong starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Hahn credited Charlotte pitching coach Rich Dotson with some minor tweaks in his delivery and they want to build off that late season success.
James Loney 1B NYM 2 days ago
Loney signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers on Friday, Fanragsports.com reports.
His deal would expand to $1M if he is able to make the major league club. Loney backed up Lucas Duda at first base last season, and slashed .265/.307/.397 across 366 plate appearances in the process. It is unclear at this point where Loney would fit in with the Rangers' roster should he ultimately make the team.
Jabari Blash RF/DH SD 2 days ago
Blash was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres liked Blash enough to reacquire him shortly after designating him for assignment last May, but he ultimately appeared in only 38 games despite spending nearly the entire season with the big club, and the team again decided he was expendable in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for pitcher Trevor Cahill. Blash's next step will be determined after his waiver period comes to a close.