Paul Maholm P LAD 2 Hrs
Maholm (knee) signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Sunday that includes an invite to spring training.
Maholm is rehabbing his way back from ACL surgery in August. The veteran pitched in 30 games with the Dodgers last season, mixing in eight starts and finishing with a 4.84 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 70.2 innings. If Maholm were to make the roster, it would likely be in a bullpen role rather than in the starting rotation.
Brandon Workman SP BOS 24 Hrs
Workman will begin spring training as a reliever, WEEI.com reports.
This was widely expected after Workman struggled to a 1-10 record and a 5.17 ERA in 19 appearances (15 starts) for Boston last season, but manager John Farrell confirmed that the right-hander will indeed work out of the bullpen to begin the spring. Workman didn't fare much better while working primarily in a relief role in 2013, posting a 4.97 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 41.2 innings.
Ronald Belisario RP TOR 1 Day
Belisario signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Reports earlier in the week suggested Belisario was on the verge of signing with Toronto, but that deal fell through and the right-hander will now join Tampa in hopes of earning a bullpen role in spring training. After being clobbered to the tune of a 5.56 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 62 appearances with the White Sox last season, Belisario will need to show significant improvement to break camp with the big club.
Garrett Richards SP LAA 1 Day
Richards (knee) agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Angels on Saturday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
The right-hander was in the midst of a breakout campaign before a knee injury, suffered while trying to cover first base, ended his season in August. In his 26 starts for the Angels last year, Richards posted a 2.61 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, both dramatic improvements on his 2013 marks, and he'll be compensated accordingly in his first year of arbitration. Richards is said be ahead of schedule in his rehab, and has an eye toward progressing to mound work and running on 100 percent of his body weight in the near future.
Chris Withrow RP LAD 1 Day
Withrow doesn't expect to return until the end of the season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
The Dodgers' don't have the deepest of bullpens, so Withrow should have a chance to break into at least a seventh-inning role when he returns. He's been very solid in his 56 career innings (2.73 ERA), but we'll have to see how he recovers first.
Yasiel Puig CF/RF LAD 1 Day
Puig is focusing on improving his speed with the intent of stealing more bases in 2015, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Additionally, Puig revealed that he is uncertain of where he currently stands with his weight, but that issue could prove to be a non-factor by the time spring training begins. More importantly, Puig said that he increased the intensity of his offseason workout program, which could prove to pay off in a variety of different ways once the season is underway. The Dodgers have not revealed their plans regarding defensive ailment or batting order for the upcoming season, but it's believed that Puig will man right field while rookie Joc Pederson gets the bulk of the playing time in center, even though Puig expressed a preference for center while also stating that he will accept whatever role he is assigned.
Hernan Perez 2B DET 1 Day
Perez will continue to see time in the outfield during spring training and the Tigers intend to have him compete for a super utility role, MLive.com reports.
Perez offers more offensive upside than Romine, while both players are being tasked with outfield work as the Tigers are seeking a replacement on their bench for Don Kelly. It's expected that Perez and Romine will see significantly reduced opportunities at shortstop with a return to health from Jose Iglesias.
Andrew Romine 2B/SS DET 1 Day
Romine will see time in the outfield during spring training and the Tigers intend to have him compete for a super utility role, MLive.com reports.
He'll be in the same boat as Hernan Perez, with Jose Iglesias expected to return from his shin injury to man shortstop on a regular basis in 2015. Romine and Perez are competing for the role previously occupied by Don Kelly.
Tyler Collins LF DET 1 Day
Collins appears to have the inside track to an Opening Day roster spot as the Tigers' fifth outfielder, MLive.com reports.
The Tigers seem to prefer that Steven Moya get everyday playing time in the minors, as opposed to giving him a limited role with the big club to begin the season. Collins has appeared in nine minor league games as a center fielder over four seasons, making it likely that he'll get his opportunities while occasionally spelling Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez in the corners in 2015.
Steven Moya RF DET 1 Day
Moya will likely open the season at Triple-A Toledo, MLive.com reports.
The addition of Yoenis Cespedes and Anthony Gose via trades this offseason has put the Tigers in a position where Moya would be pressed to serve as more than the team's fifth outfielder to begin the season. As a result, it's more likely that he'll be developed with everyday at-bats in the minors to begin the year, while Tyler Collins has the inside track to earn the final spot on the bench. Moya's plate discipline is still a work in progress, but he has excellent power and could be considered as an option to leapfrog Collins if injuries strike and the Tigers need a regular for one of the corner outfield spots.