Sam Travis 1B BOS 17 hours ago
Travis has been performing all normal offseason baseball activities without limitations, but still wears a brace on his left knee, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Travis is itching to get back on the field and will take part in Boston's rookie development program this week at Boston College. After that, he's scheduled for a consultation with his doctor during the first two weeks of spring training, when he's hoping to have the knee brace removed. The organization remains high on Travis, which became evident when the they didn't seek a longer-term solution at first base during the offseason, instead opting to sign MItch Moreland to a one-year deal.
OUTCharles Tilson CF CWS 18 hours ago
Tilson (hamstring) took part in the organization's hitters' minicamp last week in Glendale (Ariz.) without restriction.
Tilson's debut stint in the majors in 2016 lasted exactly two plate appearances before he tore a hamstring chasing down a flyball. He plans to remain in Glendale through this weekend to hit some benchmarks running. A healthy Tilson should emerge out of spring training with the starting job in center field.
Gregor Blanco OF/DH SF 20 hours ago
Blanco agreed to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Blanco enjoyed a nice run with the Giants over the past five years, but his 2016 campaign proved to be the worst offensive season of his career. In 274 plate appearances, the veteran outfielder slashed .224/.309/.311 and stole a career-low six bases. The Diamondbacks starting outfielders seem to be set in stone, but Blanco will have a chance to compete for a reserve role.
Blaine Boyer RP MIL 21 hours ago
Boyer agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
The 35-year-old Boyer is coming off a season in which he allowed 80 hits with a mere 26 strikeouts in 66 innings for Milwaukee, but Bowman suggests Boyer stands "a good chance" at an Opening Day roster spot. If Boyer is indeed in the Braves' bullpen at the start of the season, he will likely pitch primarily in mop-up duty.
Aaron Nola SP PHI 21 hours ago
Nola (elbow) said Tuesday that he will enter spring training without restrictions, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.
The right-hander said something similar in early November, suggesting he was 100 percent healthy even then, but this is still notable as Nola has been throwing for some time and has avoided setbacks. He said Tuesday that he's feeling "great," now nearly five months removed from suffering a low-grade UCL sprain and a low-grade flexor pronator tendon strain. Nola, who's just 23, figures to see his ADP steadily creep up if he can prove his health in camp.
Erik Cordier RP MIA 24 hours ago
Cordier signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports.
He pitched in Japan last season after struggling stateside with the Giants and Marlins in 2015. Cordier has logged impressive strikeout rates at stops in the upper levels of the minors, but has never shown the ability to get big league hitters out over a prolonged stretch. Look for him to serve as organizational bullpen depth.
Jason Bourgeois CF CIN 1 day ago
Bourgeois re-signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
For the first time in the past nine years, the 35-year-old failed to make an appearance at the major-league level. He split his time in Triple-A last year between the Diamondbacks and White Sox, slashing .292/.333/.385 with 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases across 121 games. At this point in his career, the outfielder will simply provide organizational depth.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 1 day ago
Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The Blue Jays recently emerged as the frontrunner for the veteran slugger's services, and after initial expectations were of the contrary, Bautista will head back north of the border for another season. The agreement includes a mutual option that could keep him in Toronto through the 2019 season. In the short-term, however, it seems like Bautista will be an integral part in the Blue Jays batting order, especially now that Edwin Encarnacion is out of town.
Carson Blair C OAK 1 day ago
Blair signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 27-year-old appeared in the majors for the A's in 2015, however, he struggled in his 11 games there, slashing .129/.229/.226 in 31 at-bats. He spent 2016 in the minors, where he bounced between Oakland and Texas, slashing a combined .250/.339/.372 over 156 at-bats. The righty will likely start in Triple-A and provide depth behind the plate for the White Sox.
Cory Luebke RP PIT 1 day ago
Luebke signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 31-year-old pitched in the majors last year for the first time since 2012, struggling to the tune of a 9.35 ERA across 8.2 innings, walking 11 batters in the process. The southpaw will likely start the year in Triple-A.