Avisail Garcia LF/RF/DH CWS 13 hours ago
Garcia lost 14 pounds while dedicating himself to getting in better shape this offseason, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Coming off an unremarkable season in which he slashed .245/.307/.382 and posted a 0.5 WAR, Garcia will be hoping to use his slimmed-down figure to improve his agility on defense and on the bases. The 25-year-old outfielder enters the spring with a good chance of earning a starting spot on a White Sox team that is devoid of much outfield depth.
DTDJohnny Cueto SP SF 14 hours ago
Cueto, who is still in the Dominican Republic taking care of his ailing father, may not be ready to participate in the World Baseball Classic, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Although there is no doubt Cueto will be ready to start the season, his late start to spring training may hold him back from playing in the World Baseball Classic, which starts March 9th. He is currently working out in the DR, and has thrown live bullpen sessions on schedule with the pitchers actually at camp for the Giants, but he still hasn't had time to prepare under the supervision of pitching coach Dave Righetti, which worries San Francisco. The two are trying to work things out currently, but if Cueto doesn't report to camp shortly, it may not be surprising to see him held out of the WBC.
OUTTyrell Jenkins SP SD 15 hours ago
Jenkins (elbow) will compete for one of the Padres' final two starter spots, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Jenkins went on a carousel of getting DFA'd and claimed this offseason, but the Padres decided to take a chance on the former top pitching prospect. Manager Andy Green has already told the young pitcher to "go back to being an athlete," inferring that the Braves tried tinkering with his delivery too much. Jenkins will compete for one of the Padres' final spots in the rotation, but he could also make the 25-man roster as a long or middle reliever as well. Even if he makes the club as a starter, he will have to show immediate improvement over last year's 5.88 ERA before fantasy owners would take notice.
Daniel Fields CF CWS 15 hours ago
Fields signed a minor league contract with Arizona, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 26-year-old was released by the Dodgers last August after he slashed .250/.324/.375 in 32 at-bats with their Triple-A affiliate during part of last season. Across three levels in the minors during 2016, Fields struggled to a slash line of just .215/.307/.288 in 177 at-bats. He will serve as organizational depth for the Diamondbacks in 2017.
Luis Urias 2B SD 15 hours ago
Urias will see extended reps at shortstop during spring training, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
A well-regarded prospect for San Diego, Urias has mostly played at second base while only occasionally spending some time shortstop. However, it appears San Diego would like to see if he can play at shortstop at least semi-regularly, which would increase his positional value. At 19 years old, Urias is still has a ways to go before making his big league debut, but the Padres are hoping he can continue to develop into a starting-caliber infielder.
Paul Clemens SP SD 15 hours ago
Clemens will take the hill in the Padres' first Cactus League game on Saturday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
With San Diego's pitching staff shaping up to be near the bottom of the league in terms of talent, Clemens will have a great opportunity Saturday to boost his candidacy for a back-end rotation spot. The 29-year-old journeyman made 12 starts for the Padres in 2016, posting a 3.67 ERA in 61.1 innings of work. His effectiveness will likely come down to whether he can demonstrate improved command of his curveball, which has given him issues at times in the past.
DTDAlex Dickerson LF SD 16 hours ago
Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday due to back stiffness, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Manager Andy Green added that he didn't expect it to be a long term thing, but only time will tell at this point. The 26-year-old is looking to build on a strong rookie campaign where he slashed .257/.333/.455 while knocking 10 home runs.
Danny Santana LF/CF MIN 16 hours ago
Santana (shoulder) has been participating in drills early in spring training, MLB.com reports.
Santana suffered a season-ending Grade 2 shoulder strain in September, but should be fine as spring training begins. He'll try to win a utility role this spring, but the signing of Ehire Adrianza likely means he's not currently a favorite to win a roster spot.
Enrique Hernandez 2B/LF/CF/DH LAD 16 hours ago
Hernandez is slated for a bench role after the acquisition of Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay.
He seemingly had a chance to to start at second base prior to the move, but it was widely anticipated that the Dodgers would upgrade that position, and that indeed happened. Hernandez should get occasional starts in the outfield and the infield against left-handed pitching.
Kaleb Cowart 2B/3B LAA 16 hours ago
Cowart said Monday that he has altered his swing this offseason in hopes of enhancing his offensive production, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
After slashing .176/.184/.259 in 87 plate appearances with the Angels last season, Cowart will be hoping his newly-tweaked swing can help him unlock some of the potential he once showed as a former high-end prospect. However, barring a miraculous turnaround at the plate during spring training, the 24-year-old infielder will likely spend much of the 2017 season back with Triple-A Salt Lake.