Wil Myers RF SD 13 Hrs
Myers was mentioned by Bud Black as a lead-off candidate, Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego reports.
It's not often you see a player speculated to play center field and lead off while also seeing that same player as a possibility at first base. Myers' positional situation is still fluid and depends on how the multitude of players acquired by the Padres work out. He's definitely still a starter despite his rough 2014 (.222/.294/.320), but it's impossible to tell what stat categories he'll reliably fill in 2015.
Erasmo Ramirez SP SEA 13 Hrs
Ramirez, who is out of options and competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, is not being considered for a bullpen job, the Seattle Times reports.
That means if Ramirez doesn't beat out Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez for the rotation, he will be designated for assignment and likely picked up by another team. Whether the Mariners stick to that, manager Lloyd McClendon said, "That's a question for my general manager." If the Mariners kept him as the long reliever in the bullpen, they'd probably have to sacrifice a middle-relief lefty. McClendon went with an eight-man bullpen for part of last season, but it's unlikely he'd open the season like that this year because it would leave him with only a three-man bench and Rickie Weeks as the only infield backup.
Travis Witherspoon CF SEA 14 Hrs
Witherspoon has signed a deal with the Dodgers, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 25-year-old has hit just .251 in his minor league career, but his 171 career stolen bases and 71 career home runs could make him an intriguing fantasy prospect if he suddenly learns how to hit.
Jimmy Nelson SP MIL 14 Hrs
Nelson was unable to throw Thursday or Friday due to a sore hamstring, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Manager Ron Roenicke does not believe Nelson's setback is serious, so it seems the Brewers are just being cautious with the regular season over a month away. Assuming Nelson is healthy come Opening Day, he will open the season as the Brewers' fifth starter.
Felix Hernandez SP SEA 14 Hrs
Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of spring Thursday and will throw at least one more, plus live batting practice, before pitching his first Cactus League game, the Seattle Times reports.
Hernandez reported to camp weighing 210, down 15 pounds from last year. He said he wasn't necessarily trying to lose weight, but he intends to maintain that weight throughout the season. He said his first bullpen session went great. "I was looking for location and trying to throw strikes and giving my pitches a chance to work," he said.
Rusney Castillo CF BOS 14 Hrs
Castillo is the odds-on favorite to take the starting center field spot for the Red Sox, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald affirms.
Castillo is a likely 20-20 guy as long he gets the starts, but he still carries a fair amount of risk since all we've seen from him is 40 plate appearances last September. That said, the success of other high-priced Cuban players in recent years and Boston's stacked lineup means the reward for Castillo hitting on all cylinders is massive.
Franklin Gutierrez CF SEA 14 Hrs
Gutierrez, who missed all last season, has an arthritic condition that affects his hips and lower body, the Seattle Times reports.
The condition, ankylosing spondylitis, is responsible for the numerous injuries and illnesses Gutierrez dealt with the last few years. Gutierrez has not played a full season since 2010. Neither the Mariners nor Gutierrez has any expectations for this season. Best-case scenario seems to be he goes to Triple-A, proves he can still play and hopes for a callup.
Michael Wacha SP STL 14 Hrs
Wacha impressed on Wednesday in his spring debut against live hitters, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wacha wasn't back to his old self but he's evidently progressing faster than most had expected, including his own teammates. Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist called it a "really good day for Michael." Wacha could provide owners with some excellent value in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts this spring.
Edgar Olmos SP TEX 14 Hrs
Olmos has been sidelined with a sore shoulder, Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
This is another chip away at the Rangers' left-handed bullpen depth, with Michael Kirkman still in recovery from a shoulder impingement. Neither player is a blip on the fantasy radar, but them going down could possibly force Ross Detwiler, a strong rotation candidate for Texas, into the bullpen, as Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram speculates.
Ryan Perry RP DET 14 Hrs
Perry has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Perry hasn't seen the majors since eight bad innings with the Nationals in 2012, but he could still have a chance to make the Tigers as a depth/mop-up man.