Tony Renda 2B CIN 2 days ago
Renda cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Renda hopped up to the big leagues for a pair of stints late last season, but his defensive versatility and advanced eye at the plate weren't enough to overcome the .183 batting average he put up in 60 at-bats in Cincinnati, leading the Reds to cast him off the 40-man roster. Renda does possess a bit of speed and got on base at a .363 clip in the minors last season, but he projects as little more than organizational depth moving forward.
OUTChris Herrmann C ARI 2 days ago
Herrmann, whose 2016 season ended prematurely with a broken hand, may be in line for a significant increase in playing time following the D-backs' decision to non-tender Welington Castillo last week.
With veteran defensive stalwart Jeff Mathis inked to a two-year deal, the D-backs may lean on Herrmann in the larger portion of a platoon to begin the season, after the 29-year-old hit .284/.352/.493 with six homers in limited playing time a year ago. Former Rule 5 selection Oscar Hernandez is also on the 40-man roster, but he carried a mere .609 OPS at Double-A last season in his age-22 campaign. Unless another veteran is added to the fold before Opening Day, Herrmann figures to get an opportunity to eclipse 200 plate appearances in a big league season for the first time in his career in 2017.
Jose Reyes SS/3B NYM 2 days ago
Reyes will work out in the outfield during spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
With the Mets hoping that David Wright (neck) will be healthy at the onset of the 2017 campaign, general manager Sandy Alderson expressed that he hopes to expand the 33-year-old's defensive repertoire in order to make him a more versatile asset. Specifically, it seems that the Mets are interested in having him take some reps in center field now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the fold for a corner outfield spot along with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce (with the latter two potentially being traded away prior to the offseason's conclusion). Reyes has only played shortstop and third base during his career in the major leagues, so there is definitely the potential for some growing pains as he learns the in's and out's of patrolling the outfield.
OUTDavid Wright 3B NYM 2 days ago
Wright (neck) is expected to begin baseball activities by the end of December, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
Wright missed the bulk of the past two seasons due to injury woes, but it appears that the veteran is on track to get back on the diamond relatively soon even after undergoing a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery in June. No specific timetable exists for his return, but general manager Sandy Alderson was adamant that Wright will be their starting third baseman, so it seems like the Mets are confident that he should be recovered and ready to go in the not-too-distant future.
OUTLorenzo Cain CF/RF KC 2 days ago
Royals manager Ned Yost said that Cain (wrist) will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts and that he's on schedule with his rehab this offseason, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The expectation is that Cain won't be able to swing a bat for another couple of weeks, but his rehab progress to this point is a very encouraging sign as the Royals look to get him ready for Opening Day. In addition to missing time last season, Cain's slash line took a hit across the board in 2016 as he failed to hit .300 for the first time since 2013 while seeing his slugging percentage fall from .477 to .408.
OUTMike Moustakas 3B KC 2 days ago
Royals manager Ned Yost said that Moustakas will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
The knee injury was preceded by a thumb ailment, and Moustakas was on the field for just 27 games in 2016. One particularly encouraging sign last season was that he sustained the power increase he showed in 2015 (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll likely be able to accumulate spring training at-bats in Arizona in March.
Ashur Tolliver RP HOU 2 days ago
Tolliver was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This marks the second time Tolliver was plucked off waivers since September, as two teams now have deemed him unworthy of a 40-man roster spot. The left-hander's numbers in the minor leagues were solid though, as he struck out 42 batters and only allowed 11 runs across 40/1 innings at the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season, so if he can translate any of that success to the big leagues, he could serve as a decent low-leverage arm out of the bullpen.
Carlos Beltran RF/DH HOU 2 days ago
Beltran will split time between left field and designated hitter with the Astros in 2017, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
This makes sense, as Josh Reddick has the better arm, making him a better fit in right field. Presumably when Brian McCann is out of the lineup (against lefties), Evan Gattis will slot in at catcher with Beltran getting the start at DH. The fact that he will get to DH a couple times each week should help Beltran's legs stay fresh in his age-40 season. He should play almost every day, potentially batting cleanup in what should be one of the best lineups in baseball.
OUTJoey Rickard OF BAL 2 days ago
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Rickard (thumb) with Hyun Soo Kim in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Based on his performance as a rookie last season, Rickard makes sense on the small side of a platoon after he hit .313/.367/.494 against southpaws in 2016 (by comparison, he hit just .247/.296/.322 against righties). Much like Kim, Rickard offered very little in terms of homers (5) or steals (4) a year ago, but the duo might generate a steady number of runs scored if manager Buck Showalter uses them in a table-setting role.
Hyun-Soo Kim LF BAL 2 days ago
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team plans to platoon Kim with Joey Rickard in left field for 2017, the Baltimore Sun reports.
With the potential loss of Mark Trumbo in free agency, the O's are apparently setting their sights on finding a regular right fielder this offseason, while leaving left field to a duo that covered a combined 105 games at the position in 2016. While the construction of the lineup is unclear with approximately four months to go before Opening Day, Kim was often used as the team's No. 2 hitter during the second half of the season. Although he struggled during spring training, and initially to open last season, Kim finished with a .302/.382/.420 line. It should be noted, however, that Kim contributed very little in terms of home runs (six) and stolen bases (1), but he could be a useful source of runs scored if the team's current left field plans afford him four or five starts per week on the large side of a platoon.