Mark Lowe RP SEA 2 Days
Lowe signed a minor league contract with the Mariners that includes an invite to spring training.
Aside from seven appearances with the big club in May and June, Lowe spent the 2014 season with the Indians' Triple-A Columbus affiliate, posting a 5.62 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 41.2 innings. He'll get to make his case for a bullpen spot in the spring, but it seems likely Lowe will once again start the year at Triple-A.
Matt Kemp OF SD 2 Days
Kemp's physical exam earlier in the week revealed that he is dealing with severe arthritis in both hips, USA Today reports.
The discovery has the Padres debating whether to finalize or void the trade that brought Kemp to San Diego, which was agreed upon last week. According to CBSSports.com, the hip issues are seen as unlikely to derail the deal, but it may force to two sides to re-work the specifics. The deadline to complete the deal is the end of the day Thursday.
Jarret Martin SP MIL 2 Days
Martin was traded to the Brewers on Thursday.
Martin has not pitched in a big league game, but he showed enough promise to be added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster last season, so he could be a bullpen option for the Brewers at some season.
Matt Long LF MIL 2 Days
Long was traded from the Angels to the Dodgers, and then from the Dodgers to the Brewers on Thursday.
Long will head to Milwaukee after splitting last season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels. He will likely open the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Eury De La Rosa RP OAK 2 Days
De La Rosa was traded to the A's on Thursday for cash considerations, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.
De La Rosa spent his first significant time in the Majors in 2014 and compiled a 2.95 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 36.2 innings. He should compete for a spot in the A's bullpen in 2015, but the A's do have a number of lefty relievers certain to make the squad, so De La Rosa could end up in Triple-A to start the year.
Oswaldo Arcia RF MIN 2 Days
Arcia is dealing with a tendon issue in his right hand, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Arcia suffered the injury will playing winter ball and has been sidelined over a week. The injury is reportedly considered minor, so it should not prevent Arcia from being ready for spring training. However, an offseason injury is hardly good news for a player who has dealt with several different injuries in his two seasons at the big league level.
Jose Iglesias SS DET 2 Days
Iglesias, who is recovering from stress fractures in both shins, has been running this offseason, Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports.
It's not entirely clear where Iglesias stands in his recovery, but it's a good sign that he is able to get on his feet and run. The Tigers believe he will be ready to go when spring training kicks off in February.
Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 3 Days
Jimenez made an adjustment in his delivery late in the 2014 season, MASN Sports reports.
Inconsistency lead to the Orioles yanking Jimenez from the rotation in August. Jimenez went on to appear in just three games in September before being left off the postseason roster. It is possible Jimenez can turn it around, but there is always a word of caution when players make adjustments or gain/lose weight. Jimenez had seven walks in 11 innings in September, a sign that his change in mechanics did not produce fruitful results.
Kevin Gausman SP BAL 3 Days
Gausman should be considered an "impact pitcher" in 2015, former baseball executive Jim Duquette told MASN Sports.
Normally, such statements are purely speculative, but we can assume Jim Duquette has knowledge of Baltimore's plans given he is the cousin of Orioles' Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette. The Orioles have options remaining on Gausman, but as long as he can hold his own in spring training it is probably time to take off the training wheels and give Gausman a shot to hold down a rotation spot.
Manny Machado 3B BAL 3 Days
The Orioles believe Machado (knee) will be ready for Opening Day next spring, CSN Baltimore reports.
Though Machado's injury came in the middle of a pennant chase, the injury occurred early enough in that his 4-to-6 month recovery time should have him ready for spring training. It was the second season in a row that Machado suffered a blown out knee. It could be coincidence, or Machado could be on the fringe of gaining notoriety for injury concerns.