Logan Schafer OF/DH MIN 14 hours ago
Schafer became a free agent after declining his outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Schafer spent 2016 splitting time between the majors and the minors, but couldn't stick with the Twins due to his hitting woes. That being said, Schafer does offer a bit of speed and a good propensity to draw walks, so he could land with a new club fairly soon. However, he doesn't project more than a Quad-A outfielder until his bat translates to the big leagues.
Andrew Albers SP MIN 14 hours ago
Albers elected free agency Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 30-year-old spent some time at the major league level, but his success was extremely limited. Albers hasn't ever been great at the major league level, so it's unlikely that he'll be more than a Quad-A pitcher anywhere he ends up.
Xavier Scruggs 1B MIA 14 hours ago
Scruggs was outrighted from the Marlins' 40-man roster and elected free agency, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 29-year-old mashed during his tenure with Triple-A New Orleans, but his bat simply didn't translate to the big leagues. Scruggs will look to land with an organization in need of depth at first base, as it's unlikely he'll get a major role with any team until he proves he can consistently hit major league pitching.
Ryan Merritt SP CLE 15 hours ago
Merritt was notified that he's on the Indians' World Series roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Following his heroics in Game 5 of the ALCS, the Indians decided to reward the left-hander with a roster spot for the World Series, although his role on this squad remains to be seen. Merritt definitely seems like a potential option to Cleveland's Game 4 starter, although Corey Kluber could pitch on short rest if needed, and Danny Salazar (forearm) could also swipe the start now that he's been added to the World Series roster as well. Things should become clearer as the series plays out.
John Lackey SP CHC 15 hours ago
Lackey is the scheduled starter for Game 4 of the Cubs' World Series matchup with the Indians, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
As was the case during the rest of the postseason, Lackey will line up fourth in the rotation behind Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. This puts Lackey in a position to pitch at Wrigley Field on Saturday and face either Ryan Merritt, Corey Kluber, or Danny Salazar (forearm).
Kyle Hendricks SP CHC 15 hours ago
Hendricks will start Game 3 of the Cubs' World Series matchup with the Indians on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Hendricks typically lined up right after Jon Lester in the postseason rotation, but given the fact that the right-hander pitched in the final game of the NLCS, manager Joe Maddon opted to move Jake Arrieta up to Game 2. The 26-year-old is now scheduled to take the ball for the first game of the series at Wrigley Field, likely against right-hander Josh Tomlin.
OUTDanny Salazar SP CLE 15 hours ago
Salazar (forearm) was informed that he will make the Indians' World Series roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game over the weekend, and it appears that it went well enough to warrant a roster spot on baseball's biggest stage. It's unclear what type of role the right-hander will fill, but Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway said that Salazar could pitch 65-70 pitches if need be, meaning that a rotation spot is still not out of the realm of possibility for the 26-year-old.
OUTJohn Lamb SP CIN 16 hours ago
Lamb (back) underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Lamb has experienced his fair share of injury issues over his career, but this surgery will keep him out for a good amount of time. Its unclear what kind of timetable the left-hander is facing, but he is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. His return date should become closer as he progresses through his rehab process.
Jake Arrieta SP CHC 16 hours ago
Arrieta is scheduled to start Game 2 of the Cubs' World Series matchup with the Indians, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Arrieta had been lining up behind Kyle Hendricks through most of the postseason, but given the fact that Hendricks pitched Chicago's final NLCS game against the Dodgers, manager Joe Maddon decided to hand the ball to Arrieta in Game 2. The 30-year-old is expected to face Trevor Bauer at Progressive Field during Wednesday's tilt.
DTDTrevor Bauer SP CLE 16 hours ago
Bauer (hand) is scheduled to start Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs, although manager Terry Francona said that there's a chance that he won't pitch that game if his injured finger doesn't heal enough over the coming days, ESPN reports.
Bauer said that he would be ready for the World Series, but it seems that Francona still isn't ready to commit to anything until the right-hander can prove that he's completely healthy. If Bauer isn't ready to go for Game 2, he could slide to Game 3 on Thursday while Josh Tomlin takes his spot in the second match.