Ryan Tepera RP TOR 12 hours ago
Tepera is working on developing a split changeup, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
While Tepera is expected to serve as one of the Blue Jays' top setup men in 2018, the reliever noted that he'd ultimately love to join the team's rotation at some point down the line, which prompted him to add a third offering to his repertoire this offseason. The 30-year-old hasn't started since 2013, when he posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 20 starts (99.2 innings) with Double-A New Hampshire. He finished the 2017 campaign with a 3.59 ERA and 81:31 K:BB across 77.2 innings of relief.
Tyler Thornburg RP BOS 13 hours ago
Thornburg, who underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in June, believes he can have a normal spring training and be ready by Opening Day, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Thornburg has reportedly been progressing well through his throwing program, which he picked up Oct. 2, and has his sights set on the start of the 2018 campaign. That said, even if the southpaw is ready by Opening Day, he noted he may not be available to pitch on consecutive days right away, according to Tim Britton of The Providence Journal. Given the issues other pitchers have had following the same procedure, Thornburg's effectiveness remains to be seen, though the 29-year-old could prove to be a vital part of Boston's bullpen during the upcoming season if he's able to regain his pre-surgery form (2.15 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 90:25 K:BB in 67 innings with the Brewers in 2016).
OUTTrevor May RP MIN 16 hours ago
May (elbow) has been throwing from 120 feet and hopes to throw off a mound by the end of January, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
May missed all of 2017 after suffering a torn UCL in spring training, resulting in Tommy John surgery. He resumed throwing last August and has been gradually increasing his intensity and throwing distance. He's not expected to be ready for the start of the season and could return in May.
OUTHanley Ramírez 1B/DH BOS 17 hours ago
Ramirez (shoulder) has already begun throwing following surgery in mid-October, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Ramirez continues to work his way back from a minor procedure that repaired his left shoulder after playing through shoulder issues throughout the 2017 season. The 34-year-old should be at full health heading into spring training, barring any setbacks.
Adam Wilk SP FA 18 hours ago
Wilk signed a minor-league contract with the Indians on Saturday which includes an invite to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.
Wilk appeared in four big-league games between the Twins and Mets in 2017, allowing 14 runs off 24 hits and nine walks over 14 innings. He had a fairly mediocre time at the Triple-A level as well, and will have a tough time finding a spot within the Indians' staff this spring. The southpaw will earn $560,000 if he makes the major-league roster, and holds the right to opt out of this deal if he isn't with Cleveland on Opening Day.
OUTYandy Diaz 3B CLE 1 day ago
Diaz will not need surgery for a sports hernia suffered during winter ball, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
It's not clear where Diaz stands in his recovery from the injury he suffered in November, but it seems things are progressing as planned because he has not gone under the knife. The report also notes that the Indians plan to keep playing Diaz mainly at third base in 2018, as opposed to using him in more of a utility role.
Dominic Leone RP TOR 2 days ago
Leone was traded to the Cardinals on Friday along with Conner Greene in exchange for Randal Grichuk.
The 26-year-old righty posted a 2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 70.1 innings of relief in his breakout 2017 campaign. St. Louis has yet to acquire a legitimate closer this offseason, so Luke Gregerson and Tyler Lyons are the current favorites to get saves in 2018. Barring any further moves (the Cardinals have been a rumored landing spot for Alex Colome), Leone could enter that ninth-inning mix at some point in 2018 if Gregerson or Lyons struggles.
Randal Grichuk LF/RF STL 2 days ago
Grichuk was traded to the Blue Jays on Friday in exchange for Conner Greene and Dominic Leone.
It seemed inevitable that the Cardinals would trade away an outfielder or two after acquiring Marcell Ozuna, and Toronto is a pretty nice landing spot for Grichuk. Curtis Granderson and Steve Pearce are the incumbents in the outfield corners, but Grichuk, who has reverse platoon splits, could take over the strong side of a platoon with Pearce starting against lefties. The 26-year-old has hit 20-plus home runs in back-to-back seasons, even though he was sent to Triple-A for stretches of both campaigns. He doesn't project to hit for a very high average, but will serve as a cheap source of power late in drafts.
OUTMichael Pineda SP MIN 2 days ago
Pineda (elbow) could return in August or September this season but wouldn't be used as a starter, Twins Executive Vice President Derek Falvey told freelance writer Brian Hall.
The 28-year-old righty underwent Tommy John surgery on July 18. The Twins signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract in December with an eye toward him joining the rotation in 2019. However, it doesn't sound like he's been ruled out from pitching in the majors in 2018.
Chasen Bradford RP NYM 2 days ago
Bradford was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Friday.
The Mariners 40-man roster is now at capacity following this move. Bradford was recently designated for assignment by the Mets in order to make room for Adrian Gonzalez after appearing in 28 games with the team in 2017. He accumulated a 3.74 ERA and 27:13 K:BB over 33.2 innings and figures to provide more depth in the Mariners' bullpen if he makes the team out of spring training.