Bubba Starling CF KC 10 minutes ago
General manager Dayton Moore said Starling (oblique) will start the 2018 season with Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Starling was on the cusp of making his MLB debut in 2017 before an oblique injury cut his season short. He finished the year with a .248/.303/.381 line in 80 games for Omaha. While he's expected to start in the minors, Moore noted the team wouldn't hesitate to promote him if he gets off to a solid start.
Tyler Glasnow SP PIT 18 minutes ago
General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates are open to using Glasnow out of the bullpen to start the season, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
While Huntington noted the team views Glasnow as a starter long term, he didn't rule out the possibility of using him in a relief role. Despite being one of the more promising young arms in the game, Glasnow has yet to put it together at the major-league level, posting a 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 6.0 BB/9 over the past two seasons (85.1 innings). The 24-year-old owns a much more respectable 3.75 ERA in 12 innings of relief, so the Pirates may be hoping he can find form in the bullpen before moving back to the rotation.
José Iglesias SS DET 30 minutes ago
General manager Al Avila said he expects Iglesias to be the Tigers' starting shortstop in 2018, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The Tigers were apparently shopping Iglesias around, though it appears the team didn't receive any noteworthy offers. That may change, but for now, Iglesias is poised to return as the team's starter in 2018. He's a glove-first shortstop who hit just .255/.288/.369 with six homers and seven stolen bases last season, so he can probably be left alone outside of deeper leagues.
Luis Sardiñas SS BAL 35 minutes ago
Manager Buck Showalter said Sardinas is a candidate to serve a utility role next season, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.
The Orioles are in need of a utility man with Ryan Flaherty heading to free agency, and Sardinas could fill that role in 2018. He signed a minor-league contract with the team in October after finishing last season with Triple-A Norfolk. Throughout his career, the 24-year-old has appeared in multiple games at first base, second base, third base and shortstop. Sardinas hit just .163/.226/.163 in a 29-game stint with the Padres last season before being designated for assignment.
Seth Frankoff RP SEA 45 minutes ago
Frankoff signed a contract for 2018 to play for the Doosan Bears in South Korea, the Korea Herald reports.
Frankoff was released by the Cubs at the end of August, after making just one appearance for the big club. He threw 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out two batters. The Mariners picked him up off waivers shortly after, but released him so he could play in South Korea.
Kyle Lewis OF SEA 49 minutes ago
General manager Jerry Dipoto said he expects Lewis (knee) to be fully ready for spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Lewis is continuing to rehab the knee issue that forced him out of the Arizona Fall League at the end of October. Barring any setbacks, he should be fully healthy heading into next season. The highly touted 22-year-old will look to bounce back in 2018 after appearing in just 38 games and hitting .255/.323/.403 with High-A Modesto last season.
OUTBrandon Guyer LF/RF CLE 56 minutes ago
Guyer (wrist) may not be ready for Opening Day, though he's expected to be fine for the majority of the season, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Guyer hurt his right wrist in mid-September and eventually underwent surgery in October. While the issue may keep him sidelined to start the 2018 campaign, it doesn't sound like he'll miss too much action. He hit .236/.326/.327 in 70 games last season.
OUTChris Owings 2B/SS/RF ARI 1 hour ago
Owings (finger) will be used in a super-utility role next season, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Owings proved to be a versatile asset again in 2017, playing shortstop, second base, right field and left field for the Diamondbacks before suffering a season-ending broken finger at the end of July. While he held his own at the plate (.268/.299/.442 with 12 homers and 12 stolen bases), his poor defense and below-average on-base skills aren't necessarily desirable traits in an everyday starter, prompting Arizona to shift him to a utility role. Owings was forced to undergo a second surgery on his broken finger in November, leaving his status for Opening Day up in the air.
OUTCarlos Rodon SP CWS 1 hour ago
General manager Rick Hahn said Rodon (shoulder) remains without a timetable for his return, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hahn noted he's received encouraging reports regarding Rodon's rehab, though he wouldn't speculate on the southpaw's status for Opening Day. Things should clear up closer to spring training. The White Sox figure to play it safe with Rodon, as the 25-year-old made just 12 starts last season due to injuries. He posted a 4.15 ERA but flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff, fanning 76 batters in 69.1 innings.
Robinson Canó 2B SEA 1 hour ago
Manager Scott Servais said Cano was bothered by a lower body issue for the second half of 2017, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
This is the second consecutive year Cano has been hindered by lower body issues, though the issues have primarily limited him in the field and on the bases rather than at the plate, according to Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle. The veteran second baseman, who still hit .280/.338/.453 with 23 homers last season, is expected to be full healthy heading into 2018.