Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS/3B NYM 4 days ago
Cabrera is the leading candidate to start at third base for the Mets in 2018, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Cabrera bounced around the Mets' infield last year, appearing in 30 or more games at second base, shortstop and third base. While he's expected to start somewhere around the infield in 2018 after the Mets picked up his option, it appears New York would prefer to use him at the hot corner while looking elsewhere for a fill-in at second base. The 32-year-old has hit a respectable .280 with a .798 OPS, 37 homers and 121 RBI over the past two seasons (276 games) with the Mets.
Clint Frazier OF NYY 4 days ago
General manager Brian Cashman said Frazier is basically blocked at the big-league level next season, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
The Yankees seem set on using Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge as their everyday outfielders, with veteran Jacoby Ellsbury working as the reserve, leaving Frazier as the odd man out. He appeared in 39 games for the Yankees last season thanks to injuries; while he flashed some of his high upside, he finished the year with an unremarkable .231/.268/.448 line and 43 strikeouts in 142 plate appearances. He's still viewed as a big part of the Yankees' future, but for now, it appears he'll continue sharpening his skills in the minors while serving as a glorified depth piece.
7DGleyber Torres SS NYY 5 days ago
General manager Brian Cashman said Torres (elbow) could push for a starting spot as early as Opening Day, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
Cashman noted that the coaching staff thought Torres was ready for the Show on Opening Day last season, but ultimately decided to keep him in the minors for a little more seasoning. The 20-year-old flashed why he's seen as one of baseball's top prospects before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June, hitting .309/.406/.457 with seven homers and seven stolen bases in 23 games (96 plate appearances) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after earning a promotion from Double-A Trenton. He's on track to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, where he'll compete with Starlin Castro and Chase Headley for the starting job at second and third base, respectively.
Wilin Rosario C/1B FA 5 days ago
Rosario is drawing interest from MLB teams after playing the last two seasons in South Korea, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha after hitting hit 33 home runs in 2016 with a .961 OPS. MLB teams may be inspired to sign Rosario after Eric Thames' success lats season moving from the Korean Baseball Organization to MLB.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF/DH NYY 5 days ago
General manager Brian Cashman said Ellsbury will likely be the Yankees' fourth outfielder next season, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.
Cashman said Ellbsbury will still compete for an outfield spot, but that the team is basically set on starting Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge from left to right across the outfield. This isn't all too surprising, as Ellsbury didn't start a single postseason game in the outfield. The 34-year-old was still effective last season, hitting .264/.348/.402 with seven homers and 22 stolen bases in 112 games, and could earn a starting job elsewhere if he decides to waive his no-trade clause.
Bryce Brentz LF BOS 5 days ago
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said Brentz has the inside track on the Red Sox's fourth outfield spot, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Brentz, who was recently added to the 40-man roster, spent all of last season with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting a respectable .271/.334/.529 with 31 homers and 85 RBI in 120 games. With Chris Young gone to free agency, the Red Sox have decided to give Brentz a chance to earn a reserve outfield role out of spring training. He's held his own during a couple of brief major-league stints in 2015 and 2016, slashing .287/.311/.379 with one homer in 34 games.
Joe Mantiply RP NYY 5 days ago
Mantiply signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes and invitation to spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Mantiply spent all of 2017 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after failing to break camp with the Yankees. He held his own in the minors, compiling a 2.83 ERA and 62:18 K:BB in 70 innings, but never received a promotion thanks to New York's elite bullpen. He'll compete for a back-end bullpen spot for the Reds out of spring, though he could wind up at Triple-A to open the season.
Marco Hernández 2B/3B BOS 5 days ago
Hernandez is the leading candidate to open the year as the Red Sox's starting second baseman, with Dustin Pedroia (knee) expected to miss at least the first month of the season, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not rule out bringing someone from outside the organization in, but with Hernandez, Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero all in house, it seems they should be able to plug the hole internally. A shoulder injury cost Hernandez most of the 2017 season, but he has a career .284 average in 116 plate appearances and profiles as a quality defender at second base. Realistically, if the Red Sox go with Hernandez, he will still make way for their other internal options on occasion, and doesn't project to make enough impact with the bat over a short stretch to be useful in most formats.
OUTTrevor May RP MIN 5 days ago
May (elbow) threw 75 throws from 105 feet on Monday, according to his personal Twitter account.
He was working on throwing from 60 feet back in August, so it sounds like he is continuing to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, which he had in March. It is unclear when he will be ready for game action, but he could open the year on the DL.
OUTRyan Raburn LF/DH WSH 5 days ago
Raburn (back) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
He ended the year on the DL with a back injury, having last played for the Nationals on July 22. It is unclear if this deal comes with an invite to spring training, but regardless, Raburn is highly unlikely to see significant work in the majors in 2018. He was essentially a replacement level player last year (negative-0.1 fWAR), which has been the case for the last two seasons.