MLB Player News
Travis Shaw will spend time in left field early on in training camp to determine if he's a viable option at the position, the Boston Herald reports.
As it stands now, Shaw has a good shot at making Boston's roster on his infield work alone, particularly as the Boston Red Sox try out Hanley Ramirez at first base, but by adding outfield to his resume should cement a roster spot for him. Shaw surprised everyone last season, hitting .270 with 13 homers in 248 plate appearances over August and September.
Greg Bird will undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum Tuesday and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
This is a decent blow to the New York Yankees , as Bird was one of their top prospects and was the main fill-in at first base when Mark Teixeira was injured. The 23-year-old had an impressive .872 OPS and 10.7% walk rate in 178 plate appearances with the major league club last season, but he also struck out in nearly one-third of his at-bats. With this development, Brian McCann might need to play more games at first base, or else the Yankees may have to search around for a new backup first baseman.
Joey Terdoslavich cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The 27-year-old slashed just .214/.254/.375 with only one home run in 28 games with Atlanta in 2015. With Chris Davis holding down first base for the Baltimore Orioles it is unlikely that Terdoslavich contributes much in 2016.
Albert Pujols has been cleared to hit off a tee, FOX Sports reports.
After removing the walking boot on his right foot in early January, Pujols will soon take another step in his recovery. The development doesn't change the expectation that the 36-year-old will reach full baseball activities by late March, which would likely equate to a DL trip to begin the season. Under that scenario, C.J. Cron would take a crack at regular DH duty until Pujols is ready to return.
Gaby Sanchez signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jerry Crasnick of Baseball America reports.
Sanchez spent last year playing baseball in Japan, posting a .226/.328/.392 slash line over 232 plate appearances. He expressed a wish to play in the majors again this season, and now that Seattle has signed him, he has his chance. The Mariners are pretty set at first base with Adam Lind, but the veteran will likely compete for the backup job and hope to make the big league team that way.
Joey Terdoslavich was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
The Orioles made their signing of Chris Davis official, which required a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster. Terdoslavich ended up being the odd man out after being claimed off waivers by the Orioles just under two weeks ago. The 27-year-old has appeared in 92 games in the majors since 2013, most recently batting .214 in 59 plate appearances last season with the Braves. He could be a good fit for a team looking for first base and/or corner outfield depth.
Chris Davis will return to the Baltimore Orioles on a seven-year, $161 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
It appeared Davis had spurned the Orioles and their previous $150 million offer, but the magic of Scott Boras and the Orioles lack of left-handed hitters and power without Davis was enough to get the deal done. Davis will remain in the home run haven of Camden Yards, which was the second most homer friendly park in MLB last season going by park factors. There is a very real, and possibly even inevitable, chance that this deal eventually sours, considering Davis' high strikeout rates and defense that is questionable even at first base. The deal is the largest in Orioles history and positions Davis firmly as one of their franchise players.
Marwin Gonzalez agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Houston Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports.
He offers much more real life value to the Astros than he could ever offer fantasy owners. Gonzalez can play every position in the infield in a pinch, but he will only start two or three days per week unless someone suffers an injury. Last year he posted career highs in OPS (.759), wOBA (.329), wRC+ (108) and home runs (12), so if he can repeat that performance in 2016 he will have value in AL-only formats and very deep mixed leagues.
Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.
Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Dec. 1, Trumbo is expected to serve as the Orioles' starting first baseman. He'll go from an extreme pitcher's park to a batter's park, but he did spend about one-third of last season with the Diamondbacks, who play in a stadium (Chase Field) that's arguably more hitter-friendly than Camden Yards.
Yonder Alonso and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a one-year deal Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The deal is reportedly worth $2.65 million.
Alonso, who came over from San Diego via trade in December, is expected to end up in a platoon situation at first base in 2016. He's coming off of a season in which he hit .282/.361/.381 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 2013 games.