MLB Player News

  • Blue Jays' Chris Colabello: Outrighted by Jays

    Colabello cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

    Colabello remains in the organization, but he's no longer on the 40-man roster. Other teams from around the league had the ability to claim the first baseman, but instead Colabello cleared waivers and remains under club control. This is his second career outright, meaning he can elect to become a free agent. The 33-year-old posted an .886 OPS for the Jays in 2015, but in 2016, he received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Colabello later appeared in 40 games for Triple-A Buffalo, managing a disappointing .180/.248/.288 slash line.

  • Yonder Alonso 1B | OAK

    Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Inks new deal with Oakland

    Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Alonso was considered a potential non-tender candidate, so this deal allows him to stay on in Oakland for a second season with the A's. The 29-year-old played in a career-high 156 games and posted a .253/.316/.367 line with seven home runs last season, and he figures to once again serve as the primary option at first base in 2017.

  • Rangel Ravelo 1B | OAK

    Athletics' Rangel Ravelo: Designated for assignment

    Ravelo was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

    The A's needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after inking Matt Joyce to a two-year contract. He has never reached the majors and has been a below league average hitter in 134 games at Triple-A.

  • Rangel Ravelo 1B | OAK

    Athletics' Rangel Ravelo: Designated for assignment

    Ravelo was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

    The A's needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after inking Matt Joyce to a two-year contract. He has never reached the majors and has been a below league average hitter in 134 games at Triple-A.

  • Ronald Guzman 1B | TEX

    Rangers' Ronald Guzman: Added to 40-man roster

    Guzman was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Friday.

    He hit .288/.348/.477 with 15 homers from the left side with Double-A Frisco in 2016, earning a promotion to Triple-A as a 21-year-old late in the year. This move was made primarily for Rule 5 protection, but there is an opening at first base in Arlington, one which Guzman could fill by the end of the 2017 campaign.

  • Daniel Palka 1B | MIN

    Twins' Daniel Palka: Added to 40-man roster Friday

    Palka was added to Minnesota's 40-man roster Friday.

    The 25-year-old strikes out a ton, but there's no denying his incredible power. Palka bashed 34 home runs between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016, and if he can continue hitting like that at the start of 2017, he could wind up at Target Field either in the outfield or as a designated hitter.

  • Jose Abreu 1B | CHW

    White Sox's Jose Abreu: Opts out of contract Monday

    Abreu opted out of his three-year deal with the White Sox on Monday and will go through the arbitration process year-by-year with them, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

    This doesn't change Abreu's fantasy prospects very much in the present given that he's still under club control through the 2019 season, although he could command a higher salary through this method. The slugger posted a .293/.353/.468 slash line last season to go with 25 home runs in 2016, and he'll look to continue that over the next few seasons as the White Sox primary first baseman.

  • Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Agrees to three-year deal with Blue Jays

    Morales agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

    The veteran got off to a sluggish start in 2016, batting .226 and .163 in April and May, respectively, but he bounced back and finished with 30 homers and 93 RBI for Kansas City. It was his second career 30-homer season and first since 2009. He's an established, switch-hitting middle-of-the-order bat and should help pick up the slack if Edwin Encarnacion and/or Jose Bautista leave in free agency.

  • Mike Napoli 1B | CLE

    Indians' Mike Napoli: Out of lineup for Game 4

    Napoli is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series.

    The 34-year-old will sit for the first time this postseason, allowing Carlos Santana to move in from left field to first base. Manager Terry Francona will have to decide whether to prioritize offense or defense again in Game 5 before the series shifts back to Cleveland.

  • C.J. Cron 1B | LAA

    Angels' C.J. Cron: Undergoes thumb surgery Tuesday

    Cron underwent an arthroscopic procedure to address a left thumb impingement Tuesday.

    Cron was apparently experiencing some pain at the base of his thumb, although it's unclear how and when the injury presented itself. The first baseman is expected to be cleared for full activity in 6-to-8 weeks, which should keep him from missing any time during spring training.