MLB Player News

  • Clint Robinson 1B | WAS

    Nationals' Clint Robinson: Placed on waivers

    Robinson was placed on waivers by the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

    Robinson was battling for the backup role at first base, but that job will now go to recent signee Adam Lind, while this also clears the way for Wilmer Difo and Michael Taylor to fight for a final bench spot. Teams will now have 72 hours to claim the 32-year-old, and if not, he'll have the option to head to Triple-A Syracuse if he wants.

  • Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: Scooped up by Diamondbacks

    Walker was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Walker was designated for assignment after the Reds claimed Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers. The 26-year-old was 7-for-37 (.189) this spring before being optioned down to Triple-A. He carries some power potential, but he'll likely spend the year as organizational depth with the Diamondbacks in 2017.

  • Braves' Freddie Freeman: Three more hits Monday

    Freeman went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

    He's been scorching hot all spring, hitting .500 through 40 at-bats, but only two of his 20 hits have gone for extra bases so the performance isn't quite as impressive as it looks at first glance. Nonetheless, Freeman will carry a lot of momentum into Opening Day as he looks to build on his breakout 2016.

  • Brandon Belt 1B | SF

    Giants' Brandon Belt: Expected to bat second in order

    Manager Bruce Bochy has signaled in his Cactus League lineups that he plans to use Belt as his No. 2 hitter to begin the season, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

    While Belt has yet to emerge as the consistent 20-plus-homer threat the Giants probably envisioned early on during his time in the big leagues, he's been an on-base machine throughout his six seasons with the team. After posting a career-best .394 mark in 2016, Belt's presence in the two hole in front of Hunter Pence, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford would seemingly help his chances of establishing a new career high in runs, though he could sacrifice some RBI opportunities as a result. Manager Bruce Bochy isn't necessarily married to the idea of using Belt as his No. 2 hitter, so if the team struggles to generate offense early in the season, it's possible that Belt could move into the heart of the order.

  • Jose Osuna 1B | PIT

    Pirates' Jose Osuna: Roster odds limited

    Osuna, who is hitting .417 in 48 at-bats, is facing an uphill battle in his fight to make the Opening Day roster, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

    The first baseman/outfielder has done everything possible to earn a spot, but his fate will probably come down to whether the team keeps four or five starting pitchers to open 2017. There's also a slim possibility Gregory Polanco (left shoulder) could be placed on the DL, which would increase Osuna's odds. General manager Neal Huntington has stated he'd like to have the right-handed-hitting Osuna in place to face Boston's Chris Sale and other southpaws, but the team currently has more pressing roster matters.

  • Mark Reynolds 1B | COL

    Rockies' Mark Reynolds: Added to 40-man roster

    The Rockies selected the contract of Reynolds on Sunday, adding him to the 40-man roster, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

    Reynolds, who was attending camp as a non-roster invitee, is expected to open the season as the team's regular starting first baseman after Ian Desmond suffered a fractured hand, which will likely keep him out until late April. The 33-year-old turned in an .806 OPS over 441 plate appearances with the Rockies in 2016 while trimming his strikeout rate to 25.4 percent, the lowest mark of his career.

  • Adam Lind 1B | WAS

    Nationals' Adam Lind: Slow start to spring

    Lind is batting .171 (7-for-41) with two doubles and three RBI over 21 spring training games.

    Lind inked a one-year deal with the Nationals this offseason to serve as a left-handed bench bat and backup first baseman. The 33-year-old has seen his offensive numbers dip in each of his past three big league seasons, and his slow start to spring is not an encouraging sign. He'll need to pick things up during the regular season if he hopes to receive semi-regular at-bats for the Nats.

  • Ryan Zimmerman 1B | WAS

    Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Another multi-hit game Saturday

    Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

    The 32-year-old seemed to flip a switch about 10 days ago, and Zimmerman has 12 hits in his last 23 at-bats (.522) this spring with a home run, three doubles and a 5:3 BB:K. If he can carry that momentum at the plate forward into the regular season the veteran could prove to be a draft-day steal, but he remains purely an endgame dart given his declining production over the last couple of years.

  • Brandon Belt 1B | SF

    Giants' Brandon Belt: Hits third homer of spring

    Belt crushed a three-run homer in Friday's win over the Rockies. It was his only hit in four at-bats.

    The 28-year-old is quietly having a consistent spring, slashing .289/.340/.600 in 49 plate appearances. Quiet and consistent are also ways to describe the first baseman's offensive game. In his last three full seasons, Belt has averaged 17.3 homers, 72.3 RBI and 75.3 runs. The one aspect of his game that stands out from the rest is his ability to get on base at a high clip (.394 on-base percentage in 2016), which obviously inflates his value in leagues that incorporate that statistic. Barring an injury, we should expect more of the same from Belt in 2017.

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Successful return Friday

    Gonzalez (elbow) returned to the lineup Friday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs in a spring win over the Diamondbacks.

    This was the veteran first baseman's first game action since having his elbow inflammation flare up last Sunday. The slugger's stock already took a slight hit when the Dodgers announced that they would be giving him more scheduled rest days this season, but this lingering elbow injury is a slight cause for concern as well. That being said, Gonzalez has been the model of health and consistency over his 12-year professional career, so it is tough not to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to durability.