MLB Player News
Taylor Featherston was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Featherston was the causality when the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday. He got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.
Donovan Solano received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Solano has appeared in the majors in parts of the last four seasons. That being said, his hitting numbers have tapered off since his debut in the bigs, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training if he can't get his bat going against major league pitching.
Deibinson Romero received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
Romero spent 2015 in Korea and put up some decent power numbers. He'll try to compete for a corner infield spot on the New York Yankees roster, but there's a good chance that he'll head to the minors after spring training.
Ronald Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on Monday.
Torreyes has now been acquired by the Yankees for the second time in the past 20 days. The 23-year-old infielder will provide depth for the Yankees after spending time with the farm systems of the Blue Jays, Astros and Dodgers in 2015. Lane Adams was designated for assignment to make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster.
Deibinson Romero signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Romero spent 2015 with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization. In 76 games, the 29-year-old had a .777 OPS with 12 home runs and 50 RBI. With the recent development of Greg Bird's shoulder surgery, Romero could compete for the backup first base job in spring training, but it's also likely that he'll just act as organizational depth at the corner infield positions.
Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment Wednesday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
The team needed to clear a spot for newly acquired Jefry Marte on the 40-man, so Torreyes was the casualty. They had just picked him up on Monday, and obviously weren't that committed to the idea of him becoming a useful piece at the big league level. His only offensive tool that could be above average is his hit tool. With 339 games under his belt between Double-A and Triple-A, it is hard to get too excited about his prospects going forward, even though he is just 23 years old.
Jefry Marte was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday from Detroit in exchange for Kody Eaves.
The 24-year-old corner infielder hit .213 in 90 MLB plate appearances, and was recently designated for assignment by the Tigers, which likely prompted the Angels to inquire about him. Yunel Escobar will be tasked with handling the everyday duties at third base for the Angels this season, but it's reasonable to think Marte could distinguish himself as a more deserving organizational replacement option than Kaleb Cowart or Kyle Kubitza if he puts together a good season at Triple-A. His bat does not really profile at first base long term, even though he was used there as an emergency option in Detroit last year.
Ronald Torreyes was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Torreyes had been traded to the Yankees earlier this month, and shortly after being designated for assignment, the 23-year-old infielder has found another new home. The Angels wanted some organizational infield depth, and they've got it with this man, as he has played all over the infield during his career. To make room for Torreyes on the 40-man roster, Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment.
Trevor Plouffe and the Minnesota Twins agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.25 million deal Monday, avoiding arbitration, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Plouffe drove in 86 runs and hit .244 last season, down from the career-best .258 mark he posted in 2014. He figures to return in a similar role in 2016, though with Miguel Sano expected to play more regularly in the field, Plouffe may face competition at third base. The 29-year-old also played sparingly at first base last season, so that may be an option, but GM Terry Ryan said back in October that he does not anticipate Plouffe moving to the outfield, where he hasn't played since 2012.
Pablo Sandoval has lost 20-22 pounds this winter, according to manager John Farrell, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
It sounds like Sandoval has committed to improving his physical fitness as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $95 million pact with Boston, but we won't be able to see the fruits of his labor until Grapefruit League play begins. The 29-year-old's biggest issue last year was against left-handed pitching, as he posted a sub-.500 OPS against southpaws with zero home runs. His fantasy stock is down significantly from a year ago as a result, but Sandoval is locked in as the Boston Red Sox 's primary third baseman entering camp.