MLB Player News
Jeimer Candelario was added to the Chicago Cubs ' 40-man roster on Friday, the Daily Herald's Bruce Miles reports.
The slick-fielding third baseman has a future in the big leagues, but it will be hard for him to crack the Cubs' lineup, given their abundance of infield talent. This makes him an intriguing trade chip this winter, although his glove-first profile makes him unappealing in dynasty leagues.
Hernan Perez signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
The Tigers were said to be interested in bringing Perez back, but the Brewers convinced him to return, perhaps with the promise of a competition for playing time at third base in spring training. Perez, 24, hit just one homer and drew five walks in 112 games in the majors last season, so even if he works into a major-league role, it's hard to see him becoming relevant outside the deepest of NL-only formats.
Adonis Garcia is a legitimate candidate to begin 2016 as the Atlanta Braves ' starting third baseman, MLB.com reports.
Pointing to Garcia's double-digit home run total in less than 200 plate appearances with Atlanta, GM John Coppolella said "it's something where I felt he earned an opportunity." The team is not yet ready to formally name Garcia to the starting role, but it seems confident in Hector Olivera's ability to transition to left field. Garcia, who will turn 31 less than two weeks into the 2016 season, drew just five walks with the big club last season, and the power seems unsustainable given his below-league-average flyball rate.
The Atlanta Braves plan to have Hector Olivera make the transition from third base to left field in 2016, MLB.com reports.
While the transition has seemingly already begun, with Olivera starting to play left field in Puerto Rico earlier this month, the Braves aren't setting anything in stone just yet. General manager John Coppolella said Olivera could split time at third with Adonis Garcia if the transition does not go well, but the hope is that Olivera will be relieved of some stress playing in left, allowing him to focus more on hitting. Of course, Olivera will still be third-base eligible in most fantasy formats, having played there exclusively after his promotion to Atlanta (21 games).
Maikel Franco is scheduled to begin playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic later this week, MLB.com reports.
The stint in winter ball will allow Franco to make up for at-bats lost during his seven-week absence at the end of the 2015 season due to a fractured left wrist. Franco, 23, did make it back for the Philadelphia Phillies ' final three games, going 3-for-8 with a homer, bringing his total to 14 home runs in 80 games for the season. Only Ryan Howard had more home runs on the team (23).
Justin Turner revealed last weekend that his recent knee surgery included a microfracture procedure, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Speaking at Adrian Gonzalez's charity softball game, Turner said that a piece of cartilage had been torn off on the outside part of his knee, necessitating the microfracture surgery. He dealt with a bruised knee throughout much of the second half, but Turner believes the cartilage damage happened in the postseason. While Turner won't be able to run at full strength for approximately three months, he is confident he will be a full go at the start of spring training.
Russ Canzler elected free agency on Friday.
Canzler was in the mix for a roster spot with the Philadelphia Phillies last spring, but failed to win a job and never got a shot in the majors during the regular season. He hit .274/.333/.416 with 10 home runs in 394 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Juan Uribe (chest) is on the New York Mets ' World Series roster, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.
This will be Uribe's first opportunity on the Mets' postseason roster as the veteran had been kept out of the previous two series due to a chest injury. Matt Reynolds, the de-facto backup shortstop after Ruben Tejada broke his leg during the NLDS, will lose his spot on the roster in place of Uribe. It's unlikely the 36-year-old, who is one of the only players on the roster to have any World Series experience, will get any starts against the Royals in the series, but he could be a valuable pinch-hitter if called upon.
Mets infielder Juan Juan Uribe (chest), injured September 20 and out since September 25, took batting practice Saturday and will travel with the New York Mets to Kansas City, The Record reports.
Uribe, one of the few Mets with World Series experience, reportedly looked great during batting practice. If he is on the team's 25-man roster, it likely will come at the expense of Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will have surgery on his left knee Thursday, but is expected to be ready for spring training, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.
Turner had his best season, blowing past his career high in home runs with 16 long balls and a .294/.370/.491 slash line. He should be back playing pretty regularly in 2016.