MLB Player News
Yangervis Solarte is in line to enter the 2016 season as the San Diego Padres ' everyday third basemen, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
After a 2015 season where he made 85 starts at the position, it looks like the hot corner is where the 28-year-old will end up entering 2016. The Venezuela native also made 25 starts at first base and 14 starts at second last year, but after playing over half the year at third and posting a solid .967 fielding percentage, he will likely remain there. Cory Spangenberg, another third base option, is on tap to start the season at second given his 67 starts at the position for the Padres last year. Another potential option is Brett Wallace, but his meager five starts at third last season will likely keep him as a reserve for third base, not the starter.
Don Kelly signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Kelly signed with the Marlins last season, but was limited to one at bat in the majors due to a broken finger and then Tommy John surgery. If he's healthy for spring training, he'll likely compete for a reserve role as a utility player, thanks to his experience in playing almost every position on the field.
Justin Turner (knee) has not dealt with any setbacks in his recovery from a microfracture procedure in November, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Turner reportedly had a portion of the cartilage torn off the outside of his knee in the postseason, requiring him to undergo the surgery shortly after the season. Assuming the rest of his rehab process goes as planned, the 31-year-old third baseman should be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Arenado is coming off of a breakout season in which he hit .287 and led the National League in both home runs (42) and RBI (130) while playing in 157 games. The 24-year-old will receive a substantial raise in his first season of arbitration eligibility, but he won't hit free agency until after the 2020 campaign.
Justin Turner (knee) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $5.1 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Turner followed up an impressive 2014 with a productive 2015 campaign, hitting .294 with a career-high 16 home runs to go with 60 RBI and five steals. The third baseman underwent microfracture surgery on his knee in November, and while it's expected to keep him from working out at full speed until next month, he said he expects to be 100 percent by the time spring training begins.
Chris Johnson inked a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Given the depth for the Marlins in the infield, it's tough to see Johnson earning a starting job for the club, but he should battle for a spot as a utility infielder. The veteran played 83 games between the Braves and Indians last season, batting .255/.272/.320 with tree home runs and 18 RBI combined between the two over 243 at-bats, but offers little to look forward to in most fantasy leagues.
Rob Segedin was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Segedin was included in a package with cash or a player to be named later that sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson and infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Yankees. The 26-year-old split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization last season, posting a .278 batting average and .764 OPS in Triple-A. He'll likely serve as organizational depth for the Dodgers.
Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington believes Jung Ho Kang (knee) could return sometime in April, while Kang says that Opening Day isn't out of the question. "I don't know ... maybe," Kang told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The Pittsburgh infielder threw long toss Monday during minicamp. He's also able to jog and lift weights with his upper body, four months after suffering a broken leg. It still seems unlikely Kang will play at the start of the season, but it's becoming more reasonable to expect him back before the end of April. He's expected to serve as the Pirates' starting third baseman when healthy.
Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment Thursday, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Torreyes was DFA'd on Thursday in a corresponding move by the Los Angeles Dodgers to officially add Kenta Maeda to the 40-man roster. He appeared in just eight games with the Dodgers in 2015 and it would have been difficult for him to find a consistent role their infield this season with Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Chase Utley all in the fold.
Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington recently stated that Josh Harrison will take over starting second baseman duties following the departure of Neil Walker, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Harrison compiled a career year in 2014 (.315/.347/.490 ) as a super utilityman, but fell off last year (.287/.327/.390) when he primarily played third base. The 28-year-old began his pro career as a second baseman in the Cubs organization but has made only 67 of his 333 big-league starts there. Harrison's new-found positional stabilty helps ensure regular playing time but he'll have to field well -- he made 17 errors in 2015 -- to keep his full-time gig. Prospect Alen Hanson looms on the horizon.