MLB Player News
Yasiel Puig will be investigated by the commissioner's office under MLB's new domestic violence policy after an incident at a Miami bar Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reports.
Nobody is pressing charges after Puig apparently got into a fist fight with a bouncer, so police consider the case closed. However, MLB still has the power to dole out punishment under the new policy. The domestic violence element stems from a TMZ report that bar employees got involved in the situation after Puig had a physical altercation with his sister. MLB has the power to hand out any punishment they deem necessary in these cases, so in theory Puig is in danger of being suspended for games in 2016.
Ryan Braun is progressing well from offseason back surgery, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "I feel pretty good, knock on wood," Braun said Wednesday. "The only surprise is the rehab is a little longer than I was anticipating, just a couple months of rehab. Other than that, everything was as expected."
Although the initial recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.
Matt Tuiasosopo signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves that includes an invitation to attend spring training.
Tuiasosopo spent 2015 in the White Sox organization with Triple-A Charlotte. He showed a good ability to play corner infield and outfield positions, and put up a solid .791 OPS with 18 homers and 52 RBI, although he did strike out a whopping 29.1% percent of the time. The Braves have a lot of options at the corner infield and outfield spots, so it'll be tough for Tuiasosopo to be more than organizational depth.
Logan Schafer signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Schafer appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee last season, recording a .221/.299/.311 slash line to go along with one home in 122 at-bats (he has hit just five homers in his major league career). The 29-year-old has never been known for his offensive, but he can play every outfield spot, making him a potentially useful bench player for Washington in 2016.
Danny Ortiz signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha 96.3 reports.
Ortiz will likely start the 2016 season in the Pirates' minor league system, and there is a decent chance he doesn't leave the minors at all. He has yet to make a major league appearance and was signed by Pittsburgh after spending his career in the Twins' organization.
Kyle Jensen signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Jensen has never appeared in the majors, but he has flashed intriguing power in the minors, slugging 20 homers in 2015 and hitting 27 the year before. He'll likely start the season in the minors and will serve as outfield depth for the big league club.
The Cincinnati Reds have made it clear that nearly everyone on the team is available in trade talks, including Jay Bruce .
Bruce has a limited no-trade clause, including a number of big-market teams. Potential acquiring teams will need to address whether his low batting averages the last two seasons are part of the new norm in today's game and whether they're ok with that if that's the case.
The Pittsburgh Pirates chose not to protect Barrett Barnes from the Rule 5 draft.
The 45th pick in the 2012 draft, Barnes has struggled with injuries since being drafted. He played in a career-high 95 games split between High-A and Double-A in 2015, slashing .256/.352/.403 with nine homers and 17 stolen bases. The 24-year-old totaled only 101 games in his first three pro seasons, however, which makes one wonder if he can stay healthy for 2016.
Brandon Barnes avoided arbitration with the Colorado Rockies on Friday with a one-year deal, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The exact dollar figure is not yet known, but it doesn't figure to be high, given Barnes' .655 OPS and two home runs in 106 games and that this is his first go-around in arbitration.
Bryce Harper said Thursday that he's open to a contract extension with the Washington Nationals , the team's website reports. "I'm definitely excited to be part of the Nationals organization," said Harper. "I think that being able to play in [Nationals Park], this city, this town, around the fans, it's such a great place to play. Baseball is up and coming... I'm very excited to further my career with the Nationals. I have a couple of more years in D.C., and then hopefully at the end of that, we can do what we can and I can be a National for life, hopefully."
He's not eligible for free agency for another three years, but Harper is headed for some big arbitration awards before then if he isn't locked up. Mike Trout signed a six-year, $144.5 million extension in 2014 that bought out his arbitration years, and given his numbers last year and the fact that Scott Boras is his agent, you can expect Harper to look for something better than that if the Nats want to follow suit.