MLB Player News
Rosell Herrera received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Herrera spent another season with High-A Modesto, but considering he only batted .260 last season, he'll likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training.
Jordan Patterson received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Patterson has torn up the minor leagues and even reached Double-A in his third professional season. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training to get more work against advanced pitchers.
David Dahl received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Dahl reached Double-A for the first time in 2015, and although he slugged .417, he struck out a ton. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more seasoning.
The San Diego Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.
Myers played 22 games at first base and 42 in the outfield in an injury-shortened 2015 season. But after trading Yonder Alonso to the A's, there's no one substantially in the way of Myers at first base this year. The bigger concern is whether he's fully recovered from the wrist injuries that marred last year's season.
A.J. Pollock agreed to a two-year, $10.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday to avoid arbitration, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Pollock is coming off arguably the best season of his four-year career after compiling 192 hits, 20 home runs, 76 RBI, and 111 runs on 157 games in 2015. Those numbers make the 28-year-old a viable option to be taken within the first two rounds of standard leagues in 2016, especially since he averaged .315 at the plate last season and tends to bat ahead of Paul Goldschmidt.
The San Diego Padres signed Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Schumaker spent last season serving in a situational role, which translated to a .242/.306/.336 slash line, one homer, and two stolen bases in 244 at-bats across 131 games. After turning 36 years old last week, he's clearly in the twilight of his career, but the opportunity afforded by the Padres could result in an outfield depth role at the major league level at some point in 2016.
The Detroit Tigers and J.D. Martinez agreed to a two-year contract Monday, avoiding arbitration, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Martinez backed up his breakout in 2014 with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season en route to a final slash line of .282/.344/.535. As he enters his age-29 season, he's been afforded some security with the aim of truly cashing in once this new deal is complete.
Xavier Avery will attend Baltimore Orioles ' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.
The 26-year-old left fielder hit .318 at Triple-A Salt Lake last year in the Angels' farm-system. However, that production has yet to translate to the big-league level as his batting average is a meager .181 in 170 MLB plate appearances. Given his poor production so far in the majors, he will likely have a hard time finding playing time with the Orioles even if he attains a roster spot.
Roger Bernadina signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.
While Bernadina does have a lengthy MLB resume, he spent much of the 2015 season playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. The veteran managed to post a .276/.383/.466 batting line with 15 home runs and 62 RBI at that level, but that's likely inflated due to playing in the Pacfic Coast League. Still, Bernadina will get a chance to join the Mets in spring training, though he'll almost certainly be destined to serve as organizational depth once again.
Alex Guerrero might not make the 25-man roster when the 2016 season rolls around, Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Guerrero briefly appeared to be a breakout star in the early stages of 2015, but a .206/.242/.286 second-half slash line and a lack of natural position left him without a regular role by the end of the season. Now, the Los Angeles Dodgers ' build-up of depth in the corners could leave him without a roster spot. The 29-year-old is still owed $10 million over the next two years, but certain clauses in his contract make things much more complicated. He can declare free agency if he is left off the 25-man roster and he can also end his deal after the season if he is traded away from Los Angeles, so moving him would be very tricky. The power he showed in 2016 should give him a role wherever he ends up, but there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding him right now.