MLB Player News
Ozzie Martinez signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
He will receive an invitation to spring training as part of the deal. The Orioles are the fifth organization Martinez has passed through, despite being just 27 years old. He will offer organizational middle infield depth.
Marco Hernandez was added to the 40-man roster Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Hernandez split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2015, hitting a combined .305/.330/.454 at the two levels. He'll now be protected from the Rule 5 draft as a member of the 40-man roster.
Jose Ramirez was carted off the field on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury while playing in the Dominican Winter League on Wednesday, but X-rays were negative and he is considered day-to-day, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.
It looked like the injury could have been much worse, as Ramirez was in obvious pain after taking a hard slide at second base, but X-rays showed no break. While it's uncertain when Ramirez may return to Winter League action, it does not sound like this will jeopardize his status for spring training, where he will look to solidify his hold on the top utility infielder role.
Carlos Correa won the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, becoming the first Houston Astros player to win the award since Jeff Bagwell in 1991, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Correa hit .279 with 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 68 RBI and 14 stolen bases in only 99 games for Houston. Among AL rookies, he ranked first in homers, slugging (.512) and OPS (.857), while ranking second in RBI and on-base percentage (.345) and third in batting average. The 21-year-old garnered 17 first-place votes to edge Francisco Lindor, who had 13.
Andrelton Simmons was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
The teams have not confirmed, but Simmons is reportedly joining the Angels with Erick Aybar's expiring contract (after 2016) headed east to take over as the Braves' shortstop. Simmons is a Platinum Glove winner who hit 17 homers in his first full season in the majors, and while he's managed just 11 homers in his last two seasons combined, he makes contact at a high clip and should benefit from a much better lineup around him in Los Angeles.
Brad Miller was traded to Tampa Bay on Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Miller played in 144 games in 2015, compiling a .258/.329/.402 slash line with 11 home runs and 22 doubles. He showed his versatility as a defender by making double-digit appearances as a shortstop, outfielder, and second baseman, although the majority of his time was spent at short. He could prove to be a reliable option at shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays that provides respectable production at the dish.
Alexei Ramirez 's club option was declined Wednesday making the shortstop a free agent this offseason, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Ramirez struggled in 2015, slashing .249/.285/.357 in 583 at-bats and his home run and RBI totals took a significant dip from last season. Still, multiple teams looking for help at shortstop will likely pursue his services with the expectation that Ramirez will have a bounce back season.
Raul Mondesi , one of the Kansas City Royals ' top prospects, is on the World Series roster.
Mondesi, who was called up from Double-A just days prior, will replace Terrance Gore on the World Series roster. The 20-year-old shortstop might not be as fast as Gore, but he's still stolen 72 bases throughout his minor league career and is considered one of the better defensive prospects to come through the Royals system in the last few years. The World Series is an interesting stage to make a MLB debut, but it's unlikely Mondesi will be asked to do too much unless Kansas City incurs multiple injuries during the series.
Houston Astros rookie slugger Carlos Correa went 4 for 4 with a double, two home runs, four RBI and two runs in the American League Division Series defeat to Kansas City on Monday.
The 21-year-old Correa became the youngest player in history to go 4 for 4 in the postseason. He also became the youngest ever in the American League to hit two home runs in a postseason game. Finally, he broke the record for most total bases in a postseason game by a shortstop with 11, surpassing Derek Jeter's 10 total bases in Game 1 of the 2006 ALDS.
Correa was in no mood to celebrate his personal highlights, however, as he was already focused on the winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday. "There are no emotions," he said after the game. "We have to focus on the next game. We can't do anything by beating ourselves up right now. We have to focus on the next game and try to win it."
Carlos Correa (knee) said he will play Sunday in Game 3 of the ALDS, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 21-year-old fouled a ball off his right knee during Friday's Game 2, as he did in Thursday's Game 1, and Correa admitted he is dealing with some swelling and pain. However, Correa brushed off the notion he could miss time, saying that he will be good to go following Saturday's off day. He has gone 2-for-9 with two singles and four strikeouts so far in the series.