MLB Player News
Jose Reyes entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to allegations of abusing his wife at Hawaii resort last month, the Associated Press reports.
With Reyes opting not to attend his arraignment, defense attorney David Sereno entered the not guilty please on his behalf. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced earlier this month that an internal investigation into the Oct. 31 incident has been launched, and the situation is expected to serve as a first test case for MLB's new domestic violence policy. The court process figures to play out in full before any possible league discipline is issued.
Carlos Rivero signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Rivero split the 2015 season between a pair of club's Triple-A rosters, though he slashed just a combined .254/.299/.355. He'll likely start the season in the minors and serve as infield depth.
Trevor Story was added to the Colorado Rockies ' 40-man roster Friday, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.
He split 2015 between Double-A and Triple-A, and the surface numbers look almost identical between levels. Story hit 20 doubles, 10 homers and drove in 40 runs at both stops, with his average falling just four points (from .281 to .277) following the jump to Albuquerque. The most notable decline was to his walk rate, as Story only managed to walk at only a 5.8 percent clip at Triple-A after managing an 11.7 percent mark at Double-A. Regardless, Story is viewed by many as the future at shortstop for Colorado, and he figures to debut in 2016 no matter what happens with Jose Reyes.
Jose Rondon (elbow) was added to the 40-man roster Friday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Rondon underwent season-ending surgery in July after suffering a fractured elbow, but put up solid numbers at High-A before getting hurt. The 21-year-old struggled after earning a promotion to Double-A though, slashing just .190/.219/.230 in 28 games, but he'll now be protected from the Rule 5 draft.
Scott Sizemore signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals on Friday, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Sizemore didn't appear in the majors in 2015, slashing .263/.369/.354 at Triple-A and has appeared in just eight major league games since 2011. He'll have a shot to earn a utility role with the Nationals out of spring training, but it's possible he spends much of the season back in the minors again.
Orlando Arcia was added to the Milwaukee Brewers ' 40-man roster Friday.
This is strictly to protect Arcia from the Rule-5 draft. He is the top prospect in a suddenly lush Brewers farm system, but the team won't burn a year of control by bringing him up early in 2016. There is no doubt that he is the shortstop of the future in Milwaukee, but he probably won't debut until late-2016 or early-2017.
Roman Quinn had his contract selected by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
Quinn advanced to the Double-A level in 2015, slashing .306/.356/.435 before suffering a season-ending hip injury in June. The 22-year-old isn't ready to jump to the big leagues yet, but he's now protected from the Rule 5 draft as a member of the team's 40 man roster.
Jonathan Villar was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday in exchange for pitching prospect Cy Sneed.
As things stand, Villar offers middle infield depth, but he also has the chance to compete for the third base job (he played 11 games there for the Astros in 2015), where the Brewers do not have a strong incumbent. He also gives them the freedom to explore a Jean Segura trade, potentially serving as a stop-gap until top prospect Orlando Arcia arrives. Villar probably has the reputation among fantasy owners of being a poor hitter, but he actually posted a .752 OPS last year (way up from his .653 career mark). He has always had above average speed, and at 24 years old, Villar should still be developing. His role in 2016 is unclear for now, but if he found his way into regular playing time, there would be 30-steal potential over a full season.
Ruben Tejada (fractured right fibula) might get non-tendered by the New York Mets , ESPN New York reports.
Tejada made $1.88 million in 2015 and could earn $3 million if he goes to arbitration. New York may be reluctant to pay that much to a backup shortstop, who has broken his fibula twice. However, Tejada is coming off a rebound campaign and $3 million isn't way above the norm for a back up middle infielder, so a call on his status may not come until right before the arb deadline.
Brandon Crawford signed a six-year contract extension with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
The Giants have rewarded Crawford following his offensive breakout in 2015, reportedly giving him $75 million and a full no-trade clause. Crawford more than doubled his previous career high in home runs from 2014 (10), smacking 21 while trimming his strikeout rate to 21.2 percent last season. While there's reason to think the power will decline in 2016 (16.2% HR/FB last season), Crawford is an excellent defender at a premium position, and even with regression built in, is an easy top-10 shortstop for 2016.