MLB Player News
Eduardo Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports.
The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.
Jared Mitchell has signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees , Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Mitchell spent most of the 2015 season in the Angels organization, but with limited success offensively. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions, but his lack of consistency on at the dish will likely result in another campaign spent mostly (if not all) in the minors again in 2016.
Zach Britton settled his arbitration case with the Baltimore Orioles by agreeing to a $6.75 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Britton enjoyed another great season as the Orioles closer in 2015 and will receive nearly $3.5 million more next season as compensation. He still has Darren O'Day lurking if the wheels fall off, but his peripherals paint a picture as strong as his actual performance, striking out more than a batter per inning while forcing an elite 79.1 percent groundball rate.
Taylor Featherston was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Featherston was the causality when the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies on Friday. He got to play plenty in the majors all over the infield, but failed to hit well and lost virtually all of his power, as he batted only .162 with two home runs and a .247 slugging percentage. The 26-year-old could be a decent pickup for a club looking for an inexpensive and young utility infielder.
Domingo German has received an invitation to spring training.
German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.
Tyler Wade received an invitation to spring training.
Wade is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, but he's only reached the Double-A level so far, so the invite shows just how highly the New York Yankees think of him. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over to develop more.
James Kaprielian has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.
This is quite the news, as Kaprielian was just drafted last June out of UCLA and has only reached the Low-A level so far. That being said, this shows how highly the New York Yankees think of him. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more professional experience.
Jorge Mateo has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.
Mateo is one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, and the fact that the New York Yankees are already having the 20-year-old in the major league camp after only playing as high as High-A last season says how much they like him. Despite the invite, Mateo will likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training concludes.
Aaron Judge has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.
Judge is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Yankee system, so it's not surprising that he'll get some time in major league camp this spring. That being said, he'll likely start the year in the minors, but very well may find his way to the majors sometime during the season if he hits Triple-A pitching well.
Sebastian Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the New York Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.