MLB Player News

  • Avisail Garcia DH | CHW

    White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Sheds 14 pounds in offseason

    Garcia lost 14 pounds while dedicating himself to getting in better shape this offseason, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Coming off an unremarkable season in which he slashed .245/.307/.382 and posted a 0.5 WAR, Garcia will be hoping to use his slimmed-down figure to improve his agility on defense and on the bases. The 25-year-old outfielder enters the spring with a good chance of earning a starting spot on a White Sox team that is devoid of much outfield depth.

  • Johnny Cueto SP | SF

    Giants' Johnny Cueto: May not be ready for WBC

    Cueto, who is still in the Dominican Republic taking care of his ailing father, may not be ready to participate in the World Baseball Classic, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Although there is no doubt Cueto will be ready to start the season, his late start to spring training may hold him back from playing in the World Baseball Classic, which starts March 9th. He is currently working out in the DR, and has thrown live bullpen sessions on schedule with the pitchers actually at camp for the Giants, but he still hasn't had time to prepare under the supervision of pitching coach Dave Righetti, which worries San Francisco. The two are trying to work things out currently, but if Cueto doesn't report to camp shortly, it may not be surprising to see him held out of the WBC.

  • Padres' Tyrell Jenkins: Will compete for starting job

    Jenkins (elbow) will compete for one of the Padres' final two starter spots, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Jenkins went on a carousel of getting DFA'd and claimed this offseason, but the Padres decided to take a chance on the former top prospect. Manager Andy Green has already told the young pitcher to "go back to being an athlete," implying that the Braves tried tinkering with his delivery too much. Jenkins will compete for one of the Padres' final spots in the rotation, but he could also make the 25-man roster as a long or middle reliever as well. Even if he makes the club as a starter, he will have to show immediate improvement over last year's 5.88 ERA before fantasy owners take notice.

  • Luis Urias 2B | SD

    Padres' Luis Urias: To get time at shortstop

    Urias will see extended reps at shortstop during spring training, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    A well-regarded prospect for San Diego, Urias has mostly played at second base while only occasionally spending some time shortstop. However, it appears San Diego would like to see if he can play at shortstop at least semi-regularly, which would increase his positional value. At 19 years old, Urias is still has a ways to go before making his big league debut, but the Padres are hoping he can continue to develop into a starting-caliber infielder.

  • Paul Clemens SP | SD

    Padres' Paul Clemens: To start Cactus League opener

    Clemens will take the hill in the Padres' first Cactus League game on Saturday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    With San Diego's pitching staff shaping up to be near the bottom of the league in terms of talent, Clemens will have a great opportunity Saturday to boost his candidacy for a back-end rotation spot. The 29-year-old journeyman made 12 starts for the Padres in 2016, posting a 3.67 ERA in 61.1 innings of work. His effectiveness will likely come down to whether he can demonstrate improved command of his curveball, which has given him issues at times in the past.

  • Padres' Alex Dickerson: Stiff back keeps him out

    Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday due to back stiffness, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

    Manager Andy Green added that he didn't expect it to be a long term thing, but only time will tell at this point. The 26-year-old is looking to build on a strong rookie campaign where he slashed .257/.333/.455 while knocking 10 home runs.

  • Danny Santana CF | MIN

    Twins' Danny Santana: Ready for spring training

    Santana (shoulder) has been participating in drills early in spring training, MLB.com reports.

    Santana suffered a season-ending Grade 2 shoulder strain in September, but should be fine as spring training begins. He'll try to win a utility role this spring, but the signing of Ehire Adrianza likely means he's not currently a favorite to win a roster spot.

  • Kaleb Cowart 3B | LAA

    Angels' Kaleb Cowart: Working on tweaked batting stance

    Cowart said Monday that he has altered his swing this offseason in hopes of enhancing his offensive production, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    After slashing .176/.184/.259 in 87 plate appearances with the Angels last season, Cowart will be hoping his newly-tweaked swing can help him unlock some of the potential he once showed as a former high-end prospect. However, barring a miraculous turnaround at the plate during spring training, the 24-year-old infielder will likely spend much of the 2017 season back with Triple-A Salt Lake.

  • Jeremy Bleich SP | PIT

    Diamondbacks' Jeremy Bleich: Joins Diamondbacks on minors deal

    Bleich signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    Bleich was in the Pirates' minor league system all of 2016, spending most of his time with Double-A Reading, where he accumulated a 4.14 ERA in 41.1 innings pitched to go along with a 23:14 K:BB ratio. He'll give the Diamondbacks some additional relief depth in the minors.

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Slated for bench role

    Hernandez is slated for a bench role after the acquisition of Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay.

    He seemingly had a chance to to start at second base prior to the move, but it was widely anticipated that the Dodgers would upgrade that position, and that indeed happened. Hernandez will have to earn a utility role this spring and will face competition in the outfield (Franklin Gutierrez, Andrew Toles, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson) and to a lesser extent in the infield (Chase Utley, Rob Segedin, Chris Taylor). The Dodgers will likely keep both Utley and Hernandez as utility infielders with the latter getting occasional starts in the outfield against left-handed pitching.