MLB Player News

  • Garrett Cooper 1B | NYY

    Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Dealt to Marlins

    Cooper was traded to the Miami Marlins along with Caleb Smith in exchange for Michael King and international signing bonus money.

    Cooper opened the 2017 season in the Brewers organization, where he was playing at Triple-A Colorado Springs. After being acquired by the Yankees, he played 13 games with the big club. During his major league debut he went 14-for-43 (.326) at the dish and posted an .821 OPS.

  • Dominic Smith 1B | NYM

    Mets' Dominic Smith: Not guaranteed starting job on Opening Day

    Smith will have to compete for the Mets' starting job at first base in spring training, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. "He didn't win it in September, let's put it that way," general manager Sandy Alderson said.

    This is an odd thing to say about a cornerstone player who was just getting his feet wet in the majors at the end of last season as a 22-year-old. He hit .220/.304/.450 with six home runs and a 30.4 percent strikeout rate in 100 at-bats from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. It is understandable that the Mets want to find at-bats for Wilmer Flores, who is coming off a year when he slashed .271/.307/.488 with 18 home runs in 362 plate appearances, but third base and second base seem like better places to try to work him in. As Puma went on to say, this could be a motivational tactic aimed at getting Smith to show up to camp in great shape. He is still the clear leading candidate to open the year as the Mets' starting first baseman, but we now know that he is not a lock to open the year in that role.

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: Expects to be healthy for spring training

    President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said he expects Gonzalez (back) to be healthy by the start of spring training next season, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Recurring back issues derailed Gonzalez's 2017 season, limiting him to just 71 games and forcing him to miss the Dodgers' run to the World Series. While the ailing 35-year-old is coming off his least productive season since his rookie campaign in Texas, the Dodgers still believe he can be a viable everyday player in 2018 when healthy.

  • Chris Shaw 1B | SF

    Giants' Chris Shaw: Battling shoulder injury

    Shaw is currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury at the Arizona Fall League, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Shaw has played in five games during the AFL thus far, going 3-for-19 at the plate with three walks. Although he's dealing with a minor shoulder ailment, this shouldn't have an effect on his status for the upcoming season, barring any significant setback.

  • Mike Freeman 1B | CHC

    Cubs' Mike Freeman: Dropped from 40-man roster

    Freeman was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of reports.

    Freeman was ousted from the 40-man roster to clear room for Jacob Hanneman, who was claimed off waivers from the Mariners in a corresponding move. Freeman spent time with three teams in 2017, compiling an unimpressive .100/.182/.183 line in 66 plate appearances. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine his landing spot for next season.

  • Tyler Moore 1B | MIA

    Marlins' Tyler Moore: Outrighted from 40-man roster

    Moore was outrighted from the 40-man roster Saturday, Andre Hernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

    Moore played in 104 games this season during his first year with the Marlins, but was removed from the 40-man roster, along with three others, Saturday. During the 2017 campaign, he slashed .230/.267/.401 with six home runs and 30 RBI.

  • Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt: Steps up in wild-card win

    Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 11-8 win over the Rockies in the National League wild-card game.

    Goldschmidt vaulted the Diamondbacks to an early lead with a long ball in his first at-bat of the game in the bottom of the first inning, giving him just his third home run in the team's last 19 games. The first baseman closed September with a whimper, but the Diamondbacks will need the MVP candidate to be at his best beginning Friday, when his team will face Cy Young contender Clayton Kershaw as it kicks off its divisional series with the Dodgers.

  • Brandon Belt 1B | SF

    Giants' Brandon Belt: Officially cleared by MLB

    Belt (concussion) has been officially cleared by MLB, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Belt, who has a history with head injuries, missed the final two months of the season with a concussion, but he'll head into the offseason with no restrictions after being deemed symptom-free. He hit .241/.355/.469 with 18 homers in 104 games before his season was cut short due to the injury. Assuming he's able to enter next season healthy, look for him to return to a starting role for the Giants.

  • K.C. Hobson 1B | TOR

    Giants' K.C. Hobson: Re-signs on minor-league deal

    Hobson inked a minor-league deal with the Giants on Tuesday.

    Hobson spent 2017 at Double-A Richmond, batting .246 with 35 RBI and 11 home runs. After a 2016 season in which he hit .163 with three home runs, the 26-year-old showed he still has some pop. He will likely retain a similar role next season, as he continues to work towards the majors.

  • Matt Carpenter 1B | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Will avoid shoulder surgery

    Carpenter (shoulder) had an MRI that revealed only inflammation, and he will be able to avoid offseason surgery as a result, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

    With an offseason to rest, Carpenter should be able to report to spring training in February at full strength. In addition to the shoulder ailment, back, finger, quad and hip injuries impacted Carpenter at various points in 2017, but he managed to appear in 145 games and reach the 20-homer mark for the third straight season.