MLB Player News

  • Carlos Santana 1B | CLE

    Phillies' Carlos Santana: Signs with Philadelphia

    Santana agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    After spending his first 11 seasons as a professional within the Indians' organization, Santana will move on to a new home following this signing. It was clear that Cleveland wasn't going to be able to offer Santana this kind of contract, and after the first baseman declined the club's $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, it became apparent that he would be playing for a new team come 2018. On the surface, this move is a tad puzzling, considering the Phillies already seemed to have their first baseman of the future in the majors in Rhys Hoskins. However, it would appear as though the top prospect will likely move to the outfield in order to make room for Santana, as he saw time in left field during 30 of his 50 appearances in the big leagues in 2017. As for Santana, the switch-hitting 31-year-old is coming off another quality season, slashing .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games last year.

  • Jose Ruiz 1B | TEX

    Padres' Jose Ruiz: Designated for assignment

    Ruiz was designated for assignment by the Padres on Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

    Ruiz was moved off the 40-man roster following the club's acquisition of Freddy Galvis from the Phillies, in exchange for Enyel De Los Santos. During the 2017 season, Ruiz made one appearance at the big-league level, and spent most of his time in High-A. The right-hander posted a 5.98 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 49.2 innings of relief work.

  • Mike Ford 1B | SEA

    Mariners' Mike Ford: Lands with Mariners in Rule 5 draft

    Ford was selected by the Mariners with the 11th overall pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

    Rule 5 picks rarely end up contributing in fantasy, but Ford might have the best chance of this year's class. He is a 25-year-old first baseman who has never played in the majors, but his numbers last year were awfully impressive. Ford had a .270/.404/.471 slash line with 20 home runs and a 72:94 K:BB in 126 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Entering the season, Ryon Healy and Daniel Vogelbach are ahead of Ford on the organizational depth chart, but they are not imposing figures, relative to the rest of the league's first basemen. Ford will need to be kept on the active roster all season, otherwise he will be exposed to waivers and offered back to the Yankees.

  • Chris Shaw 1B | SF

    Giants' Chris Shaw: Likely ticketed for Triple-A in 2018

    Manager Bruce Bochy said he expects Shaw (shoulder) to begin next season with Triple-A Sacramento, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Bochy noted that he believes Shaw is getting close to making his big-league debut. The 24-year-old held his own following a promotion to Triple-A in May last year, hitting .289/.328/.530 with 18 homers and 50 RBI in 88 games. He's one of the team's top prospects and should make his debut later in 2018 if he continues to perform well in the upper minors.

  • Wilin Rosario 1B | COL

    Wilin Rosario: Set to stay overseas in 2018

    Rosario is close to agreement on a contract to play in Japan, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

    Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha in South Korea and had drawn interest from MLB teams in a possible return to the U.S. However, it looks like he'll stay overseas and move from South Korea to Japan.

  • Matt Adams 1B | ATL

    Matt Adams: Cut loose by Braves

    The Braves declined to tender Adams a contract for 2018, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Adams made $2.8 million in 2017 in his second year of arbitration eligibility and likely would have been due a decent raise after slashing .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers. Paying that amount simply didn't make sense for a Braves team without a place to play him. Look for Adams to land a platoon job in 2018.

  • Mike Napoli 1B | TEX

    Mike Napoli: Undergoes surgery on hand

    Napoli underwent surgery on a torn ligament in his right hand earlier this week, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

    This was an injury Napoli played through in 2017, during which he slashed .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI for the Rangers. The 36-year-old was also bothered by an ankle ailment that caused him to miss the final few weeks of the year. He is currently still on the free-agent market, but should be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around.

  • White Sox's Patrick Leonard: Signs with White Sox

    Leonard agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    Leonard slashed .268/.327/.408 with 12 home runs, 70 RBI and 15 stolen bases during 131 games with Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system last year, and was named MVP of the Bulls' season following the conclusion of his campaign. The 25-year-old has yet to play in a major-league game during his career, but could get a chance with the White Sox in 2018.

  • Rowdy Tellez 1B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Rowdy Tellez: Joins 40-man roster

    Tellez was added to the 40-man roster Monday.

    Tellez will be ineligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft now that he's on Toronto's 40-man roster. He had an underwhelming season at Triple-A Buffalo in 2017. Over 122 games, he hit .222 with a .628 OPS, and he'll likely spend several months at Triple-A to begin 2018.

  • Jake Bauers 1B | TB

    Rays' Jake Bauers: Placed on 40-man roster

    Bauers was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Monday.

    By moving Bauers to the 40-man roster, the Rays have protected him from the Rule 5 draft. Bauers played exclusively at Triple-A Durham during the 2017 season, where he slashed .263/.368/.412 across 132 games. In addition to a solid display at the plate, he stole 20 bases while being caught just three times.