MLB Player News

  • Marlins' Rafael Ortega: Heads to Miami

    Ortega signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Ortega has only appeared in 66 big-league games throughout the course of his eight-year professional career, all coming in 2016 with the Angels. This past season, he spent the entire season with Triple-A El Paso in the Padres' system, slashing .317/.383/.468 with six home runs, 53 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He will likely begin the 2018 campaign back in Triple-A, but could find himself playing at the major-league level sometime during the summer.

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    Diamondbacks' Cesar Puello: Signs with D-backs

    The D-backs signed Puello to a minor-league deal Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    He'll likely begin 2018 at Triple-A Reno, but Puello could make a push for a bench role in Arizona with a strong spring. In 1,039 career plate appearances at Triple-A, he's hit .289/.379/.447 while showing a useful combination of power and speed. At the very least, Puello is an interesting name to file away for the reserve rounds of deep NL-only leagues.

  • Marlins' Magneuris Sierra: Dealt to Marlins

    Sierra was traded to the Marlins on Wednesday along with Sandy Alcantara and two undisclosed prospects for Marcell Ozuna, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

    Sierra is a better real-life prospect than fantasy asset, as he has the potential to offer elite center-field defense, but is raw at the plate. As a member of the Cardinals' 40-man roster, he was shuttled between the majors and minors last season, at the expense of his offensive development. He is a 70-grade runner, however, so he could eventually be a threat to steal 30-plus bases if he is able to secure an everyday role. Look for him to start the year at Double-A, as the Marlins will be able to be more patient with him as his offensive game develops.

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    Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna: Dealt to Cardinals

    Ozuna was traded to the Cardinals from the Marlins on Wednesday in exchange for Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra, Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano , Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.

    After failing to secure Giancarlo Stanton, the Cardinals will snag a different outfielder from Miami, as Ozuna is heading to St. Louis following five seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins. During his breakout 2017 campaign, Ozuna slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI, with all stats checking in as career highs. Ozuna is the impact bat that the Cardinals were searching for at the winter meetings, and he will be a mainstay in the No. 3 or 4 spot in the order for St. Louis during this upcoming season. As for defensive positioning, Ozuna will probably remain in left field while Tommy Pham transitions to right.

  • Giants' Steven Duggar: Seen as CF of future

    The Giants view Duggar as the long-term option in center field, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports. "We value Duggar as a guy we can look toward to in the future, so it does affect how we view addressing that need this offseason," general manager Bobby Evans said Monday at the winter meetings. "It does give us a mindset more short term."

    Duggar, who hit .263/.367/.421 with three home runs, nine steals (on 10 tries) and a 21:12 K:BB in 76 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League, has really improved his stock since the end of the regular season. Many evaluators now project him as a viable everyday option in center field. Duggar may have reached the majors last season if he had not missed significant time with elbow and hip injuries. With just 13 games under his belt at Triple-A, he will likely return to Sacramento to start the year, but he could be summoned in the first half to take over the everyday role in the big leagues, especially if the Giants don't find a quality placeholder this winter.

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    Nationals' Adam Eaton: To lead off, play left field in 2018

    Manager Davey Martinez said Eaton (knee) will bat leadoff and play left field in 2018, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    This is assuming Eaton, who tore his ACL in April, will be healthy by the start of the season, which appears to be the case at this point. While the 29-year-old played in just 23 games for the Nationals last season, he demonstrated his value as a top-tier table setter in that short time, hitting .297/.393/.462 with 24 runs scored, three stolen bases and an 18:14 K:BB. With Eaton shifting to left field and Bryce Harper entrenched in right, Michael Taylor will likely start the season in center for Washington.

  • Mets' Michael Conforto: Still unlikely for Opening Day

    Conforto (shoulder) likely won't be ready to play by Opening Day of the 2018 season in the estimation of general manager Sandy Alderson, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    Conforto is still a few months away from resuming baseball activities following his early-September surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. A clearer picture of his timeline will come into focus once he's able to resume baseball activities, but Conforto may open the season on the disabled list.

  • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Will approve deal to Yankees

    Stanton will approve a trade to the Yankees and is on his way to New York to complete his physical, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    News broke Saturday morning that an agreed-upon deal would send Starlin Castro and prospects to the Marlins in exchange for Stanton and cash, but the trade hinged upon the slugger's approval due to his no-trade clause. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Bronx Bombers will be taking on $265 million of Stanton's $295 million deal. At this point, there has been no word on which prospects will head to Miami, but it sounds like the package will entail a couple of lower-level minor leaguers.

  • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Marlins have deal to send him to the Yankees

    The Yankees and Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send Stanton to New York for Starlin Castro and prospects, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Stanton must still approve the deal, Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports.

    It's assumed Stanton will approve the deal since the Yankees were on a list of four teams he reportedly said he'd be willing to be traded to. It's not clear what prospects may be involved. The deal will also need players to pass physicals before being finalized.

  • Pirates' Todd Cunningham: Gets spring invite

    Cunningham agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Thursday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

    Cunningham split time between the Dodgers and Cardinals last season, hitting a combined .284/.404/.414 with four homers and seven stolen bases across 96 games at the Triple-A level. He's seen three brief major-league stints since 2013 but has failed to take advantage of his opportunities, turning in a .207/.256/.264 triple-slash across 67 career big-league games. He'll likely serve as organizational outfield depth in 2018.