MLB Player News

  • Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Not in legal trouble

    Martinez (oblique) was not arrested Monday for violating social-distancing protocols in the Dominican Republic, contrary to previous reports, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Initial reports indicating that Martinez would be facing legal trouble for hosting a large gathering in violation of the country's COVID-19 protocols, but both the pitcher's agent and the Cardinals denied those allegations. He does appear to have taken part in the event but is not facing any charges. The incident appears to have disappointed his team, which put out a statement which reads, in part, "Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations," but he doesn't appear to be facing any long-term consequences.

  • Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Arrested in Dominican Republic

    Martinez (oblique) was taken into custody Monday by National Dominican Police in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic for violating the country's social-distancing protocols, Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 10 reports.

    Martinez returned to his native country for the offseason following an injury-shortened 2020 campaign in which he posted a 9.90 ERA and 2.10 ERA over his five starts. The 29-year-old isn't expected to face any punishment from MLB for his arrest, but he'll presumably still have to resolve the legal issue before he's cleared to return to North America for spring training. The Cardinals haven't decided whether Martinez will continue to work as a starter in 2021 or prepare for a move back to the bullpen.

  • Scott Schebler LF | ATL

    Angels' Scott Schebler: Signs minors deal with Angels

    Schebler signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Saturday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    The deal will pay the outfielder $900,000 if he's able to earn a big-league job. Things haven't gone well for Schebler in recent seasons, as he received just a single plate appearance for the Braves in 2020 after hitting a miserable .123/.253/.222 in 95 trips to the plate for the Reds in 2019. He's still just 30 years old and owns a respectable enough 98 career wRC+ though, so there's at least a chance he turns things around and earns a bench spot.

  • Daniel Tillo RP | KC

    Royals' Daniel Tillo: Protected from Rule 5 draft

    Tillo (elbow) was added to the 40-man roster Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

    With Tillo likely to miss the entire 2021 season recovering from August 2020 Tommy John surgery, he will be easy to stash on the 60-day injured list now that he is on the 40-man roster. The Royals think the left-handed Tillo could be electric in a bullpen role as early as 2022.

  • Chance Adams RP | KC

    Royals' Chance Adams: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Adams was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Friday.

    Adams made six relief appearances during his first season with the Royals in 2020, but he was inefficient once again, allowing nine earned runs on 15 hits and no walks while striking out six over 8.2 innings. He'll be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for several prospects who will be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

  • Royals' Sebastian Rivero: Protected from Rule 5 draft

    Rivero's contract was selected by the Royals on Friday.

    The Royals obviously like Rivero's defense at catcher, but he isn't very appealing in dynasty leagues. He hit .212/.270/.278 in 91 games at High-A in 2019 and should open the year at Double-A.

  • Gabe Speier RP | KC

    Royals' Gabe Speier: Cast off 40-man roster

    Speier was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

    Speier made the Royals' Opening Day roster in 2020, but he gave up five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings. He was optioned to the alternate training site in August and didn't return to the big leagues. His removal from the 40-man roster will make room for several prospects who will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

  • Khalil Lee CF | KC

    Royals' Khalil Lee: Added to 40-man roster

    Lee's contract was selected by the Royals on Friday.

    In a system flush with pitching prospects, Lee is one of the better hitting prospects with any upper-level experience, so he was always going to get protected from the Rule 5 draft. He has the power and speed to be a fantasy asset some day, but he needs to increase his launch angle and improve his approach.

  • Royals' Glenn Sparkman: Designated for assignment

    Sparkman (forearm) was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

    Sparkman missed most of the 2020 season with a forearm strain, and he'll now be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for several prospects who will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft. The right-hander struggled to generate much production once again last year, allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over five relief innings.

  • Giants' Jordan Humphreys: Designated for assignment

    Humphreys was designated for assignment Friday.

    He was placed on the restricted list by the Giants back in August for an undisclosed reason after they acquired him from the Mets for Billy Hamilton. It seems like he never fully rebounded from Tommy John surgery in 2017.