MLB Player News

  • Denzel Keyes RF | CIN

    Reds' Patrick Kivlehan: Re-signs with Reds

    Kivlehan agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Saturday, Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Kivlehan, who will receive an invitation to spring training, will return to Cincinnati after playing in 115 games with the big-league club last season. He slashed .208/.304/.399 with nine home runs and 26 RBI for the Reds in 2017.

  • Rosell Herrera SS | COL

    Reds' Rosell Herrera: Signs with Reds

    Rosell signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Rosell spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Rockies' system, hitting .278/.351/.394 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He will provide organizational depth in the outfield for the Reds and will look to make the team coming out of spring training.

  • Matt Purke RP | NYM

    Mets' Matt Purke: Signs with Mets

    Purke signed a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training with the Mets on Friday.

    Purke appeared in 48 games with Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox's system last season, posting a 3.84 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 65.2 relief innings. The 27-year-old has only pitched in 12 career big-league games -- all coming in 2016 -- but will look to find a home with the Mets this spring.

  • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: Crowned National League MVP

    Stanton was named National League MVP on Thursday.

    Stanton ended up narrowly edging out Joey Votto to take home his first MVP award. The slugging outfielder put together a historic campaign during which he led the majors in both homers (59) and RBI (132), while also hitting an impressive .281/.376/.631 in 159 games. He'll be the subject of trade talks all offseason, though he ultimately has the right to veto or accept any trade.

  • Hunter Pence RF | SF

    Giants' Hunter Pence: Could see limited role in 2018

    Pence may be in line for a part-time role next season, depending on the Giants' offseason moves this winter, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

    Pence is set to enter the final year of his five-year deal, and it's become clear that the club wants to upgrade defensively and potentially sign an impact bat within the next couple months. If San Francisco is able to receive the services of an outfielder or two, Pence will be expendable, and will likely be used in a limited role for the club next season. The 34-year-old slashed .260/.315/.285 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 134 games last season.

  • Trent Clark CF | MIL

    Brewers' Trent Grisham: Legally changes last name

    Clark has legally changed his last name to "Grisham" in honor of his mother, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The name change certainly doesn't have any measurable effect on Grisham's skills or outlook, but given that his name has popped up on prospect lists the last several years, it is at least notable. Grisham struggled to hit for both contact (.223 BA) and power (.348 SLG) in 2017, but his pedigree (2015 first-rounder), age (2018 will be his age-21 season) and on-base skills (.372 career OBP) are all reasons to still be excited about his future.

  • T.J. Rivera 3B | NYM

    Mets' T.J. Rivera: Will likely miss months of 2018 season

    Rivera (elbow) may not be back on the field until the middle of the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

    The Mets hadn't provided a timeline for Rivera's recovery up to this point, but it appears as though he will miss the first couple months of the 2018 season while healing from the surgery, according to general manager Sandy Alderson. The utility man will be reevaluated on a consistent basis once spring training rolls around, so there should be further updates on his status during that time.

  • Alex Reyes RP | STL

    Cardinals' Alex Reyes: Could head to bullpen upon activation

    Reyes (elbow) could join the bullpen initially upon his return next season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    When pressed on the matter Tuesday, President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak would not rule Reyes out for the start of the 2018 season. However, Mozeliak hinted that the team could hold Reyes back until closer to May 1, and deploy him in the bullpen initially, as a way of preserving him for later in the campaign. Reyes' future is almost certainly in the rotation, but the Cardinals won't want to push their luck with the top prospect. He underwent Tommy John surgery in February.

  • Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera: Leading candidate for third base job

    Cabrera is the leading candidate to start at third base for the Mets in 2018, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

    Cabrera bounced around the Mets' infield last year, appearing in 30 or more games at second base, shortstop and third base. While he's expected to start somewhere around the infield in 2018 after the Mets picked up his option, it appears New York would prefer to use him at the hot corner while looking elsewhere for a fill-in at second base. The 32-year-old has hit a respectable .280 with a .798 OPS, 37 homers and 121 RBI over the past two seasons (276 games) with the Mets.

  • Joe Mantiply RP | NYY

    Reds' Joe Mantiply: Inks minors deal with Reds

    Mantiply signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes and invitation to spring training, Mark Sheldon of reports.

    Mantiply spent all of 2017 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after failing to break camp with the Yankees. He held his own in the minors, compiling a 2.83 ERA and 62:18 K:BB in 70 innings, but never received a promotion thanks to New York's elite bullpen. He'll compete for a bullpen spot with the Reds out of camp, though he could wind up at Triple-A to open the season.