MLB Player News

  • Aaron Judge RF | NYY

    Yankees' Aaron Judge: Undergoes surgery

    Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday to remove loose-body and clean-up cartilage.

    The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and the good news is that Judge is expected to be ready prior to the start of spring training. The slugging outfielder dealt with some shoulder issues during the second half of last season, and while he tried to downplay the issue, it likely contributed to his drop-off in production after the All-Star break. He still posted an impressive .284/.422/.627 line with 52 homers, 114 RBI and nine stolen bases in 155 games for the Yankees. A fully healthy Judge should be poised for another big year at the plate in 2018.

  • Kevin Maitan SS | ATL

    Kevin Maitan: Back on market

    Maitan will be declared a free agent by MLB as part of the Braves' punishment for illegal dealings in the international free agent market, Jon Heyman of reports.

    Apparently other prospects could be declared free agents too, but Maitan is the big fish. Teams have been trying to position themselves to sign Shohei Ohtani this offseason, but Maitan, who will be subject to the same financial restrictions, will serve as a solid consolation prize, assuming he's declared eligible to sign this winter. He was in pretty bad physical shape last season, prompting evaluators to say with confidence that he won't be able to stick at shortstop. However, he appears to have diligently worked on his conditioning this offseason, so he should at least be able to handle third base long term. The switch-hitting prodigy did not post impressive numbers last season as a 17-year-old in rookie ball, but he still has the potential to provide a plus hit tool and plus-plus raw power, which puts his fantasy ceiling in rare company among teenage prospects.

  • Trevor Oaks SP | LAD

    Dodgers' Trevor Oaks: Added to 40-man roster

    Oaks was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster Monday, Eric Stephen of reports.

    To protect Oaks from the Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster. Oaks fought an oblique injury throughout the season, but pitched 84 innings over 16 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City when healthy. He ended the year with a serviceable 3.64 ERA and 1.25 WHIP.

  • Braves' Ricardo Sanchez: Joins 40-man roster

    Sanchez was added to Atlanta's 40-man roster Monday and will be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

    Sanchez had a rocky season at High-A Florida. Over 22 games, 21 of them being starts, he struggled to the tune of a 4.95 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. With an abundance of promising arms in their farm system, Atlanta has no reason to rush Sanchez to a higher level, so it could be some time before he starts building much fantasy appeal.

  • Grant Dayton RP | LAD

    Braves' Grant Dayton: Claimed off waivers by Atlanta

    Dayton was claimed off waivers by the Braves on Monday.

    Before being claimed by Atlanta on Monday, Dayton had been a member of the Dodgers. With a 4.94 ERA and 1.31 WHIP that was built over 29 games (23.2 innings), Dayton had a down year in 2017. Despite last year's struggles, he's shown he has some upside out of the bullpen, as he logged an ERA and WHIP of 2.05 and 0.76, respectively, during the 2016 season. However, Dayton recently underwent Tommy John surgery and is slated to miss the entire 2018 season.

  • 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.

  • Danny Jansen C | TOR

    Blue Jays' Danny Jansen: Joins 40-man roster

    Jansen was added to Toronto's 40-man roster and is protected from the Rule 5 draft.

    The 22-year-old catcher reached Triple-A Buffalo last season. Although he played just 31 games with Buffalo, Jansen managed to make an impact at the plate. He posted a great .328/.423/.552 line and drew 11 walks while striking out just seven times. While the Blue Jays may want him to spend some more time with Buffalo to start the 2018 campaign, but he could push his way into consideration for backup duty in Toronto at some point.

  • Blue Jays' Reese McGuire: Added to 40-man roster

    McGuire was added to Toronto's 40-man roster Monday.

    McGuire missed much of the 2017 season rehabbing from knee surgery, but managed to play 34 games at Double-A New Hampshire. Over the aforementioned outings, he slashed a solid .278/.366/.496 and slugged six home runs. By being added to the 40-man roster, McGuire will be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

  • Conner Greene SP | TOR

    Blue Jays' Conner Greene: Placed on 40-man roster

    Green was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Monday and is protected from the Rule 5 draft.

    The 2017 season saw Greene regress, as he posted a 5.29 ERA and 1.69 WHIP at Double-A New Hampshire. Both marks rose from their 2016 levels of 4.19 and 1.32, respectively. At just 22 years old, it's not out of the question for Greene to turn his trajectory around. However, last season's 92:83 K:BB shows he has a ways to go in order to stick as a starter in the long haul.

  • Dan Slania RP | SF

    Giants' Daniel Slania: Clears waivers Monday

    Slania cleared waivers Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Slania pitched just a single inning in the majors last season, as most of his time was split between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento. Slania posted a modest 3.59 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with Richmond, but struggled to deliver with Sacramento, where he owned a brutal 7.82 ERA and 1.79 WHIP after making 12 starts (61 innings).