MLB Player News

  • Neil Wagner RP | TB

    Neil Wagner: Signs in Japan

    Wagner signed a deal in Japan with the Seibu Lions on Tuesday, Yahoo! Japan reports.

    The 33-year-old hasn't made an appearance in the majors since 2014 with the Blue Jays. He most recently spent 2017 in Triple-A, pitching a total of 54.1 innings.

  • Brandon Morrow RP | LAD

    Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Favorite to close

    Morrow is seen as the Cubs' would-be closer, barring further offseason additions, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Wittenmyer goes on to say that the Cubs are keeping the door open for an affordable Wade Davis reunion, in which case Morrow would move to a setup role. Even if the Cubs don't add another closer between now and Opening Day, Morrow would be a shaky fantasy option, given his injury history and the presence of Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Wilson, who are also very capable options for the ninth inning. Morrow notched a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 43.2 innings as a setup man with the Dodgers last season.

  • Gordon Beckham 2B | SEA

    Mariners' Gordon Beckham: Back in Seattle on minors pact

    Beckham agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners on Monday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.

    The former top prospect continues to prolong his pro baseball career, although at this point he is very unlikely to ever regain a significant role on a big-league club. Last year he hit .262/.313/.393 with nine home runs in 83 games with Triple-A Tacoma. He figures to once again serve as organizational infield depth for the Mariners.

  • Nick Burdi RP | MIN

    Twins' Nick Burdi: Throws from 80 feet

    Burdi (elbow) made 75 throws from 80 feet Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    He is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in late May. While this is excellent news for the power reliever, more impactful news could come Thursday, as Burdi was left off the Twins' 40-man roster and is generating a lot of buzz leading up to this week's Rule 5 draft. He has a huge fastball and was seen as a potential closer prior to tearing his UCL. His shaky command and the risk associated with this injury would be two marks against him in advance of the Rule 5 draft, but he will still likely get selected and change organizations.

  • Giants' Mark Melancon: Playing catch pain free

    Melancon (forearm) played catch pain free Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    This is an encouraging sign, as it marks the first time Melancon is throwing pain free since undergoing pronator surgery in September. The procedure only carries a 6-to-8 week rehab timeline, so he appears to be progressing on schedule and should be ready to go well before spring training rolls around. While he struggled in his first season with the Giants, compiling a 4.50 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in just 30 innings, the veteran right-hander is still expected to enter 2018 as the team's closer. Assuming he's healthy, Melancon will be a popular rebound candidate for next season.

  • Nationals' Pedro Severino: Currently viewed as backup in 2018

    General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals are "cool with" Severino being their backup catcher next season, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

    Rizzo seemed hesitant to name Severino as the backup, and it's possible he opens the season in the minors if the team ultimately finds a cheap, veteran alternative. If he does start the year as Washington's backup catcher, however, he could be in line for a modest workload as the Nationals are looking to scale back Matt Wieters' time behind the dish next season. Still, barring any injuries, he won't be viewed as anything more than a backup in 2018, limiting his fantasy value.

  • Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR

    Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Could begin throwing Tuesday

    Sanchez (finger) is being evaluated in Florida on Monday and could begin playing catch in the near future, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    Sanchez spent most of the 2017 campaign on the disabled list with blister issues on his finger, making just eight starts (36 innings) and last appearing in a game in July. If everything checks out, the 25-year-old could be cleared to resume throwing as early as Tuesday. A healthy Sanchez will look to get back on track after last year's injury-riddled campaign, as he posted an impressive 3.00 ERA in 30 starts (192 innings) in 2016.

  • Devon Travis 2B | TOR

    Blue Jays' Devon Travis: To be ready for spring training

    General manager Ross Atkins said Travis (knee) will be ready for the start of spring training, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    Travis appeared in just 50 games last season before injuries -- most notably a knee injury that required surgery to clean up cartilage -- ended his season in June. The 26-year-old was able to flash his potential before injuring himself, as he hit an impressive .364 with four homers, 19 RBI and two swiped bags during the month of May. Barring any setbacks, he should be back at the keystone to start the season, where he could provide late-round value if he's able to stay healthy.

  • Joey Wendle 2B | TB

    Rays' Joey Wendle: Traded to Tampa Bay

    Wendle was traded from the A's to the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The two teams worked out a deal after Wendle was designated for assignment by the Athletics last week. The 27-year-old spent most of the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Nashville, though he did earn a September callup and hit .308/.357/.615 in eight games for the big club. Wendle will fight for an Opening Day roster spot as infield depth, though it's possible he winds up at Triple-A Durham to start the season.

  • Indians' Michael Brantley: Encouraged by progress

    The Indians are encouraged by Brantley's (ankle) progress in his rehab from right ankle surgery, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

    Brantley underwent right ankle surgery in the middle of October and was initially given a recovery timetable of 4-5 months, leaving his status for the start spring training up in the air. While he's apparently making solid progress, the Indians won't know more until he's able to resume agility and running drills.