All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Feb. 18
Here is a recap of Tuesday's baseball news, complete with injury updates and some news on a pair of young, hard-throwing National League right-handers.
It's not just pitchers and catchers in camp these days, position players are starting to report to spring training as well. Exhibition games are scheduled to start next week, so hooray for that. We're getting closer and closer to real, live baseball.
Earlier today, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported the Mariners are showing "decent interest" in LHP Chris Capuano as they look to round out their rotation. Here is a recap of the rest of Tuesday's baseball news.
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Blue Jays: Signed OF Brett Carroll to a minor league deal that does not include an invitation to big league spring training, the club announced.
Mets: Signed RHP Buddy Carlyle to a minor league contract that does not include and invitation to big league spring training, the team announced.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
SS Stephen Drew: Four teams, including the Red Sox and Mets, continue to have interest in Drew. The Yankees made an offer earlier this winter, but that is apparently off the table. (ESPN & New York Post)
Orioles: Remain interested in both OF Nelson Cruz and DH Kendrys Morales. They would only have to surrender a second round pick to sign either after giving up their first rounder to sign RHP Ubaldo Jimenez. (ESPN)
Phillies: Both LHP Cole Hamels and RHP Mike Adams are hoping to throw off a mound for the first time next week. Hamels is returning from shoulder tendinitis while Adams is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. (Philadelphia Daily News)
Rangers: IF Jurickson Profar has been shut down with a shoulder issue. He could still be ready for opening day as long as he doesn't suffer another setback ... RHP Tanner Scheppers was scratched from Tuesday's scheduled bullpen session due to back spasms and is day-to-day (MLB.com) ... LHP Matt Harrison was scratched from Tuesday's throwing session due to a stiff neck. He wanted to throw anyway, but the team said no after he missed most of last year with back problem. (Fox Sports Southwest)
Red Sox: C A.J. Pierzynski did not catch any bullpen sessions after turning his ankle earlier this week (WEEI.com) ... RHP Jake Peavy played catch. He had a finger issue after being hit by a ball over the weekend (MassLive.com) ... OF Shane Victorino will take it easy early in camp following December thumb surgery. (ESPN Boston)
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