Red Sox's Carson Smith: Location over velocity
Carson Smith credited location and movement over velocity for his success last season, WEEI.com reports. "It's tough going out there throwing four out of every five days. That's why your velocity can always vary, but as long as I keep my accuracy and movement consistent, I'm pretty positive about my chances. If I'm in the low-to-mid 90s, I'm pretty happy."
Smith's fastball isn't overpowering at 93 mph, so he relies heavily on his slider. He dominated right-handers, who hit just .169 off him and overall, Smith held hitters to a .192 average. At this point in the offseason, Smith projects into a share of the setup role along with Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara, behind closer Craig Kimbrel.
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Agrees to two-year deal to avoid arbitration
Mike Moustakas agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
An impressive 2015 campaign from the 26-year-old Moustakas earned him a significant pay bump for the final two years of arbitration. After setting career highs in most offensive categories, his place in the batting order remains a bit unclear heading into the 2016 season. He began 2015 batting second in the order, but the mid-season acquisition of Ben Zobrist resulted in Moustakas being pushed down to sixth. With Zobrist no longer in the picture, it wouldn't be surprising he hits near the top again.
Yankees' Lane Adams: Outrghted to Triple-A on Thursday, receives spring training invite
Lane Adams was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, but has received an invitation to spring training.
Adams was designated for assignment on February 1, but cleared waivers unclaimed. He has plenty of speed, but he will likely spend most of 2016 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, especially after being knocked off the 40-man roster.
Rockies' Mike Tauchman: Receives invitation to spring training
Tauchman received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
The 25-year-old has been an on-base machine, but he'll likely head back to the minors following spring training considering he has never played an inning above Double-A in his professional career.
Rockies' Rosell Herrera: Receives invitation to spring training
Rosell Herrera received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Herrera spent another season with High-A Modesto, but considering he only batted .260 last season, he'll likely head back to the minors for more seasoning after spring training.
Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Receives invitation to spring training
Jordan Patterson received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Patterson has torn up the minor leagues and even reached Double-A in his third professional season. That being said, he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training to get more work against advanced pitchers.
Rockies' David Dahl: Receives invitation to spring training
David Dahl received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Dahl reached Double-A for the first time in 2015, and although he slugged .417, he struck out a ton. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more seasoning.
Rockies' Jackson Williams: Signs minor league contract with Rockies on Thursday
Jackson Williams signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Williams spent most of 2015 in Double-A in the Giants organization, but he did get a short taste of the majors in September. Despite this, it'll be tough to crack the 25-man roster out of spring training with Nick Hundley, Tom Murphy, and Dustin Garneau in the way.
Rockies' Will Swanner: Receives invitation to spring training
Will Swanner received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Swanner spent 2015 with Double-A New Britain and showed off his power with 17 home runs. Although the invitation is promising, he'll likely start the season in the minors to develop more.
Rockies' Dom Nunez: Receives invitation to spring training
Dom Nunez received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Nunez caught at Low-A Asheville last season, posting an .821 OPS thanks to 13 home runs. The invitation is nice, but he'll likely head back down to the minors after spring training concludes to develop more.