Rangers' Colby Lewis: Will be limited early in spring training
Colby Lewis (knee) will be limited early in spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Lewis was originally expected to be fully ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in October, but now it appears that the Texas Rangers will take the cautious approach and not rush him during spring training. That being said, the cautious approach should allow him to be fully healthy for the regular season barring any complications.
Braves' Carlos Torres: Receives invitation to spring training
Carlos Torres received an invitation to spring training Thursday.
Torres signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves yesterday after becoming a free agent early this month, but it wasn't announced until today that he would receive an invitation to spring training. Torres' solid control and decent career strikeout rate should help him compete for a bullpen spot with Atlanta.
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will start Opening Day
Ryan Hanigan will be the backup while Christian Vazquez, coming off Tommy John surgery, is ticketed to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. That's the plan as it stands now, just prior to spring training. Swihart was called up to the majors last season, slightly ahead of schedule, and proved himself a competent hitter. There's still parts of the job defensively he needs to work on -- blocking balls is the primary area -- but the
Padres' Wil Myers: Expected to stick at first base in 2016
The San Diego Padres plan to use Wil Myers at first base full-time in 2016.
Myers played 22 games at first base and 42 in the outfield in an injury-shortened 2015 season. But after trading Yonder Alonso to the A's, there's no one substantially in the way of Myers at first base this year. The bigger concern is whether he's fully recovered from the wrist injuries that marred last year's season.
Dexter Fowler: Drawing interest from the O's?
Dexter Fowler might be drawing interest from the Orioles, though the team has also been linked to other outfield options.
The notion here is that if the Orioles close the deal with Yovani Gallardo and forfeit their 14th overall pick, they might be more inclined to forfeit a lesser pick to upgrade their outfield. At first glance, such an outfield spot seems readily available.
Yovani Gallardo: Approaching three-year deal with Orioles
Yovani Gallardo is nearing a three-year contract worth $40-45 million with the Orioles, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
The deal isn't official yet, as hangups include the possibility of an opt-out clause being inserted after the first or second year of the deal. But sources are calling a deal "highly likely" at this point. As Gallardo was tendered a qualifying offer by Texas, the Orioles will surrender their first-round pick to sign him.
Angels' Javy Guerra: Signs minor league deal with Angels
Javy Guerra signed a minor league with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Guerra hardly played in 2015, as he was issued a 50-game suspension for a positive performance enhancing drug test. In 2014, he threw 46.1 innings of relief with the White Sox with a 2.91 ERA and 7.4 K/9, and the Angels decided that recent success was worthy of an invitation to spring training.
Braves' Carlos Torres: Signs with Braves
The Atlanta Braves signed Carlos Torres to a minor league contract Wednesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
After the Mets inked him to a one-year deal on Jan. 15, the organization changed course with the signing of Antonio Bastardo just a few days later, waiving Torres in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. It's unclear if Torres has received an invite to spring training with the big club, but his career strikeout rate of 7.9 K/9 could serve him well in the competition for a roster spot with the Braves.
Blue Jays' Drew Storen: Will decide on closer in Spring Training
After bringing in Storen over the offseason, he will compete with Roberto Osuna for the closer job. After Osuna saved 20 games for the
Giants' Brandon Belt: Agrees to one-year contract with Giants, avoiding arbitration
The deal goes just a bit in favor of the Giants, as it falls a bit short of the $6.4 million midpoint. The 27-year-old bounced back nicely last season with a .280 batting average, an .834 OPS, and 18 home runs. Now that his contract situation is out of the way, Belt can return to being a solid fantasy option at first base, assuming he can replicate his 2015 numbers.