Allen Craig
Citing health, Allen Craig hopes to play well for Red Sox
Allen Craig, RF, BOS
News: After declaring himself healthy, Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig hopes to justify the Red Sox’s decision to trade for him, reports the Boston Herald.

Craig suffered a ligament tear in his left foot in 2013 and struggled throughout 2014, hitting .215 with eight home runs and 46 RBI.

"I'm just going to go to spring training and compete wherever I'm at and just play the game like I always have," Craig said. "The Red Sox traded for me because they believe in me, so I want to go out there and play well."


Byron Buxton
Twins OF Byron Buxton seeking bounce-back 2015 campaign
Byron Buxton, CF, MIN
News: Although Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is likely to start the year in Double-A, general manager Terry Ryan said that seeing both Buxton and third baseman Miguel Sano debut this season "would be a realistic point of view," according to the Associated Press.

Sano was sidelined in 2014 after having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last March. Buxton endured a frustrating injury-riddled 2014 campaign. He has been recovering from a broken index finger and was recently cleared to resume baseball activities.

"We've got to knock off some of the rust that's built up on him, because he hasn't played all that much," Ryan said. "I don't anticipate anything that went on with him last year really affecting him in a negative way. He just didn't get enough at-bats or enough playing time to say it was a developmental year. We lost basically a year with him, and that's not what you like."


Yoenis Cespedes
Tigers manager Ausmus: Cespedes will hit in heart of the order
Yoenis Cespedes, RF, DET
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will hit in the heart of the order this season, per the Detroit Free-Press.

Cespedes, 29, was acquired in a December trade with Boston. He batted cleanup in 235 of his 416 career games in the majors. He hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. He owns a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons.


Franklin Gutierrez
Mariners GM: We've had some discussions with Franklin Gutierrez
Franklin Gutierrez, RF, SEA
News: Mariners assistant general manager Jeff Kingston indicated that free agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is still on the team's radar, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Gutierrez spent the 2014 season on the restricted list due to ongoing gastrointestinal issues.

"He wants to give it a shot," Kingston said. "Full disclosure, there are some veteran non-roster players we're still talking to, and we probably will add a few more here before the start of camp.

"He is somebody we've had some discussions with. So it is a possibility."


Jordan Schafer
Twins, Jordan Schafer agree to terms on $1.55 million contract
Jordan Schafer, LF, MIN
News: The Twins announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with outfielder Jordan Schafer on a one-year contract for $1.55 million, avoiding arbitration. Left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing remains the only arbitration-eligible player for the Twins without an agreement.

Schafer, 28, made $1.09 million last season with the Braves. He slashed .238/.310/.305 with one homer, 15 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 210 at-bats between Atlanta and Minnesota in 2014.


Michael Brantley
Indians OF Michael Brantley adjusts offseason workouts for 2015
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
News: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley told reporters on Thursday that he changed his offseason workouts in order to be fully ready for full-squad reporting day on Feb. 22, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Brantley was named to the All-Star team for the first time, and finished third in MVP voting last season. He slashed .327/.385/.506 with 20 homers and 97 RBI over 611 at-bats.

"I have never trained this hard in my life so I can't wait to see how it works out this year," Brantley said. "I was working out five-six days a week, three hours a day. I have an itch to start this year and [I’m] excited about it.

"I revamped everything. I feel like I can get better and stronger. I've been working on base-stealing."


Oswaldo Arcia
Twins granted fourth option year on Oswaldo Arcia
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN
News: The Twins have been granted a fourth option year on outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Arcia has already been optioned three times in his career, but Minnesota was granted a fourth option after Arcia spent less than 10 days in the minors in 2014. While Arcia is expected to open the year as one of the team's starting outfielders, the move allows the Twins to send him down if he disappoints during spring or gets off to a poor start. Once Arcia is out of options, the team would have to try and send him through waivers in order to put him in the minor-leagues.

The 23-year-old Arcia hit .231/.300/.452 in 372 at-bats last year.


Shane Victorino
BoSox's Farrell: We're a better team with Shane Victorino on the field
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS
News: With the Red Sox looking at a crowded-outfield situation, general manager Ben Cherington said veteran outfielder Shane Victorino is determined to bounce back from August back surgery, per

“I think a motivated Shane Victorino out to prove something is a very good thing, for him and the Red Sox,” Cherington said Thursday. “So, I’m just excited to see him. I think we’ll see him later this week. We know what kind of player he is if he’s healthy and on the field.

"He’s certainly done all he needs to do this offseason. When it comes to getting baseball reps, that’s another level, another element he has to incorporate and getting into the everyday routine of spring training. But he seems anxious, so that’s good.”

Manager John Farrell said Victorino's health will determine how he plans to use the 34-year-old outfielder in 2015.

“That’s going to be dependent on what his capabilities are from a physical standpoint,” Farrell said. “We’re a better team if he’s on the field every day as was the case in 2013. That’s not to take anything away from anyone else on our roster. He’s doing everything he can right now to be a player of that capacity.”


Michael Taylor
Penny, Carroll among players signed to minor-league deals by ChiSox
Michael Taylor, CF, CHW
News: The White Sox announced Thursday they signed 15 players to minor-league contracts, which included invites to spring training.

The 15 players were pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin, Brad Penny, Zach Phillips, Joe Savery, catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto, infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche, and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor


Dustin Ackley
Mariners OF Dustin Ackley remains on course with ankle rehab
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA
News: Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley visited an ankle specialist in the offseason, but was told to stay on the same offseason recovery program, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

My plan is to play the hell out of him in spring training," said McClendon on getting Ackley over his slow starts, per 710 AM ESPN Radio in Seattle. "Either he'll get tired or I will."

Ackley was limited to 143 games last season due to bone spurs in his left ankle. He hit .245/.293/.398 with 14 homers and 65 RBI over 502 at-bats last season.


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