He was in the minors for most of last season, hitting .332 with 25 homers for the Angels Triple-A affiliate.Analysis:
"It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "It makes a huge difference."
Braun swung a bat 10 days after the procedure and was happy the pain in his thumb was gone.
"Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I’ve told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don’t feel it at all, so I’m excited."
While Braun is definitely optimistic, he is also a bit cautious because he isn't in the grind of playing baseball every day. He has received full clearance, however, for all offseason activities.
"I’m encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into spring training and see how it responds," Braun said. "But it hasn’t felt this good in a really long time."Analysis:
“We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”
Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston.Analysis:
Carrera hit .261 in 69 plate appearances last season.Analysis:
All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.Analysis:
The team is searching for a left-handed hitter, and Bruce hits the bill. Bruce will make a little over $12 million in both 2015 and 2016. He was a $13 million club option for 2017.Analysis:
Saunders has a .231 average, .384 slugging percentage and .685 OPS in 553 games over six seasons for the Mariners. He also has 51 home runs, 82 doubles and 182 RBI.Analysis:
Adduci hit .189 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI in 61 games for the Rangers since 2013.Analysis:
The terms of the deal are a four-year contract worth $88 million, a source told FOX Sports. The deal includes a fifth-year vesting option valued at $22 million.
Ramirez is expected to play in left field with the Red Sox also agreeing to a contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and with Xander Bogaerts remaining at shortstop for Boston.Analysis:
"(Twins general manager) Terry Ryan and I have talked several times, and there's definitely a common interest there, for sure," Hunter said.
The Twins drafted Hunter in the first round of the 1993 draft. He appeared in games for Minnesota from 1997-2007 before playing for the Angels and Tigers.
"I would come over to win," he said of his reasons for potentially returning to Minnesota. "All that stuff everybody talks about, 'a great guy in the clubhouse,' that's extra -- that's not No. 1. The No. 1 thing is look at my numbers. They're still the same, one of the most consistent hitters in baseball over my career.
"But sometimes I guess my character and clubhouse presence and just that fire that I have, I think, overshadows a lot. But no matter what, if I didn't put up those numbers, I don't care what kind of personality or drive you have, not many people are going to want you. The only reason you're going to want me is because of my play."Analysis: