Troy Tulowitzki
Mets, Rockies still in talks for Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
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News: The Mets and Rockies have been discussing a potential deal that would sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to New York this offseason, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. However, it remains to be seen how likely of a chance New York will have of acquiring Tulowitzki via trade. A source told Heyman the likelihood of a trade to the Mets appear to be "slim" at the moment.

Tulowitzki was hitting a league-best .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI before suffering a hip injury in the middle of the year. He has $118 million remaining over the next six seasons.


Nick Markakis
Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL
News: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.


Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich to miss rest of winter ball with ankle injury
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is going to miss the rest of the winter ball season after suffering an ankle injury that required him to be carried off the field Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Dietrich was hurt while playing in the Dominican league when covering second base and a runner collided with him trying to grab the ball. 

Dietrich played in 20 games for Miami in 2014, hitting .290 with two triples and 11 RBI. It is unknown if this injury will keep Dietrich out into spring training and the beginning of the regular season. 


Chris Withrow
Dodgers' Chris Withrow undergoes back surgery
Chris Withrow, RP, LAD
News: Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow underwent surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back, reports.

Withrow is still recovering from June Tommy John surgery, and the three-month timetable for rehab after his back surgery won't affect his overall timetable, which should have him back in action in midseason. He posted a 2.95 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings in 2014 before going under the knife.


Matt Cain
Giants SP Matt Cain will start throwing three times a week
Matt Cain, SP, SF
News: Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain, who is coming off surgery in August to remove bone chips from his elbow, will begin throwing from 45-60 feet next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He will throw three times a week as he continues his rehab.

Jose Fernandez
Marlins' Redmond expecting a June/July return for ace Fernandez
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
News: Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet and should throw off a mound during spring training, according to MLB Network Radio.

Redmond is expecting a return around June or July for Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery.


Chris Owings
Diamondbacks SS Owings won't be ready for spring training
Chris Owings, SS, ARI
News: Chip Hale has stated that Diamondbacks middle infielder Chris Owings will not be recovered from offseason left shoulder surgery in time for spring training.

He should, however, be 100 percent by opening day.

Owings lost much of the season to injury, but performed decently when healthy. He managed a slash line of .261/.300/.406.


Ben Revere
Phillies OF Ben Revere's ankle pain-free
Ben Revere, CF, PHI
News: Phillies outfielder Ben Revere said Saturday that he's finally pain-free after dealing with an ankle injury all season, reports.

"I feel no pain," he said. "I've been running and cutting. No pain. I feel good. It slowed me up definitely. Some jumps after the ball I hesitated because of it. I knew it was there. Some bases I tried to steal, running down the line I'd slow down, hitting, trying to get out of the box, diving for a ball. It was tough. It was so frustrating."

Revere broke his ankle in July 2013 and played with screws in the ankle in 2014, resulting in a frequent pained expression on his face throughout the season. He had the screws removed at the end of September and believes he can improve on his statistics next season. Revere hit .306/.325/.361 with two home runs, 28 RBI and 49 stolen bases in 601 at-bats in 2014.


Homer Bailey
Reds SP Homer Bailey 'ahead of schedule'
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
News: Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey said Saturday that he's about seven-to-ten days ahead of schedule as he rehabs five days a week, reports.

"I'm rehabbing every Monday through Friday ... fun stuff," Bailey said. "You're rehabbing instead of getting the time off you'd want. Once you're done with rehab, it's time to start working everything."

Bailey had surgery on Sept. 5 to repair a torn flexor mass tendon near his elbow.

"I'm about a week or a week and a half ahead of schedule. Everything looks fine," Bailey said. "I can't think of anything right now that I can't do. I haven't tried throwing yet, but even if I was healthy, I wouldn't start throwing until Christmas. That's the timetable they want me to start throwing, rehab-wise."

Bailey's status for the regular-season opener remains up in the air.


Skip Schumaker
Reds still in market for outfielder following trade of Chris Heisey
Skip Schumaker, LF, CIN
News: The trade of Chris Heisey to the Dodgers hurts the outfield depth for the Reds, but general manager Walt Jocketty indicated Tuesday the team is still in the market to add an outfielder and feels a healthy Skip Schumaker will also provide depth, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"We think (Skip) Schumaker's going to be healthy and help us," Jocketty said. "We'll give him an opportunity. We may push some of our younger guys. But we'd still think we're going to add someone."


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