3:22 PM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
5 mins ago

Josh Hamilton Undergoes Knee Surgery

The Rangers told reporters today that Josh Hamilton will be sidelined following arthroscopic surgery to repair the cartilage in his left knee (Twitter link via Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News). Hamilton won’t be able to begin running for six weeks, and any potential return to a game setting figures to be further down…
27 mins ago

Orioles Notes: McFarland, Rule 5, Flaherty, Britton

The Orioles released left-hander T.J. McFarland over the weekend, but MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko writes that Baltimore is hopeful that it will be able to re-sign the southpaw to a minor league deal. The O’s wanted more flexibility with their bullpen options, according to Kubatko, which is why they acquired Vidal Nuno and Richard Bleier in…
2 hours ago

NL Central Notes: DeSclafani, Reds, Molina, Cubs

Anthony DeSclafani’s first appearance of the spring will be delayed due to the fact that the Reds right-hander is experiencing some “tenderness” in his elbow, manager Bryan Price told reporters, including C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Price stressed that the team is merely being cautious and said there’s “no red alert” surrounding the…
3 hours ago

NL East Notes: Nationals, Plawecki, Morgan, Coghlan

Matt Wieters’ addition gives the Nationals at least nine Scott Boras clients on their roster — a fact that prompted Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post to explore the relationship between Boras and the Nationals. As Svrluga notes, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon were each drafted as Boras clients, and GM Mike Rizzo…
5 hours ago

Nationals Have Interest In Angel Pagan

The Nationals are among the teams with interest in free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports in his latest notes column. However, the Nationals and other interested parties are hoping to land Pagan on a minor league pact, Rosenthal notes. That Pagan would potentially have to settle for a minors deal is…
16 hours ago

Quick Hits: Quintana, Astros, Yanks, Cards, Bucs, Rockies, Mets

Although left-hander Jose Quintana was the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, he remains with the White Sox as the 2017 campaign approaches. However, the 28-year-old is still in high demand around the majors, according to CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine, who writes that the Astros, Yankees, Cardinals and Pirates are “dug into” the Quintana…
16 hours ago

AL Notes: Red Sox, Blue Jays, Athletics, Indians

A few notes from the American League: The cost for the Red Sox to purchase right-hander Hector Velazquez from the Mexican League last week was just $30K, reports Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald. Velazquez’s pact with the Red Sox includes escalators based on consecutive days he spends on Boston’s roster, and one general manager…
18 hours ago

Camp Battles: St. Louis Cardinals

Before they attempt to bounce back from their first non-playoff season since 2010, the Cardinals have a few positions they’ll need to figure out leading up to April. Let’s take a look in the latest edition of MLBTR’s Camp Battles series… Third Base Jhonny Peralta Age: 34 Bats: R Contract Status: One year, $10MM Options…
21 hours ago

Pitcher Notes: Hellickson, Urias, Straily, May

Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson’s November decision to accept the Phillies’ qualifying offer in lieu of testing free agency came as a surprise, but he believes it was the correct choice. “I feel like I made the right decision,” Hellickson told Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com earlier this month. “And seeing how it all went down, I definitely…
22 hours ago

Central Notes: Royals, Cardinals, Indians

Despite some early talks with Eric Hosmer, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale believes the Royals could wait until the season ends before “seriously” entering negotiations with free agents Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas or Alcides Escobar.  The Royals could be “curious to see what teams are willing to pay after a suppressed free-agent market last winter,…
23 hours ago

AL West Notes: Hamilton, Bailey, Mariners, Devenski

Some news and notes from around the AL West… Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday, the club told reporters (including Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).  Hamilton underwent two surgical procedures on that same knee last year and has been bothered by soreness in…
Feb 26, 2017

AL East Notes: Bourn, Biagini, Shelton, Swihart

It was on this day 82 years ago that the Yankees released franchise icon Babe Ruth, who immediately signed a $20K contract to join the Boston Braves for the 1935 season.  Over 2084 games and 9199 plate appearances in a Yankee uniform, Ruth hit an astounding .349/.484/.711 with 659 home runs, literally transforming the sport…
Feb 26, 2017

NL Central Notes: Villar, LeMahieu, Cubs, Pirates

Here’s the latest from around the NL Central… As recent extension talks would seem to indicate, the Brewers have earmarked Jonathan Villar as a long-term part of their future, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.  In turning down the extension (reportedly a three-year deal over his arbitration seasons worth in the range of…
Feb 26, 2017

Cardinals Interested In Cuban Prospect Luis Robert

The Cardinals have been scouting Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, as the team had evaluators at Robert’s recent workout in the Dominican Republic.  It was reported last month that Robert left Cuba in November to pursue a career in Major League Baseball and he has since established residency…
Feb 25, 2017

Camp Battles: Detroit Tigers

After a surprisingly quiet offseason, the Tigers enter the 2017 season with a veteran roster that leaves little doubt when it comes to roles around the roster. There are still a few unsettled spots that will be determined over the next five to six weeks, however. Here’s a look at the roster battles set to…