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Injuries to Andre Ethier and Carson Smith are the latest to mess with their clubs' depth.
With Andre Ethier out, Dodgers turn to outfield depth
Subscribing to the conventional wisdom that Spring Training is meaningful only in its injuries, the Dodgers are continuing with a frustratingly meaningful March. Yesterday in this space, we reviewed the deteriorating state of the team’s rotation; today, reminds us not to take position player health for granted, either. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that the left fielder is expected to be out for 10 to 14 weeks with a fractured tibia. Andre Ethier
Initial x-rays did not show any damage after Ethier fouled a ball off his leg on Friday, but results from follow-up exams were not so encouraging. Though it certainly isn’t ideal for the Dodgers to have the 33-year old sidelined until June, the team’s outfield depth makes it a little more palatable. It was already expected that the left-handed Ethier would share time with right-handed Scott van Slyke, and in his absence, left field will probably be filled by a platoon team of van Slyke and
. It’s something of an outside shot at redemption for Crawford, who wasn’t expected to receive much playing time after three seasons in LA that have been disappointing and injury-plagued (and, of course, expensive)—though projections suggest only continued decline for the erstwhile star. Carl Crawford Read the full article... Many a fifth starter is down in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Pablo's gain might be Travis Shaw's... gain.
Dodgers fifth-starter spot back up for grabs
The theme song for the Dodgers rotation this spring has been “Another One Bites the Dust”—and that’s not a reference to opposing hitters digging in against . Over the weekend, manager Clayton Kershaw revealed that the group’s latest ailing member is right-hander Dave Roberts , who was supposed to be the failsafe when the fragile veterans ahead of him went down. Now, the 28-year-old Bolsinger is sidelined with an oblique injury, and while it’s not believed to be a long-term matter, it does open up another void in Roberts’ Opening Day rotation. Mike Bolsinger
Here’s the carnage to date:
is out several months with a back injury; Brett Anderson is still dealing with shoulder discomfort and can’t be counted on until late May; Hyun-jin Ryu and the recently acquired Brandon McCarthy will start the year on the 60-day DL; free-agent pickup Frankie Montas is Scott Kazmir struggling to light up 9s on the radar gun; is dealing with elbow tendinitis; and Brandon Beachy just returned on Saturday from a minor case of forearm tightness. Alex Wood Read the full article... Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.
Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with ’s shoulder—and his career? Bronson Arroyo
Read the full article... Ruben Tejada is released, Johnny Cueto is rattled, and Adam LaRoche is retired.
Adam LaRoche would rather kick it with his boy than play for the Chicago White Sox
Earlier this week, shocked the Adam LaRoche by abruptly announcing his retirement from baseball. The timing of this move was particularly interesting, as Chicago White Sox it’s the middle of spring training and he’s also walking away from $13 million. Even when you consider that he didn’t exactly have a glorious 2015 season—he hit .207/.293/.340 with a of .233, same as TAv —and was entering his age-36 season on a bit of a slow start due to health concern, it was hard to see why LaRoche would choose to walk away from so much money and a starting job. Tyson Ross
Read the full article... The Brewers look to settle the battle for center field, while Eric Sogaard might be facing Triple-A.
Keon Broxton emerging as possible center-field favorite in Brewers camp
The Brew Crew arrived in Arizona with a vacancy in center field, where once roamed before then-general manager Doug Melvin shipped him to the Astros at the 2015 trade deadline. At the time, now-GM David Stearns was in Houston, but since the Brewers hired him away in late September, it was Stearns’ job to fill the void created by his predecessor. And if Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer Tom Haudricourt is reading the situation correctly, Stearns may have done so in a relatively nondescript December trade.
As Christmas approached, the Brewers struck a deal with the Pirates, sending first baseman
to Pittsburgh in exchange for two minor-leaguers: right-hander Jason Rogers and outfielder Trey Supak . The latter hit .273/.357/.438 in 133 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A last year and has the athleticism to play up the middle, but with his 26 Keon Broxton th birthday looming in May, Broxton was running out of time to prove his major-league value. Now, his chance seems to have arrived. Read the full article... The Mets are wheelin' and dealin' their way to the end of spring training, while the Blue Jays are gearing up for a long contract negotiation with Jose Bautista.
The Blue Jays aren’t keen on Jose Bautista’s high asking price
isn’t Edwin Encarnacion the only Blue Jay looking to finish off his career in Toronto. threw down the gauntlet earlier this offseason when he announced his terms for a contract that would keep him in royal blue for the next six years. The Jays’ slugger has his sights set on an annual $30 million payout, but is reportedly more open to negotiating the terms of his contract than previously believed. Jose Bautista
Read the full article... Also: Ruben Amaro Jr. reveals that he doesn't understand analytics *or* ruses.
Adrian Beltre is looking for a three-year deal worth nearly $60 million
is entering the final year of his contract, which means it’s time for the 36-year old to seek one final big payday. According to Jon Heyman, Beltre is seeking at least a three-year deal that’s worth $19 million per year. Beltre’s camp is using Adrian Beltre ’s contract as a baseline here, and if you value performance over age in these sorts of things, then Beltre is warranted. Pablo Sandoval
Read the full article... You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict Almonte. Meanwhile, the Cubs have balked at a long extension for Jake Arrieta, and Tim Lincecum's unemployment shows why.
Austin Jackson chose White Sox for opportunity to play center field
When put pen to paper last week, the headline on the website of the Austin Jackson Cleveland Plain Dealer read, “Austin Jackson signs with an AL Central team in need of outfield help.” The Indians were a natural fit for Jackson, even before was slapped with an 80-game suspension. Almonte’s half-season ban seemed likely to add urgency to their pursuit of the former Tigers outfielder, perhaps enough for general manager Mike Chernoff to overcome his Abraham Almonte budgetary constraints.
Alas, it wasn’t in the cards. The AL Central team that now employs Jackson is not the Tribe but the White Sox, who
inked him to a one-year, $5 million contract. And the runner-up in the race to sign the 29-year-old wasn’t Cleveland, but Anaheim, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Read the full article... Edwin Encarnacion could be due for a reup, while A.J. Ellis could lose his job, if not his actual job.
Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays have started up contract extension talks
This week, we’ve seen and Kolten Wong each receive contract extensions. One of the next players to join them could be Encarnacion, a very different sort of player in a very different sort of situation. According to Salvador Perez Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Toronto has extended inquiries; the extent of his interest is unknown; his extant commitment is through 2016; while an extenuating factor could be his age.
Even though Encarnacion is on the “wrong” side of 30, he’s done nothing but improve his most valuable asset—his power hitting. In the 2015 season, he hit .277/.372/.557 with a
of .324 and 39 home runs, up from .268/.354/.547, .310 TAv and 34 a year earlier. He might be just another weapon in a fearsome Blue Jays lineup, but he'd be good enough to be the best hitter in a championship-quality offense. TAv Read the full article... Unfortunately, his pitches are given to fly.
officially off the board, the offseason rumor mill is on its last legs. The spring training position battle and intriguing-opt-out time of year is only just beginning. Here are two situations in that vein that could be worth monitoring in the coming weeks… Ian Desmond
Pending Nats fifth-starter competition, Bronson Arroyo could be a late-March rotation option
There were plenty of teams in greater need of rotation depth than the Nationals when was deciding where to sign in late January. A host of those clubs Bronson Arroyo phoned to express interest in the veteran righty, who’s now a year-and-a-half removed from the surgery that made his old contract with the Diamondbacks a sunk cost. In the end, Arroyo chose comfort over depth-chart security, preferring the familiarity of working with manager Tommy John over a greater chance of locking up a rotation job—albeit with an opt-out to let him pursue the latter elsewhere. Dusty Baker Read the full article...
February 24, 2016 6:00 am
Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.
Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Denard Span as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Michael Taylor acquired Mike Rizzo from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year. Ben Revere
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February 17, 2016 6:00 am
The Red Sox look for bullpen help and the Rangers look to extend one of their elder statesmen.
Red Sox eyeing left-handed relievers
As the offseason winds down, teams stocking up on bullpen options qualifies as noteworthy news. Peter Abraham, who covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe, brought us a dose on Thursday, tweeting that Dave Dombrowski and his staff are in the market for a southpaw. Specifically, Abraham mentioned and Neal Cotts as possibilities for the Red Sox, who are likely hoping that one of the veterans would accept a minor-league deal and come to camp as a non-roster invitee. Franklin Morales
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