• Tigers claim Buddy Kennedy from Cardinals
    Tigers claimed Buddy Kennedy off waivers from the Cardinals.

    Advice: It didn’t take long for a team to pick up Kennedy. The 25-year-old infielder was designated for assignment on Wednesday and Detroit took an interest in him. He has some MLB experience, playing 10 games for the Diamondbacks but went 4-for-24 at the plate last season. Rotoworld 14 minutes ago
  • Tigers designate Andre Lipicus for assignment
    The Tigers designated Andre Lipicus for assignment.

    Advice: It’d be surprising if Lipicus is not claimed soon. The 25-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Buddy Kennedy. In his first season in the majors, Lipicus hit a respectable .742 OPS with a HR in 38 plate appearances as a rookie with the Tigers. Rotoworld 14 minutes ago
  • Designated for assignment
    The Tigers designated Lipcius for assignment Thursday.

    Advice: Lipcius will be squeezed off the 40-man roster in order to make room for Buddy Kennedy, who was claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Thursday. Lipcius spent most of last season in Triple-A Toledo slashing .272/.363/.419 across 360 plate appearances. He also managed 10 hits in 13 games upon reaching the majors and could receive a bit of attention from other clubs on the waiver wire. Rotowire.com 19 minutes ago
  • Claimed by Detroit
    The Tigers claimed Kennedy off waivers from the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Kennedy was DFA'd by St. Louis on Tuesday to make room for Brandon Crawford, and Kennedy will now look to make a name for himself in Detroit. The 25-year-old owns a .592 career OPS through 123 big-league plate appearances, but he slashed .318/.444/.481 with Arizona's Triple-A affiliate in 2023. Kennedy will likely return to Triple-A to begin the new season, but he could play for the Tigers at some point if his bat stays hot in the minors. Andre Lipcius was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Rotowire.com 24 minutes ago
  • Out with viral infection
    Straw is being held out of action due to a viral infection, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Advice: It's not clear how long Straw has been under the weather, but he last played in a Grapefruit League game Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day. Straw is attempting to hold off Estevan Florial for the Guardians' center field job. Rotowire.com 34 minutes ago
     
  • Trying to shake off poor 2023
    Mikolas is retooling his slider for 2024 after a disappointing 2023 season, John Denton of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Mikolas' poor whiff rate (16.7 percent) contributed to his problems in 2023. "I'm working on some different breaking balls and working with some other stuff and so far, so good," said Mikolas. "Maybe not so much [changing] the shape as I am mixing things up more. The mix I had last year wasn't overly successful, so maybe it bodes better if I am mixing things up better." As part of his changes, Mikolas also wants to throw fewer strikes -- batters hit .225 off of him after taking two strikes in 2023. Mikolas has a lot to prove as the longest-tenured member of the Cardinals' rotation following Adam Wainwright's retirement, but it's unclear if his offseason changes will help the 35-year-old get his ERA back under 4.00. Rotowire.com 41 minutes ago
  • Getting long look in spring
    Villar will play in his fifth Cactus League game of the spring Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Villar is getting plenty of playing time so far, and he's gone 2-for-7 with a pair of doubles and a run scored over his first four spring games. The 27-year-old is projected for a utility role if he makes the major-league roster out of camp. That said, he has no clear path to playing time with more established options at both corner infield spots and second base, his three most likely positions. Villar is also right-handed, as are all but two (LaMonte Wade and Brett Wisely) of the Giants' infield options, so there's not much chance of Villar earning a favorable platoon situation. Rotowire.com 49 minutes ago
  • Catches sim game
    Naylor (back) was cleared to catch a simulated game Thursday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Advice: Naylor has been held out since Monday due to back spasms, but getting behind the plate for a sim game is a good sign that the 24-year-old backstop will be able to return to Cactus League play relatively soon. Naylor is in line to serve as Cleveland's everyday catcher this season after slashing .237/.339/.470 across 230 plate appearances in 2023. Rotowire.com 50 minutes ago
     
  • Out with sore shoulder
    Lambert will be sidelined for 10-to-14 days with right shoulder soreness, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Lambert made one scoreless Cactus League appearance on Feb. 25 but hasn't pitched since. Now he'll be shelved for a while and seems likely to begin the season on the injured list. Lambert has collected a 4.33 ERA and 98:50 K:BB over 99.2 innings over parts of four seasons with the White Sox. Rotowire.com 52 minutes ago