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  • No current movement on Gonzalez extension
    Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

    Advice: "It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Cubs outfield prospect Jimenez has lofty goal
    Cubs OF prospect Eloy Jimenez said that he hopes to make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: "I think [it’s possible]. All I’ve got to do is play good and prove to them that I’m ready to play, and see what happens," Jimenez said through a Spanish language interpreter. It might be a fun thought, but don't count it as a realistic one. The 20-year-old spent the 2016 season at Low-A South Bend, where he hit .329/.369/.532 with 14 homers and 81 RBI over 432 at-bats. Fine numbers, to be sure, but an outright jump to the Cubbies at this point in his development would be a major surprise. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
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  • Bourn could make additional $3.5 MM
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Michael Bourn could make up to $3.5 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

    Advice: The Orioles re-signed Bourn to a minor-league contract on Monday. Should he crack the major league roster, he will make $2 million. There is a March 25 opt-out clause on that minors contract. Bourn, 34, played in 24 games with the O's in 2016, slashing .283/.358/.435 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and two steals. He is currently in spring camp competing to land on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder. Yesterday, 3:32 pm
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  • Hunter Pence (oblique) looks likely for debut
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Hunter Pence (oblique) is "ready to go" for Friday's Cactus League opener.

    Advice: Pence is dealing with an intercostal injury initially sustained prior to the start of spring camp. He took part in batting practice on Wednesday, though, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for long term concern. Said Bochy, "I’ll make that call [Thursday] once I talk to the staff, but Hunter assured me he’s a full go with no limitations, and he really wants to play [on Friday]." Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Turner misses part of workout for jury duty
    Tea Turner missed part of Wednesday's workout because he was summoned for jury duty.

    Advice: West Palm Beach isn't far from Turner's home in Lake Worth, Florida, so it wasn't much of a hassle. True to form, the 23-year-old got out of there in a hurry. "He told me he was going to jury duty. Then he got there and he said they didn’t need him," said Nationals manager Dusty Baker. "When they call, you don’t have much choice. He seemed pretty happy about not doing it, though." Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Bell ahead of schedule from knee surgery
    Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Josh Bell (knee) is ahead of schedule and has been cleared for everything except for full-speed running.

    Advice: Great news. Bell underwent knee surgery three weeks ago, but he already progressed to taking some swings against Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday. The Pirates will ease him back into running, but it shouldn't take him long to get ready for game action. Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Dickerson (back) misses workout again Wed.
    Alex Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for the third straight day on Wednesday.

    Advice: Padres manager Andy Green previously downplayed the issue, but it has turned out to be a nagging issue. He's going to be examined by team doctors just to make sure nothing serious is going on. Yesterday, 9:17 am
  • Hicks makes swing adjustments
    Aaron Hicks acknowledged that he made a couple of swing adjustments over the winter.

    Advice: Hicks struggled in a fourth outfielder role last season, batting just .218/.277/.338 over 120 games. He's hoping that the changes will lead to better results. "With my left-handed swing, I got shorter with my load and right-handed just getting the ball deeper and seeing it for a longer period of time and being able to drive it to all fields," said Hicks. Aaron Judge will try to win the starting right field job this spring, but if he struggles, Hicks would be the most likely beneficiary. Yesterday, 9:00 am
  • Upton not a candidate to hit second in 2017
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Justin Upton is not a candidate to hit second to begin the season.

    Advice: It sounds wide open beyond that, as Ausmus said "anybody else" when asked who could potentially fill the role. Upton began last season as the No. 2 hitter, but struggled miserably before eventually showing improvement out of the fifth and sixth spots in the order. Cameron Maybin saw considerable time out of the No. 2 spot last season, as well, but he was traded to the Angels during the offseason. The Tigers will likely try multiple players out of the spot this spring. Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Leonys Martin arrives in Mariners camp
    Leonys Martin arrived in Mariners' camp on Wednesday.

    Advice: Martin was late to camp because he testified Tuesday in a human-trafficking trial in Miami. It shouldn't take him long to get up to speed. The 28-year-old batted .247/.306/.378 with 15 homers, 47 RBI, and 24 steals over 143 games last season. He'll function as Seattle's primary center fielder again in 2017. Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Dickerson (back) missed workout Tues.
    Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

    Advice: The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Ellsbury reports to Yankees camp Tuesday
    Jacoby Ellsbury reported to Yankees camp Tuesday.

    Advice: Ellsbury was cleared to arrive late to spring training because his wife delivered the couple's second child last week. "We'll watch him the next few days," manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. "Obviously, he's a couple of days behind. His wife, Kelsey, is great, the baby is great. Physically, he looks good. We'll see where he is sometime at the end of the weekend or early next week." Tuesday, 4:29 pm
  • Pence (oblique) takes swings Tuesday
    Hunter Pence (oblique) took some swings against Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday.

    Advice: Pence tweaked his side before reporting to camp, but he took swings off a tee and in the batting cage on Sunday and now he's been cleared to face live pitching. It's a sign that he should be good to go pretty soon. Tuesday, 10:19 am
  • Suzuki (knee, back) could miss a few days
    Ichiro Suzuki could miss a few days due to a bruised right knee and a stiff back.

    Advice: He suffered the injuries in a collision with outfielder Brandon Barnes. We're mostly providing this update to note that Ichiro claims that his was the first time he has had to go to an MLB trainers room for treatment. Yes, really. The 43-year-old wonder should be back to normal soon. Tuesday, 9:36 am
  • Bell (knee) faces live pitching Tuesday
    Josh Bell faced live pitching Tuesday for the first time since his knee surgery three weeks ago.

    Advice: Bell took some swings against Jameson Taillon to test his knee. It's unclear when he'll be ready to make his spring debut, but he's obviously moving in the right direction. Barring any setbacks, he should be fine for the start of the regular season. Tuesday, 9:08 am
  • Martin could report to camp on Wednesday
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Leonys Martin could arrive in camp on Wednesday.

    Advice: Martin is currently testifying in Miami regarding a Cuban human-trafficking case. Previous reports indicated that his testimony could stretch into Wednesday, but either way, it shouldn't be long before he officially reports. Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • Bell (knee) participates in baserunning
    Josh Bell (knee) participated in some light baserunning drills on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bell underwent surgery about three weeks ago to remove a loose body from his left knee, but he's slowly beginning to ramp things up. He's also fielding grounders and hitting in the indoor batting cage. It's unclear when he'll be ready to hit on the field or face live pitching, but he's making encouraging progress. Tuesday, 7:56 am
  • Heisey lost 15 to 20 pounds over winter
    Chris Heisey estimates that he lost 15 to 20 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Nationals manager Dusty Baker apparently noticed an immediate difference when Heisey reported to camp. "The second I walked in his office, he goes, ‘Dang, you look good!’ " Heisey said. The 32-year-old slugged nine homers with a .736 OPS in just 155 plate appearances last season and will again serve as a right-handed bench bat in 2017. Tuesday, 5:16 am
  • Orioles re-sign veteran OF Michael Bourn
    Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role. Monday, 4:28 pm
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  • Michael Brantley (shoulder) does soft-toss
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) has advanced to soft-toss but hasn't been cleared to hit on the field yet.

    Advice: The Indians are taking every precaution with Brantley this spring after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by multiple shoulder issues and surgeries. He'll be held out of Cactus League action initially, but the hope remains that he'll be ready to go once the season begins. Monday, 4:11 pm
  • Dodgers make Franklin Gutierrez deal official
    Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Bell (knee) fields grounders, hits in cage
    Josh Bell (knee) fielded grounders and hit in an indoor batting cage for the third straight day on Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't taken swings on the field or faced live pitching yet, but Bell looks to be coming along nicely for a guy who's less than three weeks removed from left knee surgery. When he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action remains to be seen, but Bell has a good shot to be available for Opening Day. Monday, 1:17 pm
  • Alex Dickerson nursing some back stiffness
    Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

    Advice: The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season. Monday, 1:11 pm
  • Hunter Pence (oblique) takes 25 swings
    Hunter Pence (oblique) took 25 swings in a batting cage on Sunday.

    Advice: Pence is being brought along slowly after tweaking his oblique prior to the start of spring training. He's making nice progress and shouldn't be too far behind his Giants teammates. Sunday, 11:26 am
  • Leonys Martin to arrive late at Mariners camp
    Leonys Martin will be a late arrival at Mariners spring training.

    Advice: Manager Scott Servais said Martin might not arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday. Martin is reportedly healthy and is back in Miami dealing with a personal matter. The 28-year-old blasted a career-high 15 homers in 2016. Saturday, 4:37 pm
  • Jacoby Ellsbury away for child's birth
    Jacoby Ellsbury will be late to Yankees camp in order to attend the birth of his child.

    Advice: Ellsbury's wife is being induced soon. He should be in camp sometime next week. Friday, 10:38 am
  • Josh Bell (knee) cleared to hit off tee
    Josh Bell (knee) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

    Advice: Bell is easing back into baseball activities after having surgery earlier this month to remove a loose body from his left knee. It's unclear when he might be ready for Grapefruit League action, but Bell should have enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Friday, 7:59 am
  • Gonzalez not sure about future with Rockies
    Carlos Gonzalez was non-committal Thursday when asked about the possibility of signing an extension with the Rockies.

    Advice: Gonzalez is entering the final year of his contract with Colorado, and while both sides have expressed interest in a potential extension, he's not providing any indication that an agreement is imminent. "Do you know what’s going to happen tomorrow? I don’t know," said Gonzalez. "I might sign an extension … but I take it day by day now and I’m excited for this journey. It’s been the same situation for the past probably four to five years and I think it’s just part of my career. It’s a part of baseball." CarGo will be 32 in October, so this could be his final opportunity to land a lucrative long-term deal. He might ultimately prefer to test the open market. The Rockies have high hopes for this season, but CarGo could become a trade candidate if no agreement is reached and the team falls out of the race by midseason. Thursday, 5:28 pm
  • Brantley won't play early Cactus League games
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Michael Brantley (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for the first spring game.

    Advice: It's not shocking. Brantley hasn't encountered a setback, but the Indians don't want him to rush his way back from biceps surgery. He's continuing to ramp things up with his tee work, but it's much too soon to say whether he'll be ready for the start of the season. Wednesday, 11:40 am
  • Josh Bell (knee) did throwing on Monday
    Josh Bell (knee) did some throwing on Monday and said he hopes to resume hitting soon.

    Advice: Bell needed surgery earlier this month to remove a loose body in his left knee. It's early enough that he should be fine for the opening of the 2017 regular season, but as a player with a history of knee issues that isn't something which can be guaranteed. Bell, 24, projects to serve as the Pirates' primary first baseman this year. Monday, 9:52 am
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