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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
    Player Note
    Ichiro Suzuki Mia - LF,CF,RF
  • 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
  • Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over offseason
    Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over the offseason.

    Advice: He currently checks in at 254 pounds but would like to get down to 248 by the end of spring training. Garcia appears motivated and knows that the 2017 campaign could be a pivotal one for him after he produced just a .252/.308/.374 batting line while playing poor defense over the previous two seasons. "I do my routine every morning,’’ Garcia said. "After practice, I go back to the gym. When you work and believe in yourself nothing can stop you." Monday, 2:37 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
  • Swihart making return throws without issue
    Blake Swihart had no throwing issues while catching two sessions of live batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: Swihart developed a minor case of the yips on Friday, sailing return throws in ugly fashion during a round of bullpen work, but all is fine now. The catcher-turned-outfielder-turned-catcher is likely to open the 2017 season at Triple-A Pawtucket due to a roster crunch. He's a .271/.328/.386 hitter in 383 career major league plate appearances. Monday, 7:46 am
  • Nationals and Werth yet to talk of extension
    Jayson Werth told reporters on Sunday that he and the Nationals have yet to discuss a contract extension to keep the outfielder in Washington beyond the 2017 season.

    Advice: Werth acknowledged that while the two sides hadn't talked yet, "there's always a possibility" that something could get worked out. He's entering the final season of a seven-year, $126 million contract signed in 2011. Werth believes he has plenty left in the tank and has no plans to retire after the upcoming season. Sunday, 7:06 pm
  • Joc Pederson could get more at-bats vs. LHP
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he doesn't envision having a platoon partner for Joc Pederson, indicating that the 24-year-old slugger could get more at-bats against left-handed pitching.

    Advice: Pederson clubbed 25 home runs in just 476 plate appearances in 2016. His at-bats were limited in part due to his struggles against southpaws where he hit just .125/.250/.219 with 22 strikeouts in 64 at-bats. While the extra at-bats could be a boon to his fantasy value, extra exposure against lefties will certainly bring down his already questionable batting average. Sunday, 6:13 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Sunday, 11:36 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
  • 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
  • Smith (oblique) a little behind schedule
    Mallex Smith (oblique) will be held out of early spring training games.

    Advice: Smith tweaked his oblique during winter ball, and the Rays just want to take things cautiously with him. He should be game-ready in relatively short order. Sunday, 10:38 am
  • Charlie Tilson has stress reaction in foot
    Charlie Tilson won't run for 10 days after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

    Advice: Tilson, who suffered the injury on Friday, will be re-evaluated after 10 days. The speedy outfielder entered camp as the favorite for the White Sox' center field job, but he's obviously going to have to stay healthy. Tilson suffered a torn hamstring which required surgery in his lone game with Chicago last season. Sunday, 9:23 am
  • Blake Swihart throws without issue Sunday
    Blake Swihart didn't have any issues with his throwing on Sunday.

    Advice: Swihart appeared to develop a case of the yips on Friday, as he was consistently throwing the ball over the pitcher's head during a bullpen session. However, he had no such issues Sunday, so it looks like it was a short-term thing. Swihart is likely to begin 2017 at Triple-A Pawtucket. Sunday, 8:57 am
  • Khris Davis won't play in WBC for Mexico
    Khris Davis will not play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Davis said that he feels "horrible" about not participating, but he thinks he's "overextended" and wants to focus on getting ready for the season. The slugger hit 42 homers and drove in 102 runs in 2016. Sunday, 7:51 am
  • Black wants Charlie Blackmon to run more
    Rockies manager Bud Black wants Charlie Blackmon to run more this season.

    Advice: Blackmon fell back to 17 stolen bases in 2016 after swiping 43 in 2015, with Black indicating that the drop was due in part to the outfielder's legs not feeling 100 percent. "Charlie is dangerous in (the batter’s) box and became a real threat, each and every time he got in the box or when he got on first base (in 2015)," Black said. "We’ve got to get back to that. We’ve talked about that a little bit. Charlie was a little bit banged up last year. He was able to play, but I don’t think his legs felt great." Blackmon dealt with separate toe issues on two occasions in 2016, so perhaps that's what Black is referring to. Regardless, it's encouraging from a fantasy perspective to hear that Blackmon might be in line to bounce back from a steals standpoint in 2017. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • David Peralta says wrist feels 'great'
    David Peralta said Saturday that his surgically-repaired right wrist feels "great."

    Advice: It was a long rehab for Peralta after he had surgery last August to have a ligament in his wrist tied back into place. He was given a recovery timetable of six months and didn't begin swinging a bat until January 8. Peralta admitted to being nervous last week when he hit off a tee in front of coaches for the first time since the operation, but he came out of it fine. Players sometimes don't get the full strength back in their wrist right away when they've had surgery, and that's a concern for Peralta's fantasy prospects going into 2017. However, for now he appears to be doing well. Sunday, 5:48 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
  • Swihart has issues throwing back to pitcher
    Blake Swihart is having issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

    Advice: Comcast SportsNet New England published a video on Friday of Swihart throwing the ball well over Rick Porcello's head. It's too soon to say that he has the yips, but obviously it's something to keep an eye on. For what it's worth, Swihart says he's not worried. "I feel fine," Swihart said. "I'm not worried and you guys shouldn't be worried either. I'm working on my craft and I promise the ball is going to get there." Friday, 12:49 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
  • Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
  • 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
  • Charlie Tilson has good shot at CF job
    Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that Charlie Tilson "stands a good chance" to be the White Sox' Opening Day center fielder.

    Advice: Acquired from the Cardinals at last year's trade deadline in the Zach Duke deal, Tilson tore his hamstring in his first game with the White Sox last August and had to have surgery. He's fully recovered now, though, and looks like the favorite to win the center field job for the Pale Hose. He could be a cheap speed option in fantasy leagues if he does win the gig, as Tilson once pilfered 46 bags in a season in the minors. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise if center field is ultimately a revolving door for the White Sox in 2017. Monday, 2:03 pm
  • 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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