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2/23/2018 Matt Carpenter, StL, 1B
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't sure when first baseman Matt Carpenter will make his Grapefruit League debut. Carpenter is battling back tightness. For the time being, he is in the hands of the Cardinals' medical staff, who will determine when Carpenter can return to the field.

Analysis: A three-time All-Star, the 32-year-old Carpenter missed much of last spring with back and oblique soreness. Matheny believes Carpenter's recent preseason injury issues can be attributed to his tenacious spring regimen.
2/22/2018 Brent Honeywell, TB, P
Honeywell left the mound during a live batting practice session with what the team diagnosed as a right forearm strain. The 22-year-old right-hander got hurt Thursday while facing major league batters for the first time this spring.

Analysis: Manager Kevin Cash would not speculate on the severity of the injury, adding Honeywell would undergo further evaluation. Cash says ''It's frustrating whether he's going to miss a week or a month or whatever it is.'' Honeywell is regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He was MVP of last year's All-Star Futures Game and went 12-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Durham last season.
2/22/2018 Yonder Alonso, Cle, 1B
Hoping to improve his power statistics, Alonso altered his swing last season and the baseball began to fly. After hitting just 39 home runs in his first seven major league seasons, Alonso connected for 28 in 142 games for Oakland and Seattle.

Analysis: The Indians are counting on his surge to continue. Following first baseman Carlos Santana's departure as a free agent to Philadelphia, the Indians were left with a run-producing void in their lineup and signed the 30-year-old Alonso, who became something of a poster boy for MLB's new elevation trend.
2/21/2018 Cameron Maybin, Mia, CF
Maybin has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, rejoining the team where he played in 2008-10.

Analysis: Maybin gives the young, rebuilding Marlins much-needed experience, along with flexibility because he can play all three outfield positions. He was with the Angels and Astros last year and helped Houston win the World Series. He batted only .228 in 2017 but had 33 steals to rank second in the American League.
2/20/2018 Steven Souza Jr., Ari, RF
Souza was traded to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Yankees.

Analysis: Souza helps fill the outfield power void left in the Diamondbacks' lineup by J.D. Martinez's departure. Souza batted .239 with a career-high 30 home runs and 78 RBIs last year.
2/20/2018 Brandon Drury, NYY, 2B
Drury was traded to the Yankees on Tuesday as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Rays.

Analysis: Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona but came through the minors as a third baseman and could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have top prospect Gleyber Torres penciled in at second. Another prospect, Miguel Andujar, was a leading candidate at third. Drury hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 135 games with Arizona last season.
2/20/2018 Eric Hosmer, SD, 1B
Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs. He drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last year. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage.
2/20/2018 Anibal Sanchez, Min, P
The Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

Analysis: After leading the American League with a 2.57 ERA for Detroit in 2013, Sanchez struggled through the next three seasons for the Tigers while dealing with injuries and being demoted to stints in the bullpen. The 33-year-old Sanchez had a career-worst 6.41 ERA in 2017.
2/19/2018 J.D. Martinez, Ari, RF
Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract.

Analysis: Boston was seeking to add power to a lineup that hit an AL-low 168 home runs. The 30-year-old Martinez has changed his swing to improve his launch angle and become one of the top home-run threats in the majors. He hit .303 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs last year for Detroit and Arizona, which acquired him on July 18 for three prospects. He had 29 homers and 65 RBIs in 62 games with the Diamondbacks, and hit a record-tying four home runs in a game.
2/17/2018 C.J. Cron, TB, 1B
The Rays acquired Cron from the Angels on Saturday for a player to be named.

Analysis: He appeared in 100 games with 92 starts last season, hitting .248 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs.
2/17/2018 Dustin Fowler, Oak, CF
Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee ahead of Oakland's full-squad workouts beginning next week.

Analysis: Manager Bob Melvin said Fowler will then be worked in slowly - the staff and medical department had this in mind all along - likely with just two at-bats initially, not much different from what veteran players do early on when games start. While Melvin typically would use younger players a little longer in exhibition games, it will be a cautious approach with Fowler.
2/17/2018 Rajai Davis, Cle, CF
The Indians have brought back Davis on a minor league deal.

Analysis: Davis led the American League with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016. In Game 7 of the World Series, he hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman before the Indians lost in the 10th to the Chicago Cubs.
2/16/2018 Edinson Volquez, Tex, P
Volquez agreed to a two-year minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday, but he'll sit out the 2018 season as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: Volquez, who made his major league debut with Texas in 2005, went on the DL on July 7 while with the Marlins because of a left knee injury that ended his season. The elbow issue surfaced during his rehabilitation. The right-hander pitched a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks on June 3, part of a three-start winning streak in which he posted a 0.41 ERA. However, Volquez then went 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in his final five outings.
2/16/2018 Jason Vargas, NYM, P
The Mets and Vargas have agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $15 million.

Analysis: Vargas was 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in Kansas City last season, but he was a different pitcher after the All-Star break. He posted a 2.62 ERA in the first half and then was atrocious from mid-July on, recording a 6.38 ERA. The Mets have to hope they're getting first-half Vargas.
2/15/2018 Cliff Pennington, Cin, 2B
The Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with Pennington.

Analysis: Pennington is a utility infielder who could add depth at several positions. He has played for Oakland, Arizona, Toronto and the Angels.
2/15/2018 Jeff Manship, Cin, P
The Reds voided Manship's minor league contract after he failed to pass a physical.

Analysis: Manship has pitched for Minnesota, Colorado, Philadelphia and Cleveland. He went 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 53 games for the Indians in 2016 and pitched in South Korea last season.
2/15/2018 Danny Salazar, Cle, P
Salazar has been dealing with shoulder inflammation, but is making progress, according to MLB.com.

Analysis: It's possible the promising but oft-injured right-hander may not be ready for the start of the season.
2/15/2018 Ryon Healy, Sea, 3B
Healy had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Analysis: Projected to start after he was acquired from Oakland in November, Healy was operated on Wednesday in Philadelphia Dr. Randall W. Culp in a procedure called a metacarpal boss excision. The 26-year-old Healy hit .271 with 25 homers and 78 RBIs last season.
2/14/2018 Chris Stewart, Atl, C
Stewart has agreed to a one-year, $575,000 deal with the Braves.

Analysis: The 35-year-old hit .183 in 51 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. He is a seven-year major league veteran. ''He's on a big league, non-guaranteed deal,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. ''We'll see how he looks in camp. If something happens in the next six weeks, it gives us another option.''
2/13/2018 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Analysis: Roberts made the announcement Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training with the defending NL champions. Kershaw turns 30 on March 19. He is tied with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton at seven opening-day starts. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA last year.
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