This is about as simple as it gets. No new faces. No position battles. Just Andrew McCutchen flanked by Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco — arguably the best outfield trio in the Majors
Howie Kendrick isn’t happy with the way free agency treated him, but he insists he’s happy to be back with the Dodgers anyway.
For the first time in more than a decade, the Reds on Thursday argued in an arbitration hearing against one of their players in reliever J.J. Hoover. On Friday, the arbitration panel apparently ruled in favor of Hoover, who tweeted a thank-you to his agents.
The Angels claimed lefty reliever Christian Friedrich from the Rockies on Friday and designated infielder Taylor Featherston for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster. Friedrich, who is out of options, will compete for a bullpen role in Spring Training.
Contact wins ballgames, right? It’s certainly the narrative of the day, but there’s a big difference between good contact and bad contact. Statcast can show exactly how much better off hitters are when they’re swinging at strikes, and it makes for a big deal.
The arbitration hearing between the Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson is set for Feb. 15, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter), giving the two sides 10 days to work out a multi-year deal. President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins said last night that the two sides have been discussing such a pact, and the hearing deadline certainly gives the club motivation to strike a deal. The Blue Jays employ a file-and-trial approach to arbitration, which is to say that the team is one of many that have a policy against negotiating on one-year deals once figures are exchanged. That approach led to a hearing between the Blue Jays and Donaldson last year, and both sides undoubtedly would prefer to avoid a hearing for the second straight season. The Blue Jays won a hearing over Donaldson last winter, though he’ll have an American League MVP Award in his corner this season. Those interested in Donaldson’s case can check out an in-depth look from MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz, written as part of his Arbitration Breakdown series, prior to the exchange of figures. Here’s more from the AL East… The Cubs and reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta are on a tighter schedule, as Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago/670thescore.com reports (on Twitter). Arrieta’s arbitration hearing is set to come next Tuesday — Feb. 9.
Here are the day’s minor moves and outright assignments from around the league: The Orioles will hold onto outfielder L.J. Hoes after he cleared outright waivers, per a club announcement. Baltimore re-acquired Hoes from the Astros earlier in the offseason, but designated him about a week back to clear roster space for the addition of Efren Navarro. Hoes continues to produce at Triple-A, and is only 25 years old, but has struggled to a .237/.289/.329 batting line in 337 Major League plate appearances. The Brewers announced that outfielder Shane Peterson, who was designated for assignment when the team acquired Rymer Liriano from the Padres, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville
The Baltimore Orioles accounted for much of the offseason action Thursday, announcing a trade with the Padres, avoiding arbitration with one of their players and surfacing in free-agent rumors.
Second base is home to some of the best defensive players in all of baseball, providing countless highlight-reel plays each season. The position also features some of the game’s most steady and productive hitters. MLB Network chronicled many of these dual threats Thursday night, unveiling its top 10 second basemen.