Players News

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that owners are "steadfast" in seeking to end the season around November 1. 


Jun 04   12:29 PM

Heyman reports that owners believe that time frame gives teams the best chance to complete a season and playoffs without having to shut things down again before a potential second wave increases cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MLBPA, on the other hand, believes that teams can play deeper into November; citing sports like the NFL and college football that reportedly plan on doing so. It's just one of several issues that have to be worked out -- and worked out quickly -- before the season has a chance to begin/take place. 


Baseball America reports that the Orioles have released Branden Kline. 


Jun 04   11:20 AM

Kline was outrighted off the Orioles' 40-man roster in February. The 28-year-old pitched 41 innings of relief last year for Baltimore with an unattractive 5.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in that time frame. 


Baseball America reports that the Orioles have released Richard Urena. 


Jun 04   11:20 AM

Urena is one of 37 players that were released by the Orioles recently. The infielder was designated for assignment in February and went unclaimed when put on waivers. The 23-year-old has struggled against MLB pitching with a .253/.300/.336 slash over 263 plate appearances. 


Dan Connelly of the Athletic reports that Branden Kline and Richard Urena have not been released by the Orioles.


Jun 04   11:20 AM

It was reported earlier on Wednesday by Baseball America that both Kline and Urena were among the massive minors cuts by Baltimore, but it appears to be an error. Both players were outrighted off the 40-man rosters in February, but at least for now, they remain a part of the Orioles' organization. 


Orioles released RHP Branden Kline.


Jun 04   10:12 AM

Kline was outrighted off the Orioles' 40-man roster in February. The 28-year-old pitched 41 innings of relief last year for Baltimore with an unattractive 5.93 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in that time frame. 


Orioles released INF Richard Urena.


Jun 04   10:12 AM

Urena is one of 37 players that were released by the Orioles recently. The infielder was designated for assignment in February and went unclaimed when put on waivers. The 23-year-old has struggled against MLB pitching with a .253/.300/.336 slash over 263 plate appearances. 


Reds released INF Gavin LaValley.


Jun 04   9:02 AM

LaValley was one of 48 Reds' minor leaguers who were released by Cincinnati. The former fourth-round pick was viewed as a potential power hitter coming out of high school, but was unable to advance past Double-A and leaves the organization with an OPS of .731 in six seasons in the organization. 


Diamondbacks released OF Travis Snider.


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Arizona re-signed Snider to a minor league deal this winter after he posted a strong .294/.402/.497 batting line over 368 plate appearances at Triple-A Reno in 2019. It could be a while before the 32-year-old outfielder gets a look with a new club. He was selected 14th overall by the Blue Jays in the 2006 MLB Draft.


ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball "intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries."


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Passan added on SportsCenter that the new proposal would call for 50-60 regular season games, and likely an expanded playoff format. The players, in their recent counter-proposal, pushed for 114 regular season games, but that MLB and the owners have caved on the prorated pay element -- which had been a sticking point for the union -- gives hope that there could be some form of financial agreement in the near future. The two sides also need to sort out certain aspects of the health and safety guidelines that would be necessary to put on games. Major League Baseball is supposedly aiming to begin this abbreviated regular season sometime in July.


Mariners released LHP Manny Banuelos.


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Banuelos allowed two earned runs in two innings of work this spring in the Cactus League. The 29-year-old southpaw signed a minor league contract with Seattle in February after posting a 6.93 ERA and 44/33 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings (eight starts, eight relief appearances) with the White Sox in 2019.


Cardinals released C Oscar Hernandez.


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Hernandez was in Cardinals camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract and went 0-for-6 with one strikeout during Grapefruit League play. The 26-year-old likely would have been ticketed for Triple-A Memphis, but it appears that there will be no form of a Triple-A season in 2020.


Angels released LHP Luiz Gohara.


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Gohara was a highly-ranked prospect not all that long ago, but he ran into shoulder issues in the spring of 2019 and ultimately got released by the Braves before the end of the season. He went on to sign a minor league contract with the Angels, and it's all but official that there will be no minor league baseball games in 2020. The 23-year-old left-hander might not get another shot until 2021.


Angels released OF Dustin Peterson.


Jun 04   12:26 AM

Peterson was one of 39 players cut loose by the Angels over the last week. The 25-year-old former second-round pick is a .217/.265/.304 career hitter in 49 plate appearances at the MLB level.


Reds general manager Dick Williams said Wednesday that Eugenio Suarez (shoulder) is 100 percent.


Jun 03   6:40 PM

It had looked like Suarez had a chance to be ready by the original Opening Day, so it's not a surprise that he's back to 100 percent by this point. The third baseman had surgery in January to remove loose cartilage in his right shoulder.


Wilson Ramos has begun working out at the Mets' spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


Jun 03   12:03 PM

The facility officially opened on Monday for players who make their offseason home in the area. It had been closed for more than two months. Some teams are planning spring training 2.0 for their regular-season cities, while others are making plans at their normal spring camp sites. Hopefully there is a financial/health agreement soon between the owners and union which will allow Major League Baseball as a whole to kick back into gear.


High school outfielder Dylan Crews, an LSU commit, has removed himself from the MLB draft, according to Baseball America's Carlos Collazo.


Jun 02   9:37 PM

BA had Crews ranked as the No. 53 prospect in the draft. One imagines more than a few players who otherwise would have been drafted and signed with teams this summer will instead opt to go to or remain in college because of what MLB has done to the draft.


Travis Sawchik of FiveThirtyEight reports that a potential 50-game MLB season is not acceptable to players.


Jun 02   12:24 PM

It should be said that a 50-game regular season hasn't been formally proposed, but it has been floated as a possibility. The issue for the players is a financial one. While this newest concept would include full prorated pay, the bottom line doesn't really change. Sawchik writes that the first proposal would give players about 31 percent of 2020 pay and this new idea would give them just about the same.  The players opened the door to some flexibility with the idea of deferrals, so there's certainly some room for negotiation. Odds are if there's a season, middle ground will be found between the concept of 50-60 regular season games or the players' proposal of 114 games. Still, Sawchik notes that the players will be "done" talking if the owners don't come to the table with an official counter-proposal.


Angels released LHP Luiz Gohara.


Jun 01   8:36 PM

Gohara was a highly-ranked prospect not all that long ago, but he ran into shoulder issues in the spring of 2019 and ultimately got released by the Braves in August. He went on to sign a minor league contract with the Angels, but it's all but official that there will be no minor league season in 2020.


Angels released OF Dustin Peterson.


Jun 01   8:36 PM

Peterson was one of 39 players cut loose by the Angels over the last week. The 25-year-old former second-round pick is a .217/.265/.304 career hitter in 49 plate appearances at the MLB level.


ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball "intends to propose a shorter season in which they would pay players a full prorated share of their salaries."


Jun 01   8:18 PM

Passan added on SportsCenter that the new proposal would call for 50-60 regular season games, and likely an expanded playoff format. The players, in their recent counter-proposal, pushed for 114 regular season games, but that MLB and the owners have caved on the prorated pay element -- which had been a sticking point for the union -- gives hope that there could be some form of financial agreement in the near future. The two sides also need to sort out certain aspects of the health and safety guidelines that would be necessary to put on games. Major League Baseball is supposedly aiming to begin this abbreviated regular season sometime in July.


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