Players News

Romy Gonzalez and Lenyn Sosa will compete in spring training for the White Sox' starting job at second base.


Feb 04   10:43 AM

Barring an unexpected acquisition prior to Opening Day, Gonzalez and Sosa are the most likely internal options to fill the White Sox' second-base void. Veteran journeymen Hanser Alberto and Erik González are in camp on minor league deals, but don't exactly profile as viable everyday options. It sounds like Chicago is penciling Leury Garcia into a utility role. There isn't a ton of fantasy appeal here, but it's a position battle worth following for managers in AL-only formats.


Rangers signed RHP Aidan Anderson to a minor league contract.


Feb 04   9:38 AM

Anderson spent the previous two seasons in the Phillies' minor league system and posted a 5.62 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 32/13 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings (31 appearances, two starts) last year across three levels in the lower minors. The 25-year-old righty reliever has made just six appearances above High-A.


Mariners re-signed C Josh Morgan to a minor league contract.


Feb 04   9:38 AM

Morgan was a third-round selection of the Rangers back in 2014 and has yet to reach the majors. The 27-year-old backstop functioned as extra organizational catching depth across the Mariners' minor league system last year, getting into 26 contests across three levels. Simply put, someone has to catch a ton of bullpen sessions in the minor leagues for every organization.


Jordan Romano will not pitch for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.


Feb 04   9:38 AM

Fantasy managers should expect to see more of these type of announcements in the coming weeks as teams seek to prevent critical pitchers from ramping up too early away from team facilities. Romano is among the elite closers in the fantasy landscape after recording 59 saves over the last two season to go along with a sublime 2.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 158/46 K/BB ratio across 127 innings (125 appearances).


Mariners sent RHP J.B. Bukauskas outright to Triple-A Tacoma.


Feb 03   9:53 PM

The 29-year-old had been designated for assignment earlier in the week, but he passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as additional pitching depth for the Mariners. Bukauskas missed the entire 2022 campaign due to a teres major strain in his right shoulder and a hamstring injury that he suffered while rehabbing.


Jake McGee announced his retirement from professional baseball.


Feb 03   9:08 PM

The 36-year-old southpaw has struggled in recent seasons, but he was once considered among the top left-handed relievers in all of baseball. He finishes his career with a 3.71 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 79 saves and a 613/156 K/BB ratio over 572 1/3 innings spanning 13 big league seasons with the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants, Brewers and Nationals.


Padres signed RHP Nick Hernandez to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   7:39 PM

The 27-year-old hurler elected to explore the free agent market this winter after spending his entire minor league career with the Astros. Hernandez posted a strong 3.66 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and an 85/31 K/BB ratio over 64 innings in the minor leagues during the 2022 season -- most of that at Triple-A Corpus Christi. He'll begin the season at Triple-A El Paso, but if he pitches well we should see him in San Diego at some point during the 2023 season.


Mariners signed LHP Ian Clarkin to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   7:39 PM

The 27-year-old southpaw was a first-round selection (33rd overall) by the Yankees way back in 2013. Clarkin did not pitch during the 2022 season after posting an underwhelming 7.86 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and a 32/38 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque for the Rockies in 2021.


Twins re-signed RHP Aaron Sanchez to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   7:19 PM

The 30-year-old right-hander made eight appearances (three starts) with the Twins during the 2022 season, posting a 4.71 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 25/7 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. On a minor league contract, Sanchez makes for a nice signing to add rotation depth for the Twins.


Rangers signed LHP Andrew Mitchell to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   7:19 PM

Mitchell, 28, was a 14th-round selection by the Mets from the 2018 draft class and spent his first five minor league seasons in their organization. In 2022, he posted a cringe-inducing 6.37 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 30/22 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings between Double-A Binghampton and Triple-A Syracuse. He'll function as bullpen depth in the upper minors to start the 2023 season.


Cubs signed RHP Curtis Taylor to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   7:19 PM

The 27-year-old hurler is still waiting to make his big league debut. He spent the 2022 season in the Nationals' organization where he compiled a 3.91 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 52/18 K/BB ratio over 46 innings -- primarily at Triple-A Rochester. He'll add depth in the bullpen for the Cubs and could finally break through and reach the big leagues at some point during the upcoming season.


Twins signed RHP Nolan Blackwood to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:55 PM

The 27-year-old hurler has yet to make his big league debut. He spent the past four-and-a-half seasons in the Tigers' organization after being acquired in a deadline deal that sent Mike Fiers to the Athletics. Blackwood posted a 3.81 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 38/19 K/BB ratio across 49 2/3 innings out of the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo in 2022.


Nationals signed OF Blake Rutherford to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:55 PM

Rutherford, 25, was a first-round pick (18th overall) by the Yankees from the 2016 draft. He spent the entire 2022 season at Triple-A Charlotte for the White Sox slashing a healthy .271/.311/.428 with 13 homers, 58 RBI, eight stolen bases and a 91/21 K/BB ratio over 467 plate appearances. It wouldn't be surprising to see him make his big league debut at some point during the 2023 season.


Yankees signed RHP Ian Hamilton to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:55 PM

Hamilton, 27, has logged just 14 2/3 innings over parts of three different seasons in his big league career, registering a 4.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 9/8 K/BB ratio. He'll add bullpen depth in the upper minors for the Yankees to begin the 2023 season.


Blue Jays signed C Jamie Ritchie to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:55 PM

The Blue Jays are absolutely stacked in terms of catching depth, so there's virtually no chance of Ritchie seeing time with the big league club in 2023. The 29-year-old backstop hit .242/.375/.283 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 35 games at Triple-A Indianapolis in 2022.


Rangers re-signed OF Josh Sale to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:36 PM

The 31-year-old former first-round pick finally got his first taste of the upper minors in 2022 -- after seven years away from affiliated ball -- slashing .229/.343/.420 with 11 homers, 33 RBI and three stolen bases in 72 games at Triple-A Round Rock. It's good to see him getting his life and career back on track, and he should begin the 2023 campaign just one step away from his long-awaited big league debut.


Marlins signed RHP Johan Quezada to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:36 PM

The 28-year-old hurler made his big league debut with the Marlins during the truncated 2020 season -- posting a 9.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over three innings in his three appearances. He'll add bullpen depth in the upper minors to begin the 2023 campaign.


Twins signed LHP Locke St. John to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:36 PM

The 30-year-old left-hander spent the majority of the 2022 season at the Triple-A level for the Cubs and Mets, where he compiled a 5.88 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and a 43/29 K/BB ratio across 49 innings. He'll add bullpen depth for the Twins.


Rangers re-signed INF Nick Tanielu to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   6:20 PM

Tanielu, 30, spent the 2022 campaign in the Rangers system where he hit .236/.322/.379 with six homers and 40 RBI in 318 plate appearances at Triple-A Round Rock. He'll continue to serve as minor league infield depth for the Rangers.


Twins signed RHP Parker Bugg to a minor league contract.


Feb 03   5:52 PM

The 28-year-old hurler spent the first seven years of his minor league career in the Marlins organization, most recently posting a 3.33 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 54/32 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Jacksonville. He'll add bullpen depth for the Twins.


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