- Left fielder Michael Brantley is reportedly entering the next phase of his rehab as he is now doing non-contact swings per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. After missing practically all of the 2016 season, the Indians are crossing their fingers for a full recovery in which Brantley can re-join the team and help deepen an already dangerous lineup.
- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign former Cleveland Indian outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6MM pact per Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Davis returns to a familiar setting where he spent 2008-2010 with the Athletics earlier in his career. He brings plenty of speed to an Athletics team that ranked at the bottom in stolen bases in 2016. Davis is coming off a solid year with the defending American League Champions in which he batted .249/.306/.388 while hitting a career-best 12 home runs and swiped 43 bases for the Indians. He brings plenty of veteran experience to a still rather young Athletics clubhouse and should help boost their base running skills tremendously in the coming season.
- The Kansas City Royals have acquired former Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Peter O’Brien for right-hander Sam Lewis per a club announcement. O’Brien was noted for his raw power but has always lacked plate discipline and never graded out as an above-average defender so a move to the American League might be the best fit for him as he can hit in the DH spot.
- The Royals also reportedly had trade talks with the St. Louis Cardinals about first baseman Matt Adams per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Adams is the odd man out in St. Louis and is a prime trade candidate to an American League club in need of a designated hitter but the Royals may no longer be a match now that they have O’Brien.
- The Cincinnati Reds have signed veteran right-handed reliever Drew Storen to a one-year, $3MM contract per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. The Reds had one of the worst bullpens in the major league in 2016 so adding a veteran arm like Storen will do some of the younger relievers some good.
- The San Francisco Giants are showing some interest in Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang per Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Hwang is not subject to international posting and qualifies as a free agent so the Giants don’t need to bid to have exclusive talks with him. Hwang hit 26 home runs in 118 games in the KBO league and may be an attractive upgrade at the hot corner for teams if his power translates at the major league level.