- The day has finally come. On Sunday, pitchers and catchers reported to kick off Spring Training 2017, which means the MLB regular season is right around the corner! Each team is coming in believing that they will have a shot at the World Series, or be the surprise team that everybody is talking about throughout the year. The Chicago Cubs ended their 108 year title drought last season by defeating the Cleveland Indians--who now hold reign of the longest drought without an MLB championship at 69 years. However, with the addition of Edwin Encarnacion, Boone Logan, Austin Jackson and others, they are looking to go back to the Fall Classic and win it all this time. Expectations will be exceeded, and others will disappoint and underachieve, but for right now, every team is undefeated and looking to capture The Commissioner’s Trophy in November.
- According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, numerous teams have asked about infielder Erik Gonzalez, but the Tribe could choose to use him in a utility role instead of Michael Martinez due to his upside.
News and Notes
- Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that if the Arizona Diamondbacks have another non-contending season, they might potentially consider trading All-Star Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder A.J. Pollock.
- According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Cardinals third basemen Jedd Gyorko and Jhonny Peralta will battle for the starting third baseman position.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Atlanta Braves utility man Sean Rodriguez will miss three to five months due to shoulder surgery after a car crash in January.
- Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban lefty Osvaldo Hernandez has declared free agency, and can sign with any club. The Astros, Braves, Mets, Padres, Rangers, Reds and Red Sox have all shown interest in the 18-year old. He currently isn’t ranked in the top prospects list. He throws a fastball between 92-94 mph.
- Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed righty Nathan Eovaldi to a major league deal. It will include a $2MM salary for 2017, and a club option for 2018 with incentives.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent Travis Wood has received contract offers from the Chicago Cubs, but the San Diego Padres and two other teams are still in the mix.
- According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals were closing on a deal that would send righty David Robertson to the Nationals. However, both sides have reached a stalemate and talks have slowed. The White Sox are still optimistic.
- According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the trade of Brandon Phillips leaves more playing time for Jose Peraza and Dilson Herrera.