- Another free agent slugger is off the board as the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement with Adam Lind on a one-year, $1.5MM deal with a club option for the 2018 season per Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio. The Nationals had been lacking bench depth and adding Lind gives them a power bat off the bench. Lind enjoyed a subpar season with the Seattle Mariners last season as he hit .239/.286/.431 but did belt 20 home runs across 430 plate appearances. Lind has always struggled against left-handed pitching but has feasted on right-handed pitching as he owns a career .287/.347/.502 slash line with 164 home runs and 552 RBIs against righties. It’s fair to assume a good chunk of his at-bats should come against right-handed pitching as he should form a platoon with current first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and also should be called upon to be a reliable pinch-hitting option in late game situations. The Nationals are clearly hoping his left-handed pop can help provide their bench with a spark for the 2017 season.
- The Kansas City Royals have inked southpaw Travis Wood to a two-year, $12MM deal per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The Royals are filling up with as much pitching depth as possible in the wake of Yordando Ventura’s tragic death. Wood will most likely battle for the fifth spot in the rotation against Nate Karns in Spring Training. He joins former Chicago Cubs teammates Jason Hammel and Jorge Soler as the newest members of the Royals this offseason.
- The recovery time for Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos appears to be a little longer than originally anticipated. Ramos is not expected to be ready to play until July and will reportedly not be ready to even catch a game until August per Bill Chastain of MLB.com. The Rays knew his recovery time was going to cut into the regular season and while he’ll be sidelined a little longer than expected, there is no reason to rush his recovery from a torn ACL.
- Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Homer Baily is hoping to be ready to take the mound by early June per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was reportedly set to go for Opening Day until he had to have another surgery, this time to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. It’s just another injury for the Reds pitcher whom they chose to extend over Johnny Cueto back in 2014.null