For the first time since general manager Dayton Moore came to the Royals in May 2006, the Royals went to arbitration with a player. And the Royals prevailed.
Sitting in his office early Friday morning, Royals manager Ned Yost suggested it was way too early to begin formulating his rotation for 2018.
After five strong seasons in the Minors, Mitch Garver has put himself in prime position to make the Twins’ Opening Day roster for the first time as backup catcher to Jason Castro, especially with last year’s backup Chris Gimenez signing with the Cubs on a Minor League deal.
Michael Brantley is once again on the comeback trail, hoping to rejoin the regular spring schedule rather than working through a detailed program provided by the Indians’ medical and training staff. Following surgery on his right ankle in October, Brantley is behind the pack this preseason and his availability for Opening Day is questionable.
After missing the first day of camp to attend to an undisclosed personal matter, Twins closer Fernando Rodney arrived at Hammond Stadium on Thursday and will throw his first official bullpen on Friday.
The Tigers have had just a couple days of Spring Training workouts, but so far, general manager Al Avila likes the feeling around camp as a younger roster goes to work.
It wasn’t Joe Jimenez’s plan to hang in Lakeland this offseason. Normally, the Tigers pitcher goes home to Puerto Rico and works out there. Then Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck, devastating his family’s home and much of the rest of the island.
Royals manager Ned Yost is adamant that no one, not even Paulo Orlando, has the inside track for the center-field job.
When the Royals re-signed shortstop Alcides Escobar last month, it seemed almost a given that Raul Mondesi would be ticketed for Triple-A Omaha when the season starts simply so he would be assured regular playing time. Not so fast.
White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech has discovered that a key to his success is finding a healthy way to hurry up and wait. Slow down and be patient, he still tells himself. He uses meditation to keep him grounded and focused on what he can control and not on what he can’t.
When White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez recalls the people that helped him fulfill his big league dream, he thinks about his grandparents, his mother and the coaches that have shaped his life.