Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has never lacked for confidence, and nothing that has happened over the past four years is going change that.
Free agent Edinson Volquez, who pitched for the Rangers from 2005-07, is returning to the club on a two-year Minor League contract while he recovers from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
It was only the first bullpen sessions of the spring, but catchers’ mitts were popping on Friday at Mariners camp as hard-throwing closer Edwin Diaz and burly new setup man Juan Nicasio fired sizzling fastballs side by side for a 10-minute session.
On a Mariners team with several players sporting flowing locks and bushy beards, Mike Leake decided to go the other direction this spring.
It appears the Astros will have one roster spot open for a position player come Opening Day. Max Stassi is hoping to claim it.
There will be an open competition in camp for the Astros to find a left-handed relief pitcher, though there’s no guarantees they would carry one.
Bob Watson’s life and career were celebrated in grand style in Houston on Friday, with the announcement that soon, a facility dedicated to educating young people will bear his name.
Executives from the Astros, Nationals and FITTEAM Global will announce FITTEAM as the naming-rights partner of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Wednesday in a ceremony at home plate.
Albert Pujols arrived at Angels camp Friday looking leaner and stronger after dropping 13-15 pounds over his first surgery-free offseason in two years.
The Angels refrained from naming an official closer in 2017, preferring to keep bullpen roles fluid and deploy their most effective relievers in high-leverage situations, regardless of the inning.
General manager Jon Daniels reinforced that on Friday, when he said the Rangers did try to sign free-agent pitcher Andrew Cashner before he accepted a two-year deal with the Orioles.